Greta van Susteren defends “my friend” Hilary Rosen Update: Rosen apologizes

posted at 2:16 pm on April 12, 2012 by Tina Korbe

You’ve already read Ed’s take, my take and Erika’s take on different aspects of Hilary Rosen’s remarks (haven’t you? Please make my day and tell me you have!) — but Greta offers yet another perspective that I think is worth sharing because it enables us to take this discussion in a direction other than a defense of stay-at-home motherhood. In a post that Greta herself admits was hastily composed, the Fox News host defends her “friend” Hilary Rosen with this:

In making her remark about Mrs. Romney and her choice to raise a family and not work outside the home,  I know Hilary knows raising children is hard work, really hard work…the absolute hardest work.  Hilary has children.  That is the best way to know the challenge of raising children – have them!   Hilary is not anti-stay-at-home mom.

I did not read Hilary’s comments to in anyway take away from hard chore of raising children or staying at home and raising them and not working outside the family.  I read it to mean that raising children without financial pressure is easier than having financial pressure. This is not to take away from Mrs. Romney – she has done a spectacular job raising 5 great sons – but to face the reality that financial pressure does make it harder to raise a family.  This is also not to say that the Romney family success is anything to be ashamed of…the family should be very proud of its success.  I admire success, don’t you?

Greta’s remarks invite nothing so much as they invite a critique of all the strategizing, consulting and soundbite construction that characterizes political communications these days. Here’s why: If Rosen meant to say that parenthood is made more difficult by financial pressure, then why didn’t she say that?

Either (a) she meant to say what she said or (b) she didn’t mean to say what she said but said it anyway. Why would she say it anyway? Maybe because she was on a TV program spouting opinions about a subject she really hasn’t thought all that deeply about because she just flat-out hasn’t had time to think deeply about it.

The irony of 24/7 communications — especially communications that are mediated by the, er, media — is that we’re often left wondering what the people with whom we’re communicating really meant to say and added layers of “walking back” or “doubling down” don’t usually help us to decipher the truth. If the evening news had any edge over 24/7 news and if print media had any edge over electronic media, it’s that nobody could use the excuse, “That’s not what I meant to say.” Nobody would plausibly believe that somebody spent all day working on saying something but then didn’t mean to say it.

Update: Rosen has issued this statement:

“I apologize to Ann Romney and anyone else who was offended,” Rosen said in a statement. “Let’s declare peace in this phony war and go back to focus on the substance.

“As a mom I know that raising children is the hardest job there is,” Rosen said. “As a pundit, I know my words on CNN last night were poorly chosen.

“In response to Mitt Romney on the campaign trail referring to his wife as a better person to answer questions about women than he is, I was discussing his poor record on the plight of women’s financial struggles. As a partner in a firm full of women who work outside of the home as well as stay-at-home mothers, all with plenty of children, gender equality is not a talking point for me. It is an issue I live every day.”

This only serves to underscore what I wrote above. Rosen still hasn’t taken responsibility for the ideas she expressed. She’s just saying she didn’t mean to offend and she chose her words poorly.


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Friendship, more important than the truth. Go bark at the moon Greta!

dmann on April 12, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Translation: “Don’t blame Hillary, of course she didn’t mean those things she said. She was just doing her job as a political media hack.”

Lawdawg86 on April 12, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Hilary recants:

Let’s put the faux ‘war against stay at home moms’ to rest once and for all. As a mom I know that raising children is the hardest job there is. As a pundit, I know my words on CNN last night were poorly chosen. In response to Mitt Romney on the campaign trail referring to his wife as a better person to answer questions about women than he is, I was discussing his poor record on the plight of women’s financial struggles. Here is my more fulsome view of the issues. As a partner in a firm full of women who work outside of the home as well as stay at home mothers, all with plenty of children, gender equality is not a talking point for me. It is an issue I live every day. I apologize to Ann Romney and anyone else who was offended. Let’s declare peace in this phony war and go back to focus on the substance.

“This War on Women™ is lost.” Harry Reid

de rigueur on April 12, 2012 at 2:19 PM

This is BS. Just because a woman has kids does not give her a pass on shitting all over stay at home moms.

angryed on April 12, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Blah blah blah..Greta is better than this crap she is spewing. What a poor attempt to cover over this messy woman’s words.

congma on April 12, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Rosen meant the snide attack on Mrs. Romney and defended it subsequently, Greta.

dogsoldier on April 12, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Get another face lift Greta!

