Two days after decrying "deep sexism that runs through our society," Dick Morris provided more examples

››› ››› MATTHEW BIEDLINGMAIER

After Gov. Sarah Palin was announced as Sen. John McCain's running mate, Dick Morris characterized the media's coverage of Palin as the result of "the deep sexism that runs through our society." Two days later, Morris said that "when a woman wants to attack, it's hard because she's seen as strident or shrill," adding: "[Sen.] Hillary [Clinton] has that problem perhaps because she is strident and shrill."

Two days after characterizing the media's coverage of Gov. Sarah Palin as the result of "the deep sexism that runs through our society," Fox News contributor Dick Morris said on the September 4 edition of Neal Boortz's nationally syndicated radio show, following Palin's speech at the Republican National Convention the previous day, that "when a woman wants to attack, it's hard because she's seen as strident or shrill." Morris added: "[Sen.] Hillary [Clinton] has that problem perhaps because she is strident and shrill. But Sarah did it very pleasantly, and it was a wonderful model." Similarly, in his September 4 New York Post column, Morris wrote of Palin's speech: "Many women look bad when they attack their opponents, too often seeming strident and shrill. But Palin was funny and irreverant [sic], with a biting wit and a joy of combat that was exhilarating to watch."

On the September 2 edition of Fox News' Hannity & Colmes, Morris stated of the media's coverage of Palin: "A man would never have had to go through this. That his husband -- that her husband with DWI 20 years ago, that her daughter is having a kid, that there's a fight going on between her sister and her husband and the husband tasered the kid." He added: "It would never be asked about a man. It's the deep sexism that runs through our society."

During the September 3 edition of Comedy Central's The Daily Show, after airing a video clip of Morris' comment about "the deep sexism that runs through our society," host Jon Stewart highlighted several previous statements from Morris' appearance on the November 5, 2007, edition of Hannity & Colmes including, "When a woman wants to be president, she shouldn't complain based on gender," and "This is what Hillary Clinton always does -- she retreats behind the apron strings."

From the September 4 edition of Cox Radio Syndication's The Neal Boortz Show:

MORRIS: I think a couple of things happened. First of all, we discovered a superstar last night.

BOORTZ: You really think so?

MORRIS: Oh, absolutely. This woman is incredible. And you know what it is? She brings an English parliamentary political sense to American politics. We're used to the Rocky model.

BOORTZ: Yeah.

MORRIS: Punch them in the ribs and train on cow carcasses. The British don't do it that way. They do it with humor, and ranking people out, and mocking them. And that's what Sarah did. And when a woman wants to attack, it's hard because she's seen as strident or shrill. Hillary has that problem --

BOORTZ: She did it very pleasantly last night.

MORRIS: -- perhaps because she is strident and shrill. But Sarah did it very pleasantly and was really neat. It's a wonderful model.

From Morris' September 4 New York Post column:

With sass and wit, sarcasm and sincerity, courage and strength, Sarah Palin last night showed us a new model of female politician.

Her family stories were genuine and real. Her commitment to special-needs children was moving. Her contempt for special interests was obvious.

And her putdowns of Barack Obama's rhetoric and her praise of John McCain's character and achievements were welcome and well delivered.

Many women look bad when they attack their opponents, too often seeming strident and shrill. But Palin was funny and irreverant, with a biting wit and a joy of combat that was exhilarating to watch.

Sometimes she reminded us of the hockey mom she is. Other times, she was an American Margaret Thatcher - mobilizing humor and biting satire to mock the opposition.

From the September 2 edition of Fox News' Hannity & Colmes:

SEAN HANNITY (co-host): Well, I got to tell you, one of the things that has emerged in this campaign, in my view, is -- Sarah Palin has been now in the public spotlight for five days. There have been tougher and harder questions that have been asked relentlessly by a biased news media about her daughter than about Barack Obama, who's been running for 19 months.

MORRIS: A man would never have had to go through this. That his husband -- that her husband with DWI 20 years ago, that her daughter is having a kid, that there's a fight going on between her sister and her husband and the husband tasered the kid.

HANNITY: Right.

MORRIS: It would never be asked about a man. It's the deep sexism that runs through our society.

HANNITY: What is going to be the net result of that?

MORRIS: Well, right now, the whole election hangs in the balance. If McCain has to get rid of Palin, get rid of McCain. He's dead.

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