People who live in White Houses shouldn’t throw stones.
With Democrats beating the tired drum of “paycheck fairness,” devoting a day of staged media hype to push the tale that somehow the Obama White House and Senate Democrats are the champions of women’s rights in the United States, Republican spokeswomen and even the mainstream media are having no problem pointing out the hypocrisy.
Exhibit A was White House spokesman Jay Carney’s lame attempt at doublespeak on the issue on Monday, when he fielded a question about disparity in pay between men and women on the White House payroll while criticizing similar difference in the private sector.
Not even CNN was buying it. Check out this video.
VIDEO: CNN: W.H. Equal Pay Rhetoric A “Textbook Case” Of “Do As I Say, Not As I Do” http://t.co/TMqryB8Xkg
— Kris Anderson (@KAndersonDC) April 8, 2014
That John King line, “that’s the best you got?” was priceless. And Twitter reaction to Carney’s statement was equally disbelieving.
Jay Carney makes ME dizzy from the spin. “Yes, the White House pay is not equal, but it is less equal elsewhere.” How does he not laugh?
— Vickie Rennie (@vickierennie) April 8, 2014
Apparently Barack Obama forget to practice what he preaches, but Carney tried his best to justify women receiving less pay than men in WH.
— George Rudolph (@thenewnarrative) April 8, 2014
Republicans hit back Tuesday with a statement released by the Republican National Committee and the party’s national senate and national congressional committees.
There’s a disparity not because female engineers are making less than male engineers at the same company with comparable experience. The disparity exists because a female social worker makes less than a male engineer—just as a female engineer would out-earn a male social worker. The difference isn’t because of their genders; it’s because of their jobs. …
When you use the similar methodology to evaluate White House salaries, it turns out that the median pay for women in the Obama White House is 88 cents for every dollar a man makes. When presented with this information, the White House says it’s not a fair calculation. You have to compare people in equal positions, they say.
Exactly! But their “77 cents” statistic doesn’t do that. When you compare unequal work, of course you’ll come up with a statistic that shows unequal pay.
That’s called logic — but that’s never been a lib strongpoint, as Twitter users point out.
— Sara Goodman (@Isaragoodman) April 8, 2014
Obama flack Jay Carney’s defense of male/female pay gap in WH is the same they criticize businesses for making. #Hypocrites
— Dan Juneau (@DanLJuneau) April 8, 2014
Jay Carney was asked about women-vs-men-pay at WH. Oh, that’s skewed, we have to count high earners. SO DO THE COMPANIES YOU’RE OUTRAGED AT!
— anne cink (@annecink) April 8, 2014
But enough with the logic.
And be careful with those stones.
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