KOOLAID2 on April 12, 2012 at 2:20 PM

de rigueur on April 12, 2012 at 2:19 PM

This is a fake apology.

Not good enough.

tetriskid on April 12, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Hilary is not anti-stay-at-home mom.

Yes she is , and so is her pimp O’ssain.
Now STFU Greta, we know how to read and decide for ourselves

burrata on April 12, 2012 at 2:21 PM

These communications “experts” sure have a hard time communicating…how does Greta know what she meant..?

d1carter on April 12, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Read Rosen’s piece over at CNN. She’s nasty, even suggesting Ann Romney should have responded to her “sincere” tweet.

Rosen should have just apologized instead of doubling down and disappeared for awhile.

LetsBfrank on April 12, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Here is carney at the daily press ‘lie’ on this issue! Thanks for the laugh carney, you are a gift that keeps giving!

http://nation.foxnews.com/jay-carney/2012/04/12/carney-i-personally-know-3-hilary-rosens-frequent-wh
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letget on April 12, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Gret, friendship is a wonderful thing, but her comment and her continued comments? Come on now.

katy the mean old lady on April 12, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Pffft. My dyin’ azzzzz. She doubled down on Twitter ALL last night and then spit out that ridiculous HuffPo piece at 11:50 something on TOP of the Tweets. I know ~ I have the red eyes to prove I was up reading it as it hit.

She can suck a stone.

tree hugging sister on April 12, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Who gives a damn what Greta says?

How anyone wastes time on her unwatchable show is unfathomable to me.

Would rather have a shart stick in my eye than watch that bleating harpy.

NoDonkey on April 12, 2012 at 2:22 PM

BS. Saying she “hasn’t worked a day in her life” is obviously an insult.

I’ll wait for Sarah Palins take on this.

Swerve22 on April 12, 2012 at 2:22 PM

How much do you give to the Trial Lawyers Association Greta?

rhombus on April 12, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Yeah, I guess in her haste Greta didn’t hear the follow-up dialogue where her “friend” doubled-down.

Hilary’s quotes were taken precisely in context and meaning. They were a Freudian slip as to the real thoughts of Democrats who feel work at home mom’s are some species of the bare-footed rube.

Marcus Traianus on April 12, 2012 at 2:23 PM

but who the hell is hilary rosen and why does it matter what she says? who does she speak for?

could it be that this outrage that dominates HA today is… manufactured?

sesquipedalian on April 12, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Get another face lift Greta!

Get a BETTER face lift Greta. The last one was botched.

gerrym51 on April 12, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Then PR is not this woman’s strong suit. Words MEAN something even if the Dems keep trying to tell us that theirs don’t.

UnderstandingisPower on April 12, 2012 at 2:23 PM

I blogged as I read, too, if anyone cares to peek at what exhausted incredulity at someone’s stupidity looks like.

It’s the post right under the adorable Lab picture.

tree hugging sister on April 12, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Greta is just following the latest Fox parameters – encourage disparaging remarks on Obama opposition. She sounds like o’reilly.

Fuquay Steve on April 12, 2012 at 2:24 PM

I appreciate a loyal friend but Ms. Rosen’s business is public relations so when you add that to what Greta says, it appears that Ms. Rosen should have known better on so many levels.

Cindy Munford on April 12, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Hey, she crashed and burned.

That is what happens to Kama Kazi talking heads who do the bidding for an administration hell bent on pursuing its scorched-earth approach to the politics of division.

Lick your own wounds!

singlemalt 18 on April 12, 2012 at 2:24 PM

“Ann Romney has never worked a day in her life.”

If you don’t want the consequences of saying something like that, don’t say something like that.

Jim Treacher on April 12, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Greta is just taking up for a friend and she did the same kind of thing when Rush crapped himself so it is no big deal. Rosen on the other hand was engaging in class warfare and her mouth moved quicker than her brain so now she deserves to get smacked around a bit. We all know that she was attacking Ann on the whole 1% thing, but if it worked she would be a hero. It blew up in her face and now she can eat crow.

Southernblogger on April 12, 2012 at 2:25 PM

1. Who cares what van Susteren thinks?

2. Does van Susteren have any connection to Anita Dunn / Rosen’s laughable PR firm?

tetriskid on April 12, 2012 at 2:26 PM

This is also not to say that the Romney family success is anything to be ashamed of…the family should be very proud of its success. I admire success, don’t you?

The Obamas and Hilary Rosens don’t. They want the successful punished.

