Time Magazine Has a Mark Halperin Problem

Have you seen this Mark Halperin masterpiece yet? No? Time's resident putz thought is was oh so cleaver to jump into the Sen. Mary Landrieu is a "prostitute" act for voting to start debate on health care reform:

After a week in which Glenn Beck called Landrieu "a high-class prostitute" who's engaged in "hookin," and Rush Limbaugh joining in the fun by declaring that Sen. Landrieu "may be the most expensive prostitute in the history of prostitution," the fact that Time allowed Halperin to publish this shouldn't be all that shocking.

You see, when Rethugs act this way toward Democratic women, it's boy being boys. When a Democrat says or does anything that can in any way be somehow twisted into looking like it was meant to be sexist -- particularly when it wasn't -- the right calls for sanctions and heads to roll.

Can you imagine if people actaully said this about Ms. lipstick on a pig herself , Sarah Plain -- the first to scream sexism (an make a mockery of real instance of it) -- simply because people point out what a know-nothing, ignorant yodel she is?

This is what real sexism looks like.

So is this...

Glenn Beck Rules Out Palin/Beck 2012: “What I’m Gonna Take Backseat To A Chick?”

Recently, the bizarre prospect of a Sarah Palin/Glenn Beck 2012 ticket has received a bit of attention. Sure, it’s obviously not serious. But, it did make the rounds in the news cycle.

But, what didn’t get any attention was Glenn Beck ruling out the ticket with a sexist rant. I know…a sexist rant against Sarah Palin. Shocking, right? You’d think it would have gotten some coverage. But, nope. On Palin/Beck 2012, Beck had this to say:

“First of all, let me rule that out. Palin/Beck? Ridiculous…I was just thinking, what I’m gonna take backseat to a chick? While you’re at it, go shoot a bear! Make some stew! I’m hungry in here.”

He then expanded the next day:
Beck’s Sexist Reason For Ruling Out Palin-Beck Ticket: She’d Always Be ‘Yapping’ Like We’re ‘In The Kitchen’

But just a few hours later on his radio show, Beck shot down the idea, saying he was “absolutely” ruling out a Palin-Beck ticket. He explained that if he had the number two job, Palin would always be “yapping” like they were in “the kitchen”:

BECK: I don’t think things are hoots. I don’t. I don’t think it’s a hoot. I would never use the word hoot, and I respectfully ask that every time my name is brought up she would stop using the word “hoot.” [...]

No, no I’m just saying — Beck-Palin, I’ll consider. But Palin-Beck — can you imagine, can you imagine what an administration with the two of us would be like? What? Come on! She’d be yapping or something, and I’d say, “I’m sorry, why am I hearing your voice? I’m not in the kitchen.”

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Remember the uproar MSNBC's David Shuster caused (and rightly so) while frustrated that Hillary Clinton wouldn't allow Chelsea to be interviewed, but had her out there campaigning on her mother's behalf (and having media to cover it), saying Hillary had "pimped out" Chelsea?

There were consequences for David. Taylor Marsh became unhinged (also see here). Hillary Clinton ripped Shuster in a letter to NBC news President Steve Capus, and Keith Olbermann apologized to the Clinton's on Countdown's behalf (David is a regular fill-in). After apologizing, David was suspended for several few weeks.

No such luck with Mark Halperin.

It's one thing for Limbaugh & Beck to act liek this -- we expect exactly this sort of thing from them -- but Time magazine? No.

From Media Matters' Morgan Weiland:

Maybe Halperin thought it was really clever to echo a scene from a late-90s romantic comedy, but it isn't. The image and all that it suggests -- yes, her hair is supposed to be held up by semen -- isn't supported by any facts provided by Halperin in his post. The page to which he links doesn't have anything to do with semen, romantic comedies, or hair gel. In fact, it's a statement from Sen. Mary Landrieu's (D-LA) Communications Director "on motion to proceed timing" on the Senate's health care reform bill.


These types of backwards, sexist remarks are what we have come to expect from Beck or Limbaugh, but this is truly a new low for Halperin, and, by association, for Time. As my colleague Julie Millican pointed out last week, the other weekly news magazine -- Newsweek -- has a sexism problem that it needs to address concerning another female politician.

So let this serve as a word of warning to those media figures like Halperin who like to think of themselves as separate and apart from -- perhaps I should say above? -- right-wing bloviators and pot-stirrers like Beck and Limbaugh: When you engage in baseless, sexist smears of women politicians, you are no different than the side-show commentators. Maybe you're worse -- at least they don't purport to be journalists.

What's most galling about this isn't that Sarah Palin isn't out there championing Landrieu's cause on behalf of the sisterhood of traveling pant suits, but that Republican Sens. Olympia Snowe & Susan Collins have remained silent, as has Time.

The Louisiana Democratic Party has called on U.S. Senator David Diaper Vitter -- who knows a thing or two about prostitutes (and diaper fetishes) - to publicly denounce conservative commentators referring to Louisiana's Sen. Mary Landrieu as a "prostitute."

Here's the full press release (h/t Jed Lewison):
Today, the Louisiana Democratic Party called on U.S. Senator David Vitter to publicly denounce comments from some conservative commentators referring to Louisiana's senior Senator as a "prostitute" for securing crucial federal funding needed to fill a gap in Louisiana's budget.

"David Vitter should immediately and publicly denounce the offensive accusations conservative commentators are making about our state's senior Senator," said Louisiana Democratic Party Communications Director Natalie Naquin Harvey.

As a looming budget crisis threatens to bankrupt Louisiana's state government, Senator Mary Landrieu announced Saturday from the Senate floor that she had secured $300 million in federal funding to help make up for shortfalls in the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP), a formula used to determine the federal government's share in providing medical care to the poor and uninsured. A temporary spike in per capita income following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita could lead to a loss of $500 million in federal funding, according the Jindal Administration.

"David Vitter supported the FMAP fix, but it was Senator Landrieu who secured the much needed funds to help solve a looming budget crisis that threatens to bankrupt our state," Harvey said. "The least David Vitter can do is stand up for her when members of his own party call her a prostitute."

On his radio program yesterday, Glenn Beck referred to Senator Landrieu as a "high-class prostitute." "She may be easy, but she ain't cheap," Beck said.

Rush Limbaugh later echoed Beck's charge on his widely syndicated show, calling Louisiana's senior Senator "the most expensive prostitute in the history of prostitutes."

To date, Senator David Vitter has been silent on Beck and Limbaugh's outlandish and offensive insults of Senator Landrieu.

Perhaps they should demand Vitter add Time's Halperin to the denouncement while he's at it?

FYI: I really dislike Mary Landrieu.

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