When MSNBC finally got around to firing Don Imus last spring they said it was because he was a serial offender of inappropriate comments and inappropriate banter. The network said they couldn't tolerate that.
And yet, here we go again.One of their uber stars, Chris Matthews is spewing sexist comments on a regular and ongoing basis. While many are honing in on his offensive comments about Hillary Clinton, she is just the latest in a long list of women that he has either insulted or verbally hit on.
Here's my problem. If you are going to fire Imus for saying inappropriate things about women, then either management at MSNBC hasn't been watching the same program as the rest of us, or the management believes its okay to say s inappropriate things about women as long as race is not also involved..
It would be helpful if the network shared what their definition of inappropriate is. What are their standards? How do they assess whether a remark is sexist? Do they have criteria?
If a producer or lower level employee said the same things to guests that Chris Matthews does, would they be reprimanded?
To read my entire rant, check out this post on Blogher.