Why Does Fox Treat Breitbart As A Credible Voice On Gender Bias?
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The Saturday crew of Fox & Friends hosted Andrew Breitbart to ask him, "Does the mainstream media have a bias against conservative women?"
Aside from co-host Molly Line's laughable premise for the segment that the media called failed Republican senatorial candidate Christine O'Donnell "a witch" - after O'Donnell stated herself that she "dabbled into witchcraft" and then made a political ad declaring, "I am not a witch" - Andrew Breitbart has no credibility to comment on gender-based attacks or really anything for that matter.
During his speech at the 2011 Conservative Political Action Conference, Breitbart said of "the Code Pink ladies," "it's no longer fun to watch them and they're not even good looking anymore. It used to be that they were like, kinda slutty lefties." Amid laughter from the conservative audience, he continued, "[T]hey're getting long in the tooth." In discussing President Obama throwing out the opening pitch of a baseball game, Breitbart declared the president "pitched like an Indonesian teenage girl." He refers to women as "chick[s]" and, when attacking Salon.com's Joan Walsh, he makes frequent mention of her physical appearance.
Of course, it's not as though Fox News itself is innocent of gender-based attacks or exploiting women. After all, the network is famous for gratuitously airing video of scantily clad women and of its hosts and guests engaging in sexist commentary, not to mention the fact that News Corp--the network's parent company--fosters a culture that has led to numerous sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuits. But, apparently, that's beside the point.