When what could be considered misguided or inappropriate remarks are made about a liberal female public figure and a similar situation occurs with a conservative female public figure, Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann and others have claimed there’s a perceived double standard as it pertains to the reaction from the media.
For instance in 2008, then-MSNBC anchor David Shuster made the comment that it seemed like then-Democratic presidential nominee contender Hillary Clinton was “pimping” her daughter out for the sake of furthering her campaign. There was instant outrage and Shuster ultimately served a suspension from MSNBC.
However, on Friday night’s “Real Time” on HBO, host Bill Maher referred to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as a “dumb twat.” It was hardly noticed by anyone in the media beyond Fox News, and Maher doesn’t look as if he’ll be punished anytime soon.
But on Wednesday night’s “On the Record with Greta van Sustren” on the Fox News Channel, Palin had the opportunity to respond to that standard, which she dismissed as being part of the business of politics.
“Of course – women are held to a different standard in all areas,” Palin said. “My point is going to be so what – let’s just work harder, produce more, produce better and get over it. I’m through whining about a liberal press that holds especially conservative women to a different standard because it doesn’t do me any good to whine about it.”
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