April 10, 2014
ASHE SCHOW: Democrats Are Losing Ground In The War On Women.
It appears Democrat attempts to use Equal Pay Day as an opportunity to knock Republicans as waging a “war on women” totally fell flat.
For years, President Obama and Democrats have been trotting out the “77 cent” figure to claim that women earn less than men, even in the 21st century. And any conservatives who pointed out that the figure was highly misleading were called anti-women or liars.
But it turns out that much of the media didn’t buy into the Left’s claims. Because, as you might expect, the “77 cent” figure is, in fact, misleading. The Washington Post’s Fact Checker gave Obama two Pinocchios for the claim. For years, the Post had given Obama one Pinocchio for the statistic, but since Obama refuses to stop using the number, a second Pinocchio was awarded. The Post considered giving three Pinocchios.
The bigger problem for Obama and Democrats, as the Post’s Nia-Malika Henderson pointed out, is that the White House couldn’t escape reports that women were paid less in the West Wing.
Using the same average, across-the-board accounting used to arrive at the 77 cent figure, women in Obama’s White House make 88 cents to the dollar that men make. And while White House press secretary thinks that’s fine because it’s higher than the national average. But it’s less than the D.C. average.
CBS and CNN also pointed out the White House wage-gap hypocrisy.
The White House further shot itself in the foot by releasing an infographic about the wage gap that featured two cartoon women dressed straight out of “Mad Men.”
Jay Carney’s no Don Draper.