Bitter Clinger on April 12, 2012 at 2:26 PM

This is BS. Just because a woman has kids does not give her a pass on shitting all over stay at home moms.

angryed on April 12, 2012 at 2:20 PM

One wonders when the last time Rosen spent any time with her kids.
I know too many that had their children as a fashion accessory.
The nanny or nannies raise then.

katy the mean old lady on April 12, 2012 at 2:26 PM

It seems that Ann Romney is the economics expert.

In Hallie Lord’s excellent and entertaining book Style, Sex and Substance, contributor Rebecca Ryskind Teti explains: There was a time when each household had to provide everything for itself. Economy, in fact, comes from the Greek word for household management, and it refers to all the activity necessary for a household to have what it needs. Each family planted crops, hunted game, spun its own cloth and so forth in a division of labor that assured that everyone in the household had what he or she needed to live well. And a household typically included not only a nuclear family, but also extended relatives and servants, because it took a lot of people to perform all the necessary tasks. “Business” is a form of task specialization by which the household outsources to others what it used to have to do by itself. Increasing specialization of this kind has led to massive changes in social organization, but it hasn’t changed the essential nature of the activity, which is to provide households with what they need to live well. We don’t talk about economics in these terms because we have become philosophical materialists, interested only in what and how, never concerning ourselves with the questions of origin (Why does this arise?) or purpose (To what end is it ordered?). It’s not necessary for a woman to “contribute” to the world of work. The world of work exists to be sure she has what she needs for her family

Sven on April 12, 2012 at 2:27 PM

This is a fake apology.

Not good enough.

tetriskid on April 12, 2012 at 2:21 PM

I hear you, but it’s all you’ll get. After the way she doubled down, and then a pile on by everyone in the Obama campaign including a wife by whom you wouldn’t want to be piled on, this is a major walk-back.

de rigueur on April 12, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Rosen’s “apology” erases any doubt that may have existed. She’s a nasty, hateful piece of work.

forest on April 12, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Cindy Munford on April 12, 2012 at 2:24 PM

You always have to factor in the equation that liberalism is already a symptom of a defective mind.

Southernblogger on April 12, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Here is what Rosen meant to say:

It is quite obvious that Ann Romney gains traction with women. The Obama campaign is under water with the male vote so it is vital that we preserve our lead in the female vote. The most threatening aspect of the Romney campaign with regard to the female vote is Ann Romney. It is therefore of primary importance that we devalue anything that Ann Romney has to say and undermine any credibility she might have in speaking to women. So in that light, I am here to say that Ann Romney hasn’t worked a day in her life and can’t possibly be “in touch” with the issues that are most important to most women who will be voting in November.

crosspatch on April 12, 2012 at 2:28 PM

The nanny or nannies raise then.

katy the mean old lady on April 12, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Has she paid social security for her nannies?

rhombus on April 12, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Either (a) she meant to say what she said or (b) she didn’t mean to say what she said but said it anyway.

if b is the correct answer, then she should have clarified and apologized for any confusion she may have caused once people started bringing it to her attention. Instead, she get irate and seem to double-down with an insulting tone. Her initial response was to ridicule everyone’s fake outrage over her words, which by that point (assuming b is correct) should have been pretty apparently misspoken.

BlueCollarAstronaut on April 12, 2012 at 2:28 PM

What’s wrong Greta, can’t ride the Palin train anymore?

What about the chick killed in Aruba?

You hack!!!

Metal Head on April 12, 2012 at 2:29 PM

de rigueur on April 12, 2012 at 2:27 PM

It’s just like the Rush Limbaugh “apology”. Ask every Democrat why agree with Rosen.

tetriskid on April 12, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Rosen thought she could score some points against her candidate’s opponent. It’s not that she did or did not mean what she said, she didn’t count on was the backlash and the consequences of her comment and had thought it would be a net gain for her side.

Really it’s not whether she meant it or not, many politicians/media/etc say things to get a reaction or forward their agenda. Would that make what she said even worse? Look at the Zimmerman case, do they really believe what they’re saying or are they just doing it to get what they want? Now ask again, does that make what she said even worse?

Ukiah on April 12, 2012 at 2:29 PM

If Rosen meant to say that parenthood is made more difficult by financial pressure, then why didn’t she say that?

Yup. Ms. Rosen’s point was the obvious one. That Mrs. Romney got to sit home, watch The Secret Storm or some shyte, and not hustle to make a buck. And Ms. Rosen thinks such a contribution to the household is worth bupkis.

Someone on the last thread said she apologized to Mrs. Romney. That would be a good thing.

