WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9, 2014
Then succumbs to a slow transcript day: Last night, the gender wage gap was widely discussed on MSNBC’s programs.
The channel hasn’t posted its transcripts yet. That’s bad.
We aren’t going to do the transcribing ourselves. For that reason, we’ll settle for our recollections of some of the things that occurred.
On the Chris Hayes show, a pair of bright young guests wandered off the reservation. They said the gender wage gap is roughly seven cents on the dollar when you adjust for factors like seniority, hours worked and type of work.
It seemed to us that guest host Ari Melber did his best to move the discussion away from that undesirable factoid. Meanwhile, one of these inconvenient guests stressed an obvious point—even if there is only seven cents’ worth of discrimination, that seven cents of discrimination should of course be addressed.
Still, everyone from Obama on down has been pimping the inaccurate idea that women lose 23 cents on the dollar “for the same or equal work.” Again and again, we see people saying that this just isn’t the case.
Women get paid 77 cents on the dollar for the same or equal work! To all appearances, the Democratic Party is going to push that bogus perception in an attempt to survive this year’s elections.
If so, they’ll do it for an obvious reason. It will mean they don’t know how to approach the public unless they make things up.
In the past, this has been the trademark behavior of the corporate right. (If we lower our tax rates, we get extra revenue!) It’s sad to see the liberal world following this path.
(We thought we saw a White House spokesperson trying to obscure the basic facts on the Hayes show last night. We’ll check the transcript, if it ever appears.)
The most remarkable thing we saw last night was Rachel Maddow’s presentation on this topic. We’ve reached the point where we’re really wondering about the inside of Maddow’s head.
Can she really be this incompetent? Could she possibly be this dishonest?
In her segment, Maddow immediately misrepresented the views of Bill O’Reilly and Megyn Kelly, each of whom has given perfectly sensible accounts of the size of the gender wage gap on recent programs. In each case, Maddow cherry-picked other statements, thus giving a false impression.
Beyond that, she grossly misrepresented the contents of an official statement by the Republican Party about the gender wage gap. To peruse the GOP brochure, just click here.
Sad but true: That GOP brochure is much clearer, and much more accurate, than Maddow’s work on this topic, which has been utterly hopeless. Last night, Maddow grossly misrepresented what that brochure says.
That said, what made Maddow's segment especially striking was the return of Heidi Hartmann, the George Washington University professor with whom Maddow discussed this topic in April 2012.
We just watched the tape of last night’s segment again. Professor Hartmann was bad. Cable star Maddow was awful.
Maddow seems completely unable, or completely unwilling, to make Hartmann answer this basic question—how much of the gender wage gap is caused by discrimination? In turn, Hartmann seems disinclined to answer that question unless she is forced.
Maddow’s discussion of this issue was by far the worst we saw last night. This channel’s performance is breaking down fast, but Maddow is leading the race to the bottom.
That said, MSNBC is having a slow transcript day. We’ll have to wait for another day to show you what was said.
Worms have been eating the nation’s brains! In particular, the pseudo-liberal world seems to be losing ground fast.