JIM CREES: O’Reilly is still lagging behind the times
So ...Bill O’Reilly isn’t my kind of guy.
I think he’s a buffoon, (although truth be known, I’m sure he’d think I was a moron if he knew I existed.)
Here’s the deal ...
O’Reilly has made a career out of fear-mongering in the guise of conservative intellectualism, (re: His annual war on Christmas shinola.) More recently, he has capitalized on re-creating himself in the image of a “historian” - something he certainly is not. His “Killing ...” series recently culminated in the “Killing Jesus” book he touts as “history.”
I think not. Maybe one view of history ...one odd, slanted, and rather absurd view. But hardly history.
Recently, O’Reilly has been busy ‘taking off’ on women ...again.
My guess is that O’Reilly is seriously concerned with the idea that Hillary Clinton may run for president. He tries to couch his worry in general terms, but he is worried about Hillary nonetheless.
It’s not the only thing about women that worries Bill. He just can’t sink his teeth into the ‘gender inequality’ in the workplace issue. He can’t understand why this is even a concern in our day and age.
In an interview following the most recent State of the Union address, O’Reilly told Maria Bartiromo he simply wasn’t “...buying this inequality business” and pointed out that women could really very easily make up for any wage inequality by working harder and longer!
Wow! That’s lacking in both intelligence AND compassion.
O’Reilly went on to point out that gender inequality in the workplace was actually created by women themselves as a result of career and life choices.
Now I realize O’Reilly is a “historian” but his ideas simply don’t match up with an actual study carried out by the American Association of University Women (AAUW). Their research notes “The pay gap hasn’t budged in a decade.”
Here are a few of the pearls gleaned from the AAUW study:
- In 2012, as in 2002, among full-time, year-round workers, women were paid 77 percent of what men were paid.
- Women in every state experience the pay gap, but some states are worse than others.
- The pay gap is worse for women of color.
- Women face a pay gap in nearly every occupation.
- The pay gap grows with age.
- While more education is an effective tool for increasing earnings, it is not an effective tool against the gender pay gap.
- The pay gap also exists among women without children.
But ...O’Reilly would have you think gender inequality and the pay gap was all a figment of some overly sensitive, and obviously hormonal female imagination. It all simply is “not a reality.”
But, hey! O’Reilly’s misogynistic ramblings don’t end there.
His concern over the potential castration of America continued recently when he tried to “prove” - with female discussion partners - why a woman could simply not be president of the United States.
O’Reilly recently hosted GOP political strategist Kate Obenshain and a Fox correspondent Kirsten Powers on his show to support his view that a woman, (read: Hillary Clinton), simply was not emotionally able to but it didn’t go as planned.
The ladies he had specifically invited to shore up his misogynist thesis didn’t cooperate - much to his chagrin.
O’Reilly asked if there was “ ...some downside to having a woman president, something that may not fit with that office?”
Powers answered him: “Hmmm, I’m gonna say no, Bill.”
Then, hoping Obenshain would give him some support he asked:
“There’s gotta be a downside for a woman, do you know one?”
Obenshain answered “Uh, you know, I’m having a tough time with this one too, Bill. It depends on the certain individual.”
It depends on the individual not some O’Reilly theorized gender specific weakness.
But O’Reilly kept plugging away suggesting that some world leaders, such as Russia’s Vladimer Putin, North Korean leaders, the Chinese and, leaders throughout the Arab world - “the mullahs” - would all try and “test’ a potential administration led by a woman such as Hillary Clinton presidency.
Kirsten Powers blew him out of the water simply answering:
“But, Bill, they do that to everybody.”
So, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, let us summarize.
Bill O’Reilly ...the historian Bill O’Reilly ...figures A) There is no gender inequality in these United States, B) There is no pay gap between men and women, and C) a woman has inherent, gender-based deficiencies that would necessarily limit her ability to govern a country - apparently any country.
Hmmmmmmmmm ...what about: Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Prime Minister of Denmark, Yingluck Shinawatra, Prime Minister of Thailand, Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, President of Argentina ,Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil, Julia Gillard, Prime Minister of Australia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia, Sheik Hasina Wajed, Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Johanna Sigurdardottir, Prime Minister of Iceland, Laura Chinchilla, President of Costa Rica, Tarja Halonen, President of Finland, Dalia Grybauskaite, President of Lithuania, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago. (For a more complete list see Top Female Leaders Around the World - TIME.)
Just because the United States has never had a woman president, doesn’t mean the rest of the world is similarly lagging behind the times.