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on April 12, 2012 at 2:30 PM

What is it about Rosen is a political operative that’s so hard to catch on too?

What is it about the lefts concerted efforts to create acceptable double standards for democrats that’s so hard to catch on too?

Speakup on April 12, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Is Greta and this Rosen idiot lovers?

Greta should do some research on the way the Romeny’s lived when they had three children while still attending BYU. What an idiot.

David in ATL on April 12, 2012 at 2:30 PM

I took a bit of basic PR training in my former job. Ms Rosen forgot that what you want to avoid is turning a crisis into a catastrophe. Tylenol is the model cited for this.

She should’ve apologized immediately instead of waiting until the Dems threw her under the bus.

juliesa on April 12, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Poor Ms. Rosen. she was taken out of context…

Here is my more fulsome view of the issues. As a partner in a firm full of women who work outside of the home as well as stay at home mothers, all with plenty of children, gender equality is not a talking point for me. It is an issue I live every day

Thats what she meant to say. Gender equality is an issue and the fact that Mrs. Romney hasn’t worked a day in her life makes her point or something.

irishinfidel on April 12, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Greta is being really stupid right now. I never watch her boring show btw…

Sachiko on April 12, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Has she paid social security for her nannies?

rhombus on April 12, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Who knows. But I’ll bet the kids speak flawless Spanish. English, not so much.

katy the mean old lady on April 12, 2012 at 2:31 PM

“Let’s put the faux ‘war against stay at home moms’ to rest once and for all.”

How about the faux “war against women” rhetoric being leveled at the republicans by O and the dems, Hil?!

Sterling Holobyte on April 12, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Last time I heard her mention it Greta said she was a Democrat.
I have weighed everything she’s said and done since against that statement. My opinion of her has been improving of late. She’s back to zero again. Hey, there’s always the Cooking Channel at 10 pm.

vityas on April 12, 2012 at 2:31 PM

but who the hell is hilary rosen and why does it matter what she says? who does she speak for?

sesquipedalian on April 12, 2012 at 2:23 PM

She’s the RIAA lawyer who tried to put kids in jail for downloading music. Now, an advisor to the Obama campaign. Enjoy your newfound knowledge.

lorien1973 on April 12, 2012 at 2:31 PM

“Ann Romney has never worked a day in her life.”

If you don’t want the consequences of saying something like that, don’t say something like that.

Jim Treacher on April 12, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Thread winner!!!!!!!!

karenhasfreedom on April 12, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Southernblogger on April 12, 2012 at 2:28 PM

True, which is why Ms. Rosen is clueless to what the fuss is about. The good thing about that is if they can’t convince her to hush completely, we can expect more from her. Fingers crossed!

Cindy Munford on April 12, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Hilary recants:

“Let’s put the faux ‘war against stay at home moms’ to rest once and for all. As a mom I know that raising children is the hardest job there is. As a pundit, I know my words on CNN last night were poorly chosen. In response to Mitt Romney on the campaign trail referring to his wife as a better person to answer questions about women than he is, I was discussing his poor record on the plight of women’s financial struggles. Here is my more fulsome view of the issues. As a partner in a firm full of women who work outside of the home as well as stay at home mothers, all with plenty of children, gender equality is not a talking point for me. It is an issue I live every day. I apologize to Ann Romney and anyone else who was offended. Let’s declare peace in this phony war and go back to focus on the substance.”

Here’s the problem, Hilary. It’s not a “phony war”. You specifically targeted Ann Romney. You denigrated her efforts at raising 5 boys while suffering life threatening illnesses. Granted, you came at it(or attempted to come at it) more from a class warfare standpoint than one of trashing stay-at-home moms, but regardless, you insulted the woman, by proxy insulted millions of other women, made yourself, your party, and the Obama campaign look like major league a-holes, and now you’re trying to insinuate all the backlash and outcry has been manufactured which itself is insulting.

Word of advice, Hilary. STOP DIGGING! If you want to apologize, make it sincere. Then shut the hell up. And I don’t mean about Ann Romney. I mean period. Don’t talk. Go away for 7 months. Because you and your brand are so toxic right now that nothing you say can make things better. Just crawl in that hole you dug for yourself and wait til the election is over.

