Sometimes, this kind of attack actually airs on the NBC News mother ship. During a June 2009 discussion on NBC's "Today" show about Sarah Palin's role in the GOP, comedian Chuck Nice cracked, "I've got to say, she is very much like herpes, she's not going away." The network's legal analyst Dan Abrams, said admiringly, "That's the advantage of being Chuck Nice. You can say that and there's no repercussions." There are no repercussions when women who are not liberal enough are thoroughly insulted for their lack of enlightenment.
Michele Bachmann's presidential campaign was a joke to MSNBC. Joe Scarborough said so: "Michele Bachmann is a joke...Her candidacy is a joke." Joe has favored Jon Huntsman because, "He can speak in complete sentences. One sentence actually relates to the previous sentence."
If the woman is a liberal -- an apparently full-blooded authentic female -- then NBC and MSNBC are more likely to bend. Liberals who wanted Hillary Clinton to beat Barack Obama in 2008 actually campaigned against Chris Matthews as in need of a sexism watch for suggesting she was "witchy" and had a voice like "fingernails on a blackboard." David Shuster got suspended for suggesting Hillary was "pimping out" her daughter Chelsea on the campaign trail.
But women such as Sarah Palin don't get a fraction of that politeness, even from other women. Former ABC reporter Jami Floyd came on MSNBC in November 2010 and said, "The governor says she's an extraordinary asset to her party. I say she's an extraordinary ass, frankly."
Let's not countenance those media elites sermonizing that Republicans have a monopoly on running down women. Every journalist should face the reality that networks such as NBC and MSNBC have waged their own rhetorical War on Women -- and one that is far nastier, far more insulting than Rush Limbaugh has ever said in his entire life.