Campbell Brown calls Rendell a sexist

Oh dear, oh dear…

Interesting question from Campbell:

As a woman, hearing this, it is hard not to wonder if we are counted out for certain jobs, certain opportunities, because we do have a family or because we are in our child-bearing years. Are we? It is a fair question.

Campbell is pregnant, an anchor with her own show on CNN and has a kid at home I believe.

No hypocrisy there then?

She was claiming sexism because Gov Rendell was heard saying that Janet Napolitano was a perfect choice for the top job in the Homeland Security Department – why? Because with having no family ties to get in the way of her doing a great job and that she can devote a lot more time to the job than most.

Stupid thing to say when a mic is open – but certainly not sexist.

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0 Responses to Campbell Brown calls Rendell a sexist

  1. draabe says:

    This obviously touched a very personal nerve for the mother-to-be.

    Perhaps Ms. Brown is be planning to spend 19-20 hours away from her children every day and doesn’t want that to reflect negatively on her. I’m not saying whether it would or not – I’m just making a guess here.

  2. Kathryn Auclair says:

    Finally we get to see the extreme feminism of Brown that she displayed during the democratic elections months back. It’s unfortunate that CNN had made her the commentator for a segment titled “No Bias, No Bull” when she’s full of both. Hold tight guys, more attacks on Obama is coming, even when there are no relations to Obama, our Campbell Brown will find a way to pull him into the controversy, like she did tonight. This is what people usually do when they’re sore over something though. All I can hope for is for CNN to replace her with someone that actually isn’t as extremely biased.

  3. Steven says:

    I disagree with this analysis by Ms. Brown. In no way does Gov. Rendell mention the fact that Gov. Napolitano is a women in his statements. Yes, we could over-analyze this and say what he really meant is that a woman with no family is the model working citizen. But I would argue, as many others would also acknowledge, that even a man without any family who needs to devote many hours to a job would be preferred over a “family” man if given a choice between candidates. No one can blame him for what he said explicitly since there is nothing wrong. We also do not get the entire context of what Rendell is saying from a 10 second excerpt of his conversation. We do not know if he “highlighted” this reason as the only reason Napolitano is perfect for the job, or if this was, with other comments that were left out, one of the many reasons for his support of Gov. Napolitano’s nomination. Also, from the context we are given, Rendell does not use the word “perfect” to denote as “the best” but more in a conversational tone equivalent to “good.” Admittedly, sexism still exists in the workplace and needs to be improved for gender equality, but this incident should not be over-analyzed purely to fill airtime in a news report.

  4. Tom says:

    I’ve disliked Campbell Brown and her overly biased statements, but this is just ridiculous. In no way was Gov. Rendell making a sexist statement. As Steven said, he clearly did not mention sex as an issue. He was just implying that a person with no family to look after had more time to devote to the job. Nothing wrong here!

  5. Deez says:

    I can’t believe Campbell Brown raised the sexist flag on that event. How could that possibly be construed as sexism? I’ve seen discrimination against single people in the workplace (making them work on weekends, etc), but it was never gender-specific.

    I actually had a little bit of respect for Ms. Brown until I heard this commentary — which is the only thing “biased” here.

  6. museditions says:

    I heard this live, and couldn’t believe my ears. I like CNN, but this particular reporter has a few axes to grind. I am acutely sensitive to issues of sexism, and (sorry, my friend) political correctness (!), but I agree with above commenters that there was nothing in what was overheard that couldn’t have been said about a man. In was not all that flattering to say that a person has “no life”, so therefore could devote her/his life to the job, but, this could be seen as desirable (or not) in someone of any particular gender for a demanding job.

  7. Will Rhodes says:

    I am acutely sensitive to issues of sexism

    So am I my friend, so am I.

    I agree with all that the people have said so far on this post.

  8. mindspike says:

    It was sexist. If it was a man being considered he would’ve never said that. And whats with saying she has no life. Obviously a passive aggressive statement.

  9. pat says:

    “Having no life” is just hyperbole. He just meant making your work your top priority and giving it most of your time. It’s a requirement of many jobs, regardless of gender. This was such a bad report.

