The calendar might have changed, but the mainstream media’s double standard is just the same as ever.
That was on vivid display during CNN’s coverage of New Year’s Eve festivities, when the network’s Brooke Baldwin and Don Lemon were on hand for a drunken celebration in New Orleans, and Baldwin questioned Lemon’s manhood live for the whole country to see.
And the media silence has been deafening.
The exchange took place at a News Year’s Eve party at the Spotted Cat Music Club in New Orleans, when Baldwin ended the segment with a reference to the festive necklaces of Christmas-ball like baubles both were wearing.
“My balls are bigger than your balls,” Baldwin said.
“Probably,” Lemon replied.
Yet there’s no national outpouring of outrage. Why could that be?
Check it out here (the “balls” crack comes about the 1:10 mark):
Of course, it was a joke between two colleagues, a juvenile, mildly titillating double entendre relating to the size of Lemon’s genitalia – often used as a stand-in for manly fortitude. The fact they were both apparently drinking should be taken into account too. (That it was probably one of the more honest statements Lemon has made in his liberal career at the Clinton News Network is also worth noting.)
But the point is, this is the same Baldwin whose virgin ears were so offended by a guest’s light-hearted reference to “boobs” on the air back in September that she cut the man’s interview off.
As Breitbart reported on Sept. 15:
“On Friday’s ‘CNN Newsroom,’ host Brooke Baldwin shut down an interview with Fox Sports Radio’s Clay Travis about ESPN’s Jemele Hill going unpunished for calling President Donald Trump a ‘white supremacist’ after Travis praised the First Amendment and ‘boobs’ for having never let him down.”
Just cutting off the interview wasn’t enough. Baldwin had to go on.
“That was entirely inappropriate,” she told her viewers. “Forgive me that it took me a second. It’s like live television happens and you think you hear something but you’re not entirely sure and then you realize it happened, so I apologize for him and that.”
She late sent out a Twitter posting emphasizing the point:
Oh, the teary piety.
Baldwin, who is nearing 40 and has spent a career in the hard-boiled world of journalism, apparently couldn’t handle a reference to women’s anatomy on the air – crude but not denigrating by any means.
Yet she had no problem with making a much more graphic – if joking – reference of her own to a colleague’s sexual equipment, and in a way that was unmistakably denigrating.
And there wasn’t a word being said about it in the otherwise perpetually offended mainstream media.
It’s true that Lemon probably wouldn’t characterize what Baldwin did as “harassment,” per se. It’s just as true that men and women around the country typically engage in workplace banter that involves sexual references on a daily basis.
But after Democrat-donor Harvey Weinstein has been exposed as a monster, and when other men in politics and the media (overwhelmingly liberal, Democrat men) are being similarly outed, the stridently liberal Baldwin and her ilk are free to publicly scold any man, at any time, for even a tiny, innocuous reference to women’s sexuality.
Yet when it comes to a drunken New Year’s Eve bash in New Orleans, Ms. Baldwin can insult a man’s genitals with impunity.
Don’t look for that to be any different in 2018.
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