Doughboy on April 12, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Last time I heard her mention it Greta said she was a Democrat.
I have weighed everything she’s said and done since against that statement. My opinion of her has been improving of late. She’s back to zero again. Hey, there’s always the Cooking Channel at 10 pm.

vityas on April 12, 2012 at 2:31 PM

HGTV is running new “house hunters” episodes at 10 pm, too.

karenhasfreedom on April 12, 2012 at 2:32 PM

but who the hell is hilary rosen and why does it matter what she says? who does she speak for?

sesquipedalian on April 12, 2012 at 2:23 PM

I bet you say the same thing about Rush, right?

Cindy Munford on April 12, 2012 at 2:33 PM

“Let’s put the faux ‘war against stay at home moms’ to rest once and for all. As a mom I know that raising children is the hardest job there is. As a pundit, I know my words on CNN last night were poorly chosen. In response to Mitt Romney on the campaign trail referring to his wife as a better person to answer questions about women than he is, I was discussing his poor record on the plight of women’s financial struggles. Here is my more fulsome view of the issues. As a partner in a firm full of women who work outside of the home as well as stay at home mothers, all with plenty of children, gender equality is not a talking point for me. It is an issue I live every day. I apologize to Ann Romney and anyone else who was offended. Let’s declare peace in this phony war and go back to focus on the substance.”

So what was the “substance” of the discussion? An assertion that Mitt Romney has a “poor record on the plight of women’s financial struggles”? What, exactly, does that mean, and how does Ann Romney factor into supporting that assertion at all?

BlueCollarAstronaut on April 12, 2012 at 2:33 PM

A little OT, but the Pr geniuses in the Dem party are now slamming Charlotte, NC, where the convention will be held, as under-unionized and covered with “food deserts”.

I hope the folks in that critical swing state realize the Dems hate them and everyone else in the South.

juliesa on April 12, 2012 at 2:34 PM

I hate it when ANY media elite tells us what to think…

PatriotRider on April 12, 2012 at 2:34 PM

This is BS. Just because a woman has kids does not give her a pass on shitting all over stay at home moms.

angryed on April 12, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Yep!
Any person who says that raising kids is not work, either doesn’t have any or is bitter and jealous because they are not home with their kids.

Sterling Holobyte on April 12, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Freud lives.

Schadenfreude on April 12, 2012 at 2:34 PM

but who the hell is hilary rosen and why does it matter what she says? who does she speak for?

could it be that this outrage that dominates HA today is… manufactured?

sesquipedalian on April 12, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Thanks to her big mouth (and her doubling down on same), everybody knows who she is and for whom she speaks now.

If I give you a quarter, will you go away?

CurtZHP on April 12, 2012 at 2:34 PM

I like Greta, she is a good example of fair and she manages to interview people with interrupting them every two seconds. I think she is a real asset for Fox.

Cindy Munford on April 12, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Read Rosen’s piece over at CNN. She’s nasty, even suggesting Ann Romney should have responded to her “sincere” tweet.

Rosen should have just apologized instead of doubling down and disappeared for awhile.

LetsBfrank on April 12, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Lots of Nasty comments at the CNN link too, many of them defending Rosen:

So no one can say anything about Queen Ann unless of course it smells of roses?

Give me a break. If she can’t take the heat then she should go riding on one of her expensive horses.

Let’s see where this goes now. My crystal ball says the right wing isn’t finished with it yet. Never mind all of the horrible things that some in the right wing media have said about Michelle Obama, and there was no outrage, apologies nor remorse. The only reaction has been to hear the insults again and again. It must be tough being a black American.

Typical Democrat, apologizing for something that she shouldn’t have. Is it because they have more class? The GOP takes swings at Michelle Obama all the time; where are the apologies?

Ms. Rosen, I see nothing wrong with your comments. Most women have to raise a family plus work on the outside. The comment in reply that raising 5 boys was difficult would have greater if she did not have a cook,housekeeper, and gardener to help her out.

Hilary Rosen, Please take back that apology.

This is Your Mind on CNN.

Del Dolemonte on April 12, 2012 at 2:35 PM

I call BS, both on Greta and to a lesser extent on Tina. Ms. Rosen did not speak in haste and say something she didn’t mean. Ms. Rosen was not a victim of the 24/7 soundbite-obsessed culture. And Ms. Rosen does not have respect for stay-at-home mothers or consider their job to be hard work. Period.

The left deplores stay-at-home mothers. Absolutely despises them. In fact, they pretty much deplore motherhood. If it weren’t absolutely necessary to continue our species, they’d be trying to do away with it altogether. And even at that, they’re doing a pretty good job via their abortion activism.

