Pay Gap Ruse on Meet the Press
The Jezebelers are high-fiving each other over Rachel Maddow’s supposed pwnership of GOP political strategist Alex Castellanos on “Meet the Press”.
If you read the short piece and watch Maddow’s gesticulation and response to Castellanos you’ll see that they are mainly concerned with Castellanos’ supposed condescension. But decontextualized facts need calling out, and if the people making them refuse to understand the full argument, they deserve to be talked to like children.
Everyone reading this blog can spot where Maddow misses the mark. She begins with the usual 77 cent trope to suggest, without qualification, that women are underpaid compared to men. Which is a pointless statement. I mean, most of us are underpaid compared to Rachel Maddow, but it would be silly to suggest that this pay gap is somehow unfair. After sticking in the 77 cent figure and getting called out by Castellanos, she slides the “for the same work” statement into the argument even though she should know that the 77 cent statistic doesn’t control for inputs.