  10. Drew says:

    It seems that his comments were taken to the cleaners for everything they WEREN’T worth. Was it ill advised to speak off the cuff with a colleague directly in front of the mic, regardless of whether it was hot or not? Yes. However, in no way did I see any hint of sexism laced within his comments. Saying Gov Napolitano hase no life? That might have been a bit strong. Miss Brown questions if certain jobs are being withheld from women because they have a family. I’m fairly certain that there are men who have families as well. Her logic can be applied to any convoluted scenario, and apparently she has tried to create something out of nothing with Gov Rendell. I don’t deny that there is still sexism in the workplace, but sexism in his comments? I fail to see that. Her position is completely off in my opinion.

  11. Sondra says:

    I guess I don’t know what sexist means. I am a 43 year old married (for 21 years) mother of two teenagers. A 17 year old young man and a 16 year old young lady. I have worked outside of the home most of my married life and yes even while my children were still in diapers.

    The reality is that if the job requires 19 – 20 hours then someone with a family (whether male or female)shouldn’t do the job if they care about raising their family at all. How many times have were heard grown children complain about the time they didn’t spend with their dad or mom for that matter and how they wish their parents had been there for them. Things don’t matter but time spent with your family does matter and can never be regain. Anyone taking on a job or career that requires so much of your time couldn’t possibly do the job well and raise a family well also. I think he would have said that about anyone and that is how I will take his comment. I could be wrong but…

    I think it is petty to even quote what he said. We can all grow where we are planted and we must, both employer and employee must count up the cost before considering the task. In this case Janet Napalitano counted up the cost before taking on the task and so did her employer.

  12. carolflowery says:

    Campbell, you are correct, it was indeed a sexist statement, why else bring it up as a factor in the first place. People can fool themselves all they want to, but if either Hillary or Palin had Obama’ background, they would have been dead in the water. Period. If he had been a black woman, he wouldnt have
    gotten his foot in the water. There is a certain mindset about women in this country holding the highest office if it isnt sexist then I dont know what it is. Im still in shock, that this country voted for a man whose father is from Africa, blood is thicker than water and I firmly believe we will find this to be true.

  13. Sean M. Donahue says:

    Campbell Brown is nuts and comes off as a complete fake. CNN wouldn’t post my comments yesterday because I said Campbell Brown should stay out of PA business and that she does not understand our values. We will criticize our governor our self. I think the fact that the Lieutenant Governor has no family is a very strong point in her selection because no one can get her on anything that her teenage children did, like get pregnant out of wedlock. If the new Lieutenant Governor is willing to dedicate more of her life to service than could reasonably be demanded of a person who is currently raising kids, then why shouldn’t I want that for my state? When you watch the video, the way Campbell Brown emphasizes the word “Wow!” was more insulting than anything else. The idea that she could manipulate us and lead us into agreement like sheep was a ridiculous miscalculation on her part. What she does not get is that “we” criticize PA government and policing our government is ours to do. Its no place for unwelcome outsiders. Outsiders should criticize the national government. While Campbell Brown is proudly a cosmopolitan gal, we in PA wouldn’t want a cosmopolitan gal like Sarah Palin or Campbell Brown in a leadership position. Cosmopolitans are for cocktail parties, not serious business. I would not like a politician who is afraid to speak near a hot mic. I wouldn’t trust that kind of person because that kind of person prepackages a story and ensures that the disclosed information is viewed through her manipulative packaging. In PA, we prefer non-fancy over fancy. Campbell Brown sips Champagne. She doesn’t even know what things like Schlitz, PBR, Red White and Blue or Rolling Rock are. She shouldn’t talk, just sip the Champagne and stand there. She wants you to think she is a Wellesley or Barnard gal. She could probably pull it off if she just didn’t say anything.