The left, including Ms. Rosen, look at stay-at-home mothers with contempt. They believe that they are degrading to women and setting back the cause of feminism. They believe that all good mothers put their kids in daycare at six weeks old — preferably government-run daycare — and go back to their career where they can really “reach their potential” and “contribute to society.”

No, Ms. Rosen simply peeled back the mask and revealed the contempt that the left has. The only thing that she, and other liberals, are sorry for is that she was honest.

Shump on April 12, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Hey Greta, don’t get insulted, but is your job devoted to spreading ignorance?

gmerits on April 12, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Word of advice, Hilary. STOP DIGGING! If you want to apologize, make it sincere. Then shut the hell up. And I don’t mean about Ann Romney. I mean period. Don’t talk. Go away for 7 months. Because you and your brand are so toxic right now that nothing you say can make things better. Just crawl in that hole you dug for yourself and wait til the election is over.

Doughboy on April 12, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Why on earth do you want this prize to go away. We should pay for air times. How about 15 minutes of Rosen’s Rhetoric every day?

katy the mean old lady on April 12, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Hilary Rosen was being Hilary Rosen. Her double-down piece on CNN this morning proves it, plus, it was a little too well written and too thought out to give any credence to the notion that Hilary simply misspoke yesterday.

HoosierStateofMind on April 12, 2012 at 2:36 PM

I like Greta, she is a good example of fair and she manages to interview people with interrupting them every two seconds. I think she is a real asset for Fox.

Cindy Munford on April 12, 2012 at 2:34 PM

I like her too, but she should have stayed out of this one.

JPeterman on April 12, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Doughboy on April 12, 2012 at 2:32 PM

I really believe they have a playbook that they have been operating from. First the contraceptives question in the debate, OUT OF THE BLUE.

Then obamacare strips the first amendment away from religious institutions forcing them to pay for contraceptives for their employees.

Then Obama goes out and stirs up crap with his speeches creating this phoney war on women. Gets a HUGE bump in the polls as they balkanize this election.

Then they get arrogant and sloppy, thus they stepped on this land mine this week. Their real colors come through and their real contempt for “breeders” is apparent for all to see.

This is why Rush talked about this all day today. It was a very well rebutted and educational show. I suggest all who do not have Rush 24/7 to just buy it for this month and listen to the entire podcast when you get home from work.

Rush is pointing out just how well this has been orchestrated. Rush is perhaps having his finest show in a decade, today.

karenhasfreedom on April 12, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Hilary is not anti-stay-at-home mom.

Look Greta, if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and talks like a duck its very likely anti-stay-at-home mom!

Valkyriepundit on April 12, 2012 at 2:37 PM

The party that lionizes the Kennedys hates the Romneys..?

d1carter on April 12, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Rosen was hired to be an advisor to Obama & to help ‘tone down DNC attacks’. No wonder this administration is so $crewed up – they hire stupid people who, at the very least, don’t think before they speak. (Sorry, Greta.) Let’s be real, though – if this was said without the White House knowing before hand, Rosen will be fired. If she isn’t, it is a direct indication that this was a planned & coordinated ‘attack’.

The whole thing is ironic & at the same time pathetic: The whole ‘War on Women’ accusation from the Left is an attempt to distract people from the fact that Obama VIOLATED THE CONSTITUTION by mandating through ‘Obamacare’ that religious institutions provide contraceptives & ABORTION INDUCING DRUGS to women. After the Catholic Church & the Bishop rebelled & began stirring up a massive backlash, Liberals quickly began to spin the whole situation as ‘Conservatives’ being against contraceptives, thus being against women – Thus the Liberal false claim that the GOP is waging a ‘War against Women’ was born! The whole thing is nothing but a Liberal Diversionary tactic!

While attempting to sell the idea that it’s the GOP who at ‘War against Women’, the Obama administration:
1) Pays the women on its staff less than the men on staff,
2) More women lost their jobs under Obama than men have in this high unemployment,
3) He hosts the Muslim Brotherhood – the Muslim Extremists who have declared the highly oppressive and Anti-Woman Sharia Law will guide their every decision in Egypt – in the White House
4) Obama’s advisor attacks Romney for giving voice to women’s concerns by quoting his wife, insinuating that being a stay-at-home mom isn’t a ‘real job’

NOW, I just saw in the news we have the DNC trying to Spin the Spin by accusing Conservatives of ‘attacking’ Rosen for being a lesbian parent rather than for attacking Ann Romney & all stay-at-home moms. LOL!

easyt65 on April 12, 2012 at 2:38 PM

The left deplores stay-at-home mothers. Absolutely despises them. In fact, they pretty much deplore motherhood. If it weren’t absolutely necessary to continue our species, they’d be trying to do away with it altogether.

