As is often the case when it comes to the right-wing media, crucial context surrounding Davis’s filibuster was ignored — for example, the fact that just 62 percent of Americans, and only 68 percent of women, support a ban on abortion after 20 weeks. But rather than explore the issue in depth, conservatives have decided to obsess over extraneous details such as Davis’s iconic pink running shoes.
Perhaps the most disgusting example of right-wing misogyny was Bill O’Reilly’s on-air invitation to Fox viewers to urinate and defecate in Davis’s mouth. Although O’Reilly was ultimately forced to resign, his conservative colleagues refused to condemn his sexist remarks. Washington Post columnist George Will argued that O’Reilly “was making a very legitimate point about Wendy Davis,” while Wallace dodged the issue altogether by saying he was “not a media critic.”
Progressives are right to be outraged. If anything, the Wendy Davis controversy proves why liberals and all pro-woman Americans must keep holding the media accountable for the way they talk about male and female candidates differently.