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NYT Trashes Working Women

by Christopher Chantrill
February 25, 2008 at 3:32 pm

IN POLITICS, or at least the politics of personal destruction, anything goes.

So if the New York Times wants to trash John McCain by dredging up a ten year old story about McCain and an attractive female lobbyist, well all’s fair in love and war. Even if there’s no evidence, apart from the fears of staffers, that anything “happened.”

But think of what a story like this does to working women in general, writes Carol Platt Liebau.

Huh?

Remember the Clarence Thomas nomination hearings, she writes.

When Anita Hill launched her still-unproven assault on Clarence Thomas’ character seventeen years ago, men all over America discovered that their reputations could be threatened by a simple accusation from a woman, offered without even a scintilla of evidence[.]

Obviously the appropriate thing for men to do then was to minimize contact with attractive young professional women. Because you never knew when some liberal with an agenda would drag up some perfectly innocent relationship and use it as a bludgeon to ruin your career.

With last week’s McCain Smear, the New York Times has given the ratchet another twist.

Now, it seems that their fidelity to their wives can be publicly questioned for nothing more than spending time in the company of an attractive, young professional woman.

Obviously, feminists all over America should be descending on the New York Times with a hell-hath-no-fury-like-a-woman-scorned kind of rage.

Only they won’t. Because gender equity and the status of women in the workplace takes a back seat to liberal politics.

All across America, there are young women attempting to advance at work by being just as smart, just as prepared, and just as diligent as their male counterparts. But if the senior (most often male) employees they need to impress are hyper-sensitive about the reputational damage that can result from spending time with them, female workers going to be deprived of opportunities they need to showcase their talent.

Oh well. Too bad. That’s not as important as electing a Democrat for president, after all.

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Christopher Chantrill blogs at www.roadtothemiddleclass.com.  His Road to the Middle Class is forthcoming.


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