Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Don't be stupid

Lori Ziganto, "NOW Rewards Sexism; Strengthens Jerry Brown’s Pimp Hand With Endorsement":
A mere 24 hours after Jerry Brown was caught calling Meg Whitman, his opponent in the race for California Governor, a “whore”, [the National Organization for Women] endorsed him. 
Lori Ziganto, "The Anti-Women Left Falls Back On Sexual Slurs And Dehumanization":
Kirsten Powers attended the panel I was on, called Feminism 2.0, the New Face of Feminism, with Jenn Q. Public and Pamela Gorman, moderated by Adrienne Royer. While Kirsten is an unabashed liberal and likely disagrees with us on most policy points, she listened and understood the vile hatred toward conservative women that comes out of the Left. Her article at the Daily Beast today reflects that. She touched on some examples, including the most recent one whereby Jerry Brown called Meg Whitman “a whore.”  
The Los Angeles Times, "An associate of Jerry Brown calls Meg Whitman a 'whore' over pension reform" (i.e., the story cited by Ziganto as evidence that Brown called Whitman a whore):
In a private conversation that was inadvertently taped by a voicemail machine (audio below), an associate of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown can be heard referring to his Republican opponent Meg Whitman as a “whore” for cutting a deal protecting law enforcement pensions as the two candidates competed for police endorsements.
The comment came after Brown called the Los Angeles Police Protective League in early September to ask for its endorsement. He left a voicemail message for Scott Rate, a union official. Brown apparently believed he had hung up the phone, but the connection remained intact and the voice mail machine captured an ensuing conversation between Brown and his aides.
With evident frustration, Brown discussed the pressure he was under to refuse to reduce public safety pensions or lose law enforcement endorsements to Whitman. Months earlier, Whitman had agreed to exempt public safety officials from key parts of her pension reform plan.
“Do we want to put an ad out? … That I have been warned if I crack down on pensions, I will be – that they’ll go to Whitman, and that’s where they’ll go because they know Whitman will give ‘em, will cut them a deal, but I won’t,” Brown said.
At that point, what appears to be a second voice interjects: “What about saying she’s a whore?”
“Well, I’m going to use that,” Brown responds. “It proves you’ve cut a secret deal to protect the pensions.”
whore noun
1 : a woman who engages in sexual acts for money : prostitute; also : a promiscuous or immoral woman 
2 : a male who engages in sexual acts for money
3 : a venal or unscrupulous person
  1. Brown did not call Whitman a whore; his associate did. 
  2. It may be plausibly argued that, in at least one sense of "whore," Whitman appears to be (in this case at least) a whore. 
  3. How Ziganto can maintain her readership with such sloppy work is a bit of a mystery. 
  4. And by the way, Lori: being a feminist does not prohibit one from criticizing other women. You appear to assume that it does. Don't be stupid. 
Update. In her latest Brown-related rant, Ziganto has shown a momentary and uncharacteristic regard for the truth. She writes:
Earlier this month, the National Organization For Women (N.O.W.) endorsed Jerry Brown for Governor of CA a mere 24 hours after an audio tape surfaced wherein Jerry Brown was heard agreeing with an aide that Meg Whitman should be called a “whore“.
Good for you, Lori. I'm proud of you. I hope that wasn't too painful.

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