They want those children in “progressive” day care being managed, manipulated and indoctrinated from a very early age.

They don’t much care for home schooling either.

crosspatch on April 12, 2012 at 2:38 PM

I like Greta, she is a good example of fair and she manages to interview people with interrupting them every two seconds. I think she is a real asset for Fox.

Cindy Munford on April 12, 2012 at 2:34 PM

She is a much better interviewer than the blowhards who precede her in primetime.

juliesa on April 12, 2012 at 2:39 PM

I apologize to Ann Romney and anyone else who was offended. Let’s declare peace in this phony war and go back to focus on the substance.”

LOL “I’m sorry, you miserable idiots! OK? I’m sorry!!”

thirtyandseven on April 12, 2012 at 2:39 PM

If you watch the YouTube video of Hilary’s original remarks – she’s pretty articulate and on point about what she meant.

She’s no “Leslie Marshall” … Hilary Rosen knows how to make a point – and make it very articulate.

She wasn’t attacking Willard or Mrs. McDole … she was asked a question about whether or not SHE agreed with Willard McDole that women would place primary importance on economic factors when deciding who to vote for.

And … in this … she AGREED with Willard.

What she then went on to explain though … is that, even though this is true about women voting their pocket-books, she doesn’t think Willard will be able to capitalize on this because he’s basically non-charasmatic and seems to be old-fashioned in the way he views women. She also wanted to make a point about him being “out of touch”.

She explained that everywhere Willard goes, he’s always stating that his wife tells him that women think “this” and women think “that”. She was right to point out that Mrs. McDole probably isn’t that much “in touch” with people at the grassroots level either – so how can she really know?

There is NO denying that Willard was born with a silver spoon in his mouth – he is NOT a self-made man. Sam Walton was self made. Steve Jobs – self made. Willard McDole? Not so much. He’s as “self-made” as any Kennedy ever was and that’s it.

So Hilary was pointing out a weakness – and people on the Willard side don’t seem to want to listen to constructive criticism even when she gave it respectfully.

Which is … WHY YOUR BOY IS ABOUT TO HAVE HIS ASS KICKED IN NOVEMBER.

HondaV65 on April 12, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Me? I’m wondering if (like Greta) Rosen is a scientologist. Those creeps stick up for each other.

trapeze on April 12, 2012 at 2:39 PM

HGTV is running new “house hunters” episodes at 10 pm, too.

Thanks for the tip! And then you don’t have to see Dick Morris and wonder what’s wrong with his teeth.

vityas on April 12, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Look everyone! There goes the last shred of respect I had for Greta!

CycloneCDB on April 12, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Time to replace Sustern with…Michelle Malkin.

BuckeyeSam on April 12, 2012 at 2:41 PM

I like Greta, she is a good example of fair and she manages to interview people with interrupting them every two seconds. I think she is a real asset for Fox.

Cindy Munford on April 12, 2012 at 2:34 PM

I agree. I really enjoy her show, but she’s a liberal at heart. Let’s not forget she used to be at CNN.

SouthernGent on April 12, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Shut up Greta, you don’t have kids.

John the Libertarian on April 12, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Wait – Greta’s defending a Democratic female lawyer?

SHOCKA!

Greta doesn’t have kids. She dedicated her life to her career. She agree with Rosen’s sentiment, which she is trying to spin clarify for her.

But what Rosen said is not what Greta is claiming, nor is Greta’s assertion that accurate. While Mitt and Ann didn’t live in abject poverty, they did start off at zero.

budfox on April 12, 2012 at 2:41 PM

I hope this does not taint the discussion, but Hilary is dating another woman. As a lesbian, she has a certain distain for men and probably for those women who do not. So if Ann Romney had rug munching tendencies, I am sure Hilary would have not attacked. One must wonder who takes care of her two adopted children and is she grateful for the useful breeders of the population. Biologically, lesbians contribute nothing.

Zelsdorf Ragshaft on April 12, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Hilary could have focused on ‘substance’ any time she wanted to instead of casting aspersions on Mrs. Romney.

She didn’t.

Greta – you need better friends if you have to try and defend this woman for saying something indefensible. And Hilary can only run away from it… while still trying to be an ‘expert’ on women or the one who decides who is and is not an ‘expert’. And she gets a freebie soap box to do so, too, Greta.

ajacksonian on April 12, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Look everyone! There goes the last shred of respect I had for Greta!

