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ABC’s ‘This Week’ Round-Table: Is the Weiner Situation a ‘Good Moment for Women?’

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By Doug Powers  •  June 12, 2011 09:27 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

On ABC’s “This Week” program, four women who were not sent inappropriate photos from a US congressman, subsequently enduring a media nightmare and a generally embarrassing situation, were discussing whether the Weiner situation was a “good moment for women.” In other words, will Weiner cause people to realize that men are pigs and start putting women in more positions of power in politics and business?

If a conservative Republican had been the one contacting women the Weiner way, would the “good moment for women” spin even be a topic for discussion? But because Anthony Weiner’s a liberal, all of a sudden it’s possible he’s inadvertently become a modern-day Betty Friedan.

ABC’s Claire Shipman, who happens to be married to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, took extra advantage of the situation to give a smackdown to white men:

There’s also an economist at the University of Michigan who has studied diversity and decision-making and has found that, in every business decision, diversity leads to better decisions. In other words, a group of all white men are not going to reach the best decisions.

How did we go from one moron sending out crotch Tweets to covering millions of people with the same “idiot” blanket?

“Diversity leads to better decisions” seems to be a self-defeating study to cite for somebody sitting on an all white, all female discussion panel.

Roll tape:

Yeah, I know… there’s only one question on your mind: “How did Joy Behar not end up on this panel?”

Noel Sheppard at Newsbusters adds:

Imagine for a second a televised panel of exclusively white men discussing why a group of non-white men or an assemblage of females of any ethnic group would not reach the best decisions.

The network, the producers, and the anchor involved would all be required to make public apologies.

ZIP asks, um, “weren’t the Founding Fathers a group of all white men?” Sure, but don’t get Claire started on that one.

**Written by Doug Powers

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