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March 19th, 2012
08:31 PM ET

Erin's Essay: RNC "War on Women" Ad

CNN's Erin Burnett found herself in a GOP ad called "War on Women." But is there a war on women?

Erin's Essay: RNC "War on Women" Ad

By Erin Burnett

This weekend, the RNC rolled out a new ad online called "WAR ON WOMEN".  The 90-second spot features a number of members of the media, including Chris Matthews, me and George Stephanopoulos talking about recent degrading words used to describe women.

To be honest, at first I was kind of amused I was included. Then I was annoyed. I certainly don't agree that Democrats are in a war on women.

Two influential and big money donors – there's no need to name them again - have recently used vile words to describe women.  One of them made the bad decision to elaborate in a disgusting manner.

Neither party came out hard enough when the offender was one of its own. But now, to say an entire party – either party - is at war with women?

This is all just politics.

Frankly, we've seen many references to a War on Women recently from Dems and GOP.

Both sides need to be honest that the words used - like the s-word and the c-word, are not acceptable.  Not by someone who is a pundit, an entertainer, a broadcaster or a co-worker.  Not by anyone.  There isn't any defending it.  This isn't political - this should be personal for all Americans.

If you're a woman, you get it, because you deal with sexism, in both its mundane and offensive forms.

If you're a man, you have women in your life whom you respect and you don't want to hear those words used to describe them.

The problem is politicians now are happy to point the finger at the other side, while implicitly or, frankly in some cases explicitly, finding a way for "their guy" to be let off the hook.

When my father ran for Congress during a special election in 1969, the slogan he used was "Let's End Politics As Usual."  And that still holds true today.  Let's end this talk about a war on women and name calling and instead have substantive conversations about the real issues: like women's pay and reproductive rights.


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  1. Don in Atlanta

    I am disappointed Erin would fall back on the "both sides / parties do it" type of logic that we see so much in the national (and local) media. That's just a way to avoid making any real judgements or taking sides. FoxNews does not seem to have this reluctance. The Republicans clearly have a pattern of problems with women that goes far beyond name-calling. Are the Democrats completely innocent? —no, of course not. Are the two parties comparable on this issue? No way.
    To Mr. VanTrees, above, all I can say is "cry me a river" if you think Maher / Letterman comments are comparable to Limbaugh's. You need a reality check. Let's talk about the real issues: how the Republican President and Congressional majorites in the 2000's train-wrecked this economy and gave Wall Street a fifth of scotch and our car keys. Where was VanTrees when Bush went into deficit spending? Republicans = hypocrits. What are Romney's solutions? He doesn't have any other than end Planned Parent Hood. But Erin can't say that or she'll lose ratings...

    April 4, 2012 at 11:09 am | Reply
  2. James VanTrees

    Yes, both sides need to be honest that the words used – like the s-word and the c-word – are not acceptable. And both sides need to called out on it when those words are used. Bill Maher & David Letterman did not make headlines when they used the s-word and the c-word against conservative women. It's like the liberal press is protecting two of their own. But when Rush Limbaugh uses a similar word, all hell breaks loose in the press. It's like the liberal press is looking for any opportunity to denigrate a conservative. It's clear that there is selective outrage by the liberal press – they look the other way when Maher & Letterman use the c-word & the s-word – but boil over in rage when Rush uses similar language.

    I agree: Let's end this talk about a war on women and name calling and instead have substantive conversations about the real issues: like $4 gasoline, over 8% unemployment, more people on food stamps than ever before, $16 trillion in federal debt and rising by $billions daily, under-reporting the true cost of Obamacare, a business climate that ships more and more manufacturing jobs overseas, and on and on.

    Yes, let's stick with the real issues – and not Sandra Fluke's birth control pills.

    March 20, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Reply
  3. Marc Campbell

    Bravo – Real Truths always need repeating/ incredibly bad behavior does not. Looks like they believe that 'Shock Radio' has come to TV and goes Viral – and somehow helps!?? I believe George Carlins list should be revived and expanded. Media is devolving and is somehow encouraged by opportunists. Thanks so much for making a stand!
    It is noticed. To paraphrase a favorite expert – Dr. 'Ducky' Mallard – 'Just because one may be correct, it does not
    excuse Bad Form!'

    March 20, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Reply
  4. Andy

    Either Ms. Burnett is clueless or she is a shill for the Republican Party. How can she ignore the facts? I would expect this type of propaganda reporting on Fox News, not on CNN.

    March 20, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Reply
  5. James VanTrees

    Yes, both sides need to be honest that the words used – like the s-word and the c-word – are not acceptable. And both sides need to called out on it when those words are used. Bill Maher & David Letterman did not make headlines when they used the s-word and the c-word against conservative women. It's like the liberal press is protecting two of their own. But when Rush Limbaugh uses a similar word, all hell breaks loose in the press. It's like the liberal press is looking for any opportunity to denigrate a conservative. It's clear that there is selective outrage by the liberal press – they look the other way when Maher & Letterman use the c-word & the s-word – but boil over in rage when Rush uses similar language.

    I agree: Let's end this talk about a war on women and name calling and instead have substantive conversations about the real issues: like $4 gasoline, over 8% unemployment, more people on food stamps than ever before, $16 trillion in federal debt and rising by $billions daily, under-reporting the true cost of Obamacare, a deteriorating business climate that ships more and more manufacturing jobs overseas, and on and on.

    Yes, let's stick with the real issues – and not Sandra Fluke's birth control pills.

    March 19, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Reply
  6. Tom in Desoto, TX

    Actions speaks louder than words. It Republicans who do not want women to have a say about their reproductive system. Oddly, they are against abortion and in the next breath wouldn't assist a single mother after they give birth. Of course, under Santorum's "guidance" pregnancy of single women will have a one way ticket to the gulag. And possible a trip to the dunking stool, a red letter "A" on all their clothing with a possible trip to be burned at the stake. The Spanish Inquisition would appear as a period of enlightenment.

    March 19, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Reply

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