Accuracy in Media

The election is over and the Democrats may have won, but that hasn’t stopped MSNBC from beating the drum about the false charge that the Republicans are waging a “War on Women.”

On Now with Alex Wagner, Wagner tackled the issue head on by criticizing the House Republicans for their lack of women in committee leadership posts (19 out of 21 assignments are men), versus the five the Democrats will likely have, plus the large disparity of Democratic women serving in Congress compared to the Republicans.

Wagner then used a picture of the Republican committee chairmen as an example of how the GOP  just can’t help themselves, after arguing that the party has “serious female troubles.”

After all this piling on, Bloomberg Businessweek reporter Joshua Green admitted that the Republicans “deserve a shred of credit” for electing Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers as the chair of the important House Republican Conference. Green didn’t mention, however, that McMorris Rodgers defeated Tom Price in a contested race for the coveted post.

Wagner did concede that the Republicans fare a little better in the state capitals, where, following this month’s elections, they will now hold four of the five female governorships, which may be good news for the party in 2016. Prior to November the Democrats had all of two female governors.

With all this attention on women, Wagner somehow managed to fail to mention President Obama’s record on this issue. But there is a good reason for her memory lapse.

According to, out of the ten most important White House adviser posts, only one is filled by a woman—Valerie Jarrett. When expanded to include the top power players outside the White House, the administration still comes up short with fewer than a third of the total being women.

It was reported earlier this year by the Washington Free Beacon that women in the White House don’t receive salaries equal to the male staffers. In fact, it shows that in 2011, female White House employees received 18% less than male employees. Is this part of a Democratic war against women?

That would have been too inconvenient for Wagner and her guests to point out, as it would have undermined their argument that the GOP is anti-women, when the President himself doesn’t fully practice what he preaches.

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