CycloneCDB on April 12, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Was she reporting from Aruba?

crosspatch on April 12, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Ann Romney has more class than all the Democrat women put together.

claudius on April 12, 2012 at 2:42 PM

“Ann Romney has never worked a day in her life.”

If you don’t want the consequences of saying something like that, don’t say something like that.

Jim Treacher on April 12, 2012 at 2:25 PM

It is not easy when these same people said to Sarah Palin that she should stay at home and take care of her kids…remember that ?

burrata on April 12, 2012 at 2:42 PM

but who the hell is hilary rosen and why does it matter what she says? who does she speak for?

could it be that this outrage that dominates HA today is… manufactured?

sesquipedalian on April 12, 2012 at 2:23 PM

All right, Comedy Relief!

First of all, who the hell is she?

1. She was the Washington Editor at Large for the Puffington Host. Hardly an unknown place.

2. She’s the former President of the huge Recording Industry Association of America.

3. She’s long been a leading D.C. Lobbyist for gays and lesbians.

4. Most recently, her PR firm has been representing Democrat Media Darling Sandra Fluke.

5. She has in the past been an O’bama Advisor.

So she’s not exactly a Voice in the Wilderness; she’s a Major D.C. Democrat Player.

As for this being a Fake Scandal, please tell us why O’bama isn’t running on his Record as President.

Del Dolemonte on April 12, 2012 at 2:42 PM

OOOF ! – Greta – say it ain’t so ! Greta’s usually the one to implore those people who play within the lines of “context” to say what they mean !!!!
C’mon Greta !

FlaMurph on April 12, 2012 at 2:42 PM

And that Rosen chick is pretty chunky, eh? Big boned?

trapeze on April 12, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Wow. I could have sworn the pubbies were claiming the war on women controversy was all manufactured. Well not until they find a slip up that favors them. You all are so tranparent and pathetic.

Uppereastside on April 12, 2012 at 2:43 PM

but who the hell is hilary rosen and why does it matter what she says? who does she speak for?

could it be that this outrage that dominates HA today is… manufactured?

sesquipedalian on April 12, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Who the hell is Rosen? Who the hell is Bill Maher? Amazing who every time a well known liberal WHO IS ON TV ALL THE TIME is exposed for their hatred of women, libtards have never heard of them before.

angryed on April 12, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Doughboy on April 12, 2012 at 2:32 PM

+1000!

timmytee on April 12, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Hey Greta, don’t get insulted, but is your job devoted to spreading ignorance?

gmerits on April 12, 2012 at 2:36 PM

No, that was Greta’s job when she worked at CNN.

Now she works for a Real News Organization.

Del Dolemonte on April 12, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Was she reporting from Aruba?

crosspatch on April 12, 2012 at 2:42 PM

I never did liek the way she snarled at me every night.

CycloneCDB on April 12, 2012 at 2:45 PM

It is not easy when these same people said to Sarah Palin that she should stay at home and take care of her kids…remember that ?

burrata on April 12, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Isn’t this a conservative mantra? Stay home barefooted and pregnant.

Uppereastside on April 12, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Wow. I could have sworn the pubbies were claiming the war on women controversy was all manufactured. Well not until they find a slip up that favors them. You all are so tranparent and pathetic.

Uppereastside on April 12, 2012 at 2:43 PM

So you admit the “war on women” is fake. Finally.

angryed on April 12, 2012 at 2:45 PM

A false premise in all of this is one that has become so widely accepted that no one notices it anymore. And that is, that one must have *direct* experience of something in order to truly empathize with it. Somehow, if one, for example, survives a tornado, nevertheless, one still can’t possibly understand what it’s like to live through a hurricane. So even thought Ann Romney has dealt with adversity in her life, through health issues, and other issues we don’t know about that also are no respecters of income level, she can’t possibly relate to women who don’t have *the choice* to be stay at home moms. So I guess mother Teresa, who, I assume, was never homeless, should have been unfit to minister to the homeless and dispossessed, because she couldn’t possibly “relate” to them. What a load of crap. What about being preternaturally empathic? Or, having a powerful imagination? How else did Anthony Hopkins play Hannibal Lector? Not, certainly, by engaging in the direct experience of eating people. IMHO, Rosen knows this to true, and pretends not to. Why? Of course, to do the dirty work that Obama can’t be seen as doing. More ad hominem from he who has no plan.

smellthecoffee on April 12, 2012 at 2:45 PM

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