Friday, December 04, 2009

Robert Gibbs: Sexist and Racist

Tense White House exchange - Yahoo! News

I mean, he must be, right?

Press Secretary Robert Gibbs (who has long shown just how out of his depth he is), had a little contretemps with April Ryan, the White House correspondent for American Urban Radio.

What they were getting snippy about really doesn't matter. What matters is that Gibbs told her to "calm down" and to "take a deep breath." He then went on to compare her to his son who is five years old. While we know how gauche it is to talk about a woman's age, we don't think Ms. Ryan will be troubled when we reveal that she is a bit older than young Master Gibbs.

Now, as you might have suspected from the fact that she works for a media company with Urban in its name, Ms Ryan is African-American.

We find ourselves forced to present the unpleasant hypothetical... Had Ari Fleischer made a similar comment regarding a minority female journalist would he have survived the experience? I would suggest not. Particularly if, like Mr. Gibbs, he weren't particularly good at his job to begin with.

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