Yet just days after the liberal icon Schultz calls Ingraham a slut, it was the head of the Democratic National Committee, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schlutz, who charged that Republicans are “anti-woman” and waging a "war on woman" in Congress. The basis for her charge? The Republican push to defund Planned Parenthood and cut other spending.
People can disagree about these proposals' merits, but my kindergartener could tell them that name calling isn't the way to win arguments. Several Republican female Congresswomen responded with a statement condemning Wasserman-Schlutz language, and explaining how they believe their agenda actually advances women's interests:
Republican women fight every day for the women who can't start a business because of burdensome taxes and regulations, for the women who worry that we are capping their children's future and trading it to China in exchange for cheap loans, for the women who deserve to make their own health care choices, and for this year's young women graduates who are entering a job market stagnated by Washington-driven uncertainty.
Well put. Yet Republicans shouldn't have to respond to charges that they have launched a "war" on half of the American population. To the contrary, Ms. Wasserman-Schlutz should be facing questions about her careless slander of a political party. Republican women shouldn't just offer evidence against the offensive charge, they should be demanding an apology.
Media elites who claim they want a more civil discourage should begin by setting some ground rules. Having the right to free speech (which of course Ed Schultz has) doesn't mean you have the right to your own talk show. Calling a pundit with whom you disagree a "slut" should be out of bounds for those who want to be considered in the business of serious news. We should also expect our political leaders to debate policies on their merits, rather than name calling. And yes, those standards should apply to conservatives and liberals alike.
Carrie Lukas is the managing director of the Independent Women's Forum. To join IWF in calling for MSNBC to fire Ed Schultz, visit here: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#!/FireEdSchultz
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