White House spin on equal pay so inept, even CNN mocks Carney

People who live in White Houses shouldn’t throw stones.

With Democrats beating the tired drum of “paycheck fairness,” devoting a day of staged media hype to push the tale that somehow the Obama White House and Senate Democrats are the champions of women’s rights in the United States, Republican spokeswomen and even the mainstream media are having no problem pointing out the hypocrisy.

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Exhibit A was White House spokesman Jay Carney’s lame attempt at doublespeak on the issue on Monday, when he fielded a question about disparity in pay between men and women on the White House payroll while criticizing similar difference in the private sector.

Not even CNN was buying it. Check out this video.

That John King line, “that’s the best you got?” was priceless. And Twitter reaction to Carney’s statement was equally disbelieving.

Republicans hit back Tuesday with a statement released by the Republican National Committee and the party’s national senate and national congressional committees.

There’s a disparity not because female engineers are making less than male engineers at the same company with comparable experience. The disparity exists because a female social worker makes less than a male engineer—just as a female engineer would out-earn a male social worker. The difference isn’t because of their genders; it’s because of their jobs. …

When you use the similar methodology to evaluate White House salaries, it turns out that the median pay for women in the Obama White House is 88 cents for every dollar a man makes. When presented with this information, the White House says it’s not a fair calculation. You have to compare people in equal positions, they say.

Exactly! But their “77 cents” statistic doesn’t do that. When you compare unequal work, of course you’ll come up with a statistic that shows unequal pay.

That’s called logic — but that’s never been a lib strongpoint, as Twitter users point out.

But enough with the logic.

And be careful with those stones.


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