Fox News host Martha MacCallum asserted on Wednesday that women did not want special laws ensuring equal for equal work because they already were compensated “exactly what they’re worth.”
After President Barack Obama used his State of the Union address on Tuesday to call on Congress to end workplace discrimination practices that “belong in a Mad Men episode,” Fox News asked two men, liberal radio host Alan Colmes and Fox News host Tucker Carlson, to debate equal pay for women.
Carlson argued that women actually made more than men if the time they “voluntarily” took off work to raise children was factored in.
“The numbers don’t lie,” he insisted. “The losers in the Obama economy have been men.”
MacCallum accused politicians of talking about female workers like they were victims “who we need to make sure she gets what she deserves.”
“The numbers, when you look at them, do not bear out that there is a war on women in the workplace,” the Fox News host added. “And I think it’s a question of how liberals and conservative view what needs to be done for women.”
“I disagree that there is not a war on women when they’re not making as much as men for the same jobs,” Colmes replied. “The numbers don’t lie in terms of sick leave, pregnancy and women are forced out of the workplace when they have to leave.”
MacCallum interrupted: “I think most women do not want to be treated as sort of a special class of citizen. They want to go every day, they want to get paid for being a professional for doing their job really well, and they don’t want to be treated like some special group of people who have to be given a little special handout just to make sure they’re OK.”
“Special handout?” Colmes shot back. “It’s equal pay for equal work, it’s having sick leave, it’s having pregnancy leave.”
“Women get paid exactly what they’re worth,” MacCallum declared.
“Exactly what they’re worth?” Colmes exclaimed. “Are they not worth the same amount of money for the same job as men?”
“They are worth a heck of a lot,” the Fox News host remarked.
Carlson accused Colmes of being angry at the “biological reality” that women were paid less because they had to take time off work for pregnancies.
“I wonder how that would have been different if we had two women doing it,” MacCallum said as the segment concluded.
Watch this video from Fox News’ America’s Newsroom, broadcast Jan. 29, 2013.
A Republican witness gets humiliated when the author of a study he cited refutes him
During a hearing on Thursday, September 17, Bharat Ramamurti of the Congressional Oversight Commission questioned Republican Chris Edwards on the benefits of federal aid to states. Edwards, during the hearing, questioned the benefits of that type of aid. But Ramamurti skillfully used a study that Edwards cited to make a case in favor of federal aid to states — not against it.
Ramamurti, a Democrat who was appointed to the Congressional Oversight Commission by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer earlier this year, noted that Edwards has claimed that a 2019 study by economics professor Valerie Rainey of the University of California shows that a dollar of federal aid to states results in less than a dollar of economic growth. And Edwards responded that yes, Rainey’s study did show that.
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With host Joe Scarborough pointing out that Donald Trump attacked his own FBI director again this week, Robinson was asked to explain what is going on with the Justice Department.
"Historically, obviously, as you know, and as everyone knows, the FBI director is given an amount of autonomy and authority to do what he needs to do in the service of American justice and is thought to be immune from the sort of political interference," he began. "At least that's the theory, that was what we tried to do from the end of J. Edgar Hoover's tenure to now and it started at the beginning of Donald Trump's term when he got rid of Jim Comey because he wouldn't do his political bidding. So this is nothing new for Donald Trump."
Bill Barr’s friends aren’t sure if he’s just a liar or delusional: ‘He’s been substantially influenced by right-wing media’
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The "Morning Joe" host said the attorney general has become the president's personal fixer -- as Trump attorneys Roy Cohn and Michael Cohen once had done -- and embraced conspiracy theories aimed at undermining the election, and Scarborough wondered what happened to the once-respected lawyer.
"He has all the money he wants," Scarborough said. "What do you think, what do some of his friends, former friends think about this guy who has savaged his reputation, lies willfully for the president of the United States, and sounds more like a bizarre right-wing blogger than the attorney general of the United States?"