If you read FOX News today, likely you would have come across a story about the National Organization for Women "slamming Bill Maher" for calling Sarah Palin a "dumb tw*t" on his HBO show Friday. As FOX tells it, NOW's communications director, Lisa Bennett, "finally stepped up Tuesday" (after first declining to comment on the matter) with the following message on the NOW blog:
Listen, supposedly progressive men (ok, and women, too): Cut the crap! Stop degrading women with whom you disagree and/or don’t like by using female body terms or other gender-associated slurs.
Of course, now FOX readers are patting themselves on the back for heroically speaking out against the media's shameful use of derogatory language toward women.
But that isn't even the half of it ...
For one thing, FOX had been harassing NOW to defend Palin against Maher -- even though NOW does not correspond with FOX News and doesn't have a policy of automatically defending female politicians (liberal or conservative) from every sexist insult hurled at them in the media. (It should also be noted here that NOW actually has defended Palin and other conservative women in the past.)
Also, FOX conveniently left out the second part of Bennett's message in which she called out the right wing media for pretending like it believes sexism in the media is a big deal when in reality it has ignored the issue for years:
Did you speak up once on behalf of a woman politician before you learned the name Sarah Palin? Did you work toward equality for women in any way prior to August 2008? It would be nice to think that you've suddenly discovered sexism and are interested in joining us in the struggle for full equality. But this really smacks of the worst kind of hypocrisy. Folks with no history of working on an issue trying to discredit those who have been working for decades on the issue. Ridiculous.
So, yes, NOW was badgered into defending Sarah Palin, but used the opportunity to pulverise her employer.
You knew there had to be a catch, didn't you?