  14. Sean says:

    Campbell Brown is nuts and comes off as a complete fake. CNN wouldn’t post my comments yesterday because I said Campbell Brown should stay out of PA business and that she does not understand our values. We will criticize our governor our self. I think the fact that the Lieutenant Governor has no family is a very strong point in her selection because no one can get her on anything that her teenage children did, like get pregnant out of wedlock. If the new Lieutenant Governor is willing to dedicate more of her life to service than could reasonably be demanded of a person who is currently raising kids, then why shouldn’t I want that for my state? When you watch the video, the way Campbell Brown emphasizes the word “Wow!” was more insulting than anything else. The idea that she could manipulate us and lead us into agreement like sheep was a ridiculous miscalculation on her part. What she does not get is that “we” criticize PA government and policing our government is ours to do. Its no place for unwelcome outsiders. Outsiders should criticize the national government. While Campbell Brown is proudly a cosmopolitan gal, we in PA wouldn’t want a cosmopolitan gal like Sarah Palin or Campbell Brown in a leadership position. Cosmopolitans are for cocktail parties, not serious business. I would not like a politician who is afraid to speak near a hot mic. I wouldn’t trust that kind of person because that kind of person prepackages a story and ensures that the disclosed information is viewed through her manipulative packaging. In PA, we prefer non-fancy over fancy. Campbell Brown sips Champagne. She doesn’t even know what things like Schlitz, PBR, Red White and Blue or Rolling Rock are. She shouldn’t talk, just sip the Champagne and stand there. She wants you to think she is a Wellesley or Barnard gal. She could probably pull it off if she just didn’t say anything.

  15. Derek says:

    I am a man, and work at least double the overtime of my 4 coworkers. 20 to 40 hours a week extra. The reason, I have no family. The reason is not a secret. The other 4 do have families, and want to see them. I go home to a dog, so why not make the extra money. My coworkers are both male and female, even split.

    Are they being sexist to me?

  16. Ironhammer says:

    Nothing sexist here at all. However, what I find interesting is the fact that there are still managers and leaders that believe working 19-20 hours a day makes for a more productive employee.

    I’ve worked in D.C. the private sector, the military industrial complex, and for myself. I’ll tell you…if you can’t get it done in 14 hours, you’re wasting someones time and money.

    Let’s see…Obama hmmm. College, law school, senator, pretty much the same for his wife to include her working successfully in the private sector.

    Sarah Palin, hmmm. Unwed pregnant daughter, crappy education at multiple schools. Entire family looks and acts like trailer refuse (albeit appears to be somewhat intelligent). Unfamiliar with anything on a global and international level.

    Yep, Carolflowery…Palin should have been dead in the water, there are and were much better qualified Republican candidates but someone thought it would be cute to stick her in that position to counter the fact Obama did not choose Hillary Clinton. Guess what? It blew up in her face….isn’t that entire premise sexist?

    And how intellectually corrupt is your comment about Obama being born in Africa what does that mean? If you knew more about your government and the way it really works you’d know the extent of the stupidity inherent in that statement.

    But I guess these are the types of personalities that the people who backed Palin were looking for. If the Republican party was not so focused on hate, bigotry, propaganda, and ignorance they might have won.

    Face it, the world (as much as we dislike the fact) is changing and America and Americans (all of us) will have to change with it.

  17. Chad H. says:

    Wow! You are really reading into that comment. Truly, the only sexism I saw was in the words of you Campbell, implying that a comment like that from a man can only be interpreted one way. The Governor did not mention her other qualifications b/c they go without saying, he only added that her being single added an extra qualification that is not required, but in the eyes of many of us, is helpful. On the other hand, if she DID have a family, and the Governor said she was NOT qualified b/c of that, then that would possibly be sexist. But that is not what happened. I believe you owe the Governor an apology, for adding your own version of the truth to the actual words that he spoke, that I and many others commenting here took at their face value, and did not take out of context.

  18. Dean says:

    People will find sexism, racism, and every other ‘ism’ that they want to find if they look hard enough. All one has to do is *PRESUME*. For example, if you presume that the statement would not have been made if the post had been offered a man, it is sexism! If you presume that Rendell would only say this about a woman, it is sexism! See how easy it is? Simply read something into a statement that isn’t there, and you can magically transform it into any politically incorrect position you wish! If Napolitano were Latino, we could have presumed Rendell was only talking about Latinos. Or if she was African-American, we could do the same thing. Or Muslim, or Jewish, or handicapped, or old…

    The ‘analysis’ says more about Campbell Brown, and those who agree with her, than it does about Rendell. When you are biased, you will look for ‘facts’ to prove your already preconceived notions.

  19. Jo Anne says:

    I believe this is sexist because I am a woman/ victim. Miss Brown has never let me down before so I shall blindly follow her and fight for her behalf.
    /s

    The sad part is this just belittles the sexism that does actually exists in this country.

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