Using overtly sexist language, he has referred to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) as a "she devil" and compared her to a "strip-teaser." He has called her "witchy" and likened her voice to "fingernails on a blackboard." He has referred to men who support her as "castratos in the eunuch chorus." He has suggested Clinton is not "a convincing mom" and said "modern women" like Clinton are unacceptable to "Midwest guys." He has called her "Madame Defarge" and "Nurse Ratched."But beyond that, how much of this misogyny is America at its core? And how much does it effect Hillary Clinton's chances to be elected? Media Matters seems to think it's a very serious problem:
Washington, D.C. - David Brock, President & CEO of Media Matters for America, today released the following statement regarding the latest high profile misogynistic comment and on-air apology, this time from MSNBC correspondent David Shuster.And it's hard for me to disagree. Had the racist equivalents been tossed at Obama, you can be sure that, like Imus, there'd be more than suspensions, there'd be out-right firings, boycotts and a media-frenzy like we haven't seen since the whole blow-up over the blow-job.
"Like Don Imus, Tucker Carlson and Chris Matthews before him, David Shuster's reprehensible comments are part of a troubling pattern that has become all too common on MSNBC broadcasts.
"If MSNBC was genuinely trying to tackle the problem of sexism on their airwaves, this wouldn't keep happening.
"Instead of constantly searching for the right response to these outbursts, MSNBC should be searching for ways to foster an environment where they don't happen in the first place.
"The time for apologies has passed. The time for a real commitment to change is long since overdue."
And don't even get me started on Faux Comedy network.