Feminist Organization: Bring Me the Head of MSNBC

Now the powerful Democratic feminist women's group EMILY's List, which works to elect Democratic women who support abortion rights, is stepping into the MSNBC brouhaha.

Circulating the Youtube clip of MSNBC's David Shuster making the offending comment, Ellen Malcolm -- the president of EMILY's List and a top adviser to Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY -- has written to NBC Senior VP Phil Griffin, saying that "For months, women and men from all over the country have been telling me about their anger at MSNBC’s treatment of women, especially Senator Hillary Clinton. Now, just yesterday, David Shuster talked about 'pimping out Chelsea.' That is completely reprehensible.   

"I'm sending this letter today to let you know that the misogynistic pattern in the reporting by your network must come to an end.  I know I speak for millions across this country when I demand that you take immediate steps and publicly tell us what you will do to eliminate this sexist and demeaning culture that has become so pervasive in your network."

Malcolm says that MSNBC's "journalists have repeatedly, and in now the most odious fashion, crossed the line with personal, sexist and demeaning attacks.  The half hearted apology by Mr. Shuster this morning fails to even acknowledge the insulting nature of his comments."

And then, a threat: "If you refuse to take action, women across the country, viewers, sponsors, and consumers can only assume your implicit endorsement of this type of sexist commentary on women and repugnant treatment of our children."

What do you make of all this? I am woman hear me roar in numbers too big to ignore? A political stunt to drum up the women's vote the day before some key caucuses? Appropriate? Over-the-top? Share your thoughts below.

- jpt

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