Rich Tucker

My male friends include lawyers, professors, executives, journalists. Their wives are lawyers, teachers, entrepreneurs and, yes, stay-at-home mothers. Each of the college-educated men I know married a college-educated woman. No one married a servant girl. Each is with a woman at least as smart as he is.

As to about feminism, it has indeed become a “cruel hoax,” because it’s become the very thing it set out to oppose. The feminist movement tells women what they must do: Work outside the home and have a career, or be considered a failure.
That’s really not much different from the old days, when society supposedly prevented women from working outside the home and insisted they stay home and raise children.

Some mothers work full-time outside the home. Some work part-time. Some work from home. Some are full-time moms. The key is each can choose. That choice is what feminism ought to be all about.

On her way out of the CNN studio, Dowd might have bumped into another celebrated journalist-author, Mary Mapes. She’s the woman who in 2004 peddled obviously forged documents about President Bush’s National Guard service on “60 Minutes II.”

When the documents were exposed as frauds, most expected Mapes to quietly go away. Instead, she’s attempting a comeback with her book, “Truth and Duty, the Press, the President and the Privilege of Power.”

Sadly, Mapes simply doesn’t understand journalism. “No one has been able to prove [the documents] were forged,” she told CNN’s Larry King. Well, Mary, that’s your job. It’s not up to viewers to determine documents are real -- it’s up to the journalists putting the story together to prove they’re real. They weren’t.

Two weeks after the story aired, CBS News appointed a blue-ribbon panel to investigate. Its report faulted CBS for shoddy reporting. As a result four people, including Mapes, lost their jobs.

“The panel finds that once serious questions were raised, the defense of the segment became more rigid and emphatic, and that virtually no attempt was made to determine whether the questions raised had merit,” its report said. That one sentence is as good a review of Mapes’ book as anyone will ever need. 

In the interest of full disclosure, I haven’t bothered to read either Dowd’s book or Mapes’s. Nor should anyone else.

Rich Tucker

Rich Tucker is a communications professional and a columnist for