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Fox’s Megyn Kelly Alpha-Dogs Working-Mom Critic Erick Erickson

Whatever Erick Erickson thinks he knows about the animal kingdom, he's got a lot to learn about dominant females among the species of Fox.

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Earlier this week, the Pew Research Center released a study showing that 40 percent of American households with children have mothers as the primary breadwinners. This led a great deal of analysis of this social shift, as well as of the further Pew finding that 51% of respondents believe that it’s better for children if their mothers don’t work outside the home.

It also caused Fox contributor Erick Erickson, whose scientific background seemingly includes having watched Animal Planet one time, to cry in alarm at this upsetting of the natural order, both in an all-male panel on Fox Business Network, and on his blog:

[T]he left, which tells us all the time we’re just another animal in the animal kingdom, is rather anti-science when it comes to this. In many, many animal species,* the male and female of the species play complementary roles, with the male dominant in strength and protection and the female dominant in nurture. It’s the female who tames the male beast. One notable exception is the lion, where the male lion looks flashy but behaves mostly like a lazy beta-male MSNBC producer.

*Other practices that are common among animal species: child abandonment, eating of one’s young, poop-flinging. The last is common among humans only in certain subcultures, such as cable-news commentary.

Erickson’s red-in-tooth-and-claw screed resulted in a spectacular moment today at Fox News, where, wouldn’t you know it, many of his colleagues are working mothers. (Typical liberal media!) One of them, Megyn Kelly, had on Erickson and Lou Dobbs (who’d hosted the original FBN segment), to point out witheringly that despite Erickson’s armchair biology, his conclusions about working moms (and nurturing dads) were disproven by half a century of scientific study on actual humans. “What makes you dominant and me submissive?” she asked. “And who died and made you scientist-in-chief?”

There were plenty of amazing things in the exchange that followed, including the revelation that Erickson meant his scientific observations about the animal kingdom entirely seriously. (Pro tip: if you’re a prominent partisan commentator, maybe the best platform to win the public to your side is not, “Join me, and live like wild animals in the state of nature!”) There was Kelly’s unloading an artillery barrage of research against Erickson to show that the preponderance of science over decades—from universities, the American Psychiatric Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics, for instance—showed that children were harmed neither by having a female rather than male breadwinner nor by having two committed gay rather than straight parents.

And utterly perfect, though not at all surprising, was Erickson’s glib answer to that: “One, I think the experts can be as politically motivated as anyone else when it comes to these particular studies, because it plays into a current notion that it’s OK.” Got that? Science totally backs him up, except when the vast majority of science doesn’t, in which case ignore it because liberal bias.

Also: “Second… when you’ve got three-quarters of the public willing to recognize that the increase in moms as breadwinners makes it harder to raise kids, yeah, I think most people understand moms are typically more nurturing than dads.” Science may say I’m wrong, but this opinion survey says I’m right! It’s the Family Feud approach to social science.

Credit to Fox, though, for allowing this interrogation of its own silverback males on its own air—fittingly by Kelly, who had a similar moment in 2011, smacking down a pundit who had dismissed her recent maternity leave as “a racket.” Later, on the Daily Show, Jon Stewart rolled clips of Kelly dismissing government worker benefits—including the equal-paternity-leave provisions of the Family and Medical Leave Act—as evidence that she was hypocritical, or suffering from “post-partum compassion.”

Still, the smoldering crater she left where her sexist guest stood remained, and now you can add Erickson to the list. Whatever Erick Erickson thinks he knows about the animal kingdom, he’s got a lot to learn about dominant females among the species of Fox.

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Erick Erickson needs to go back to a real school.....

Libtards-UNITE
Libtards-UNITE

Megan is hot.  That's all that really matters here.

FEFL
FEFL

Erick Erickson's name bears a deceptive resemblance to the star of child psychiatry Erik H Erikson

BCBADO
BCBADO

MS. Kelly plays dumb most of the time to coddle Tea-Publican crowd but her real feelings come out once in a while.



gysgt213
gysgt213

Erick is the condescending one.

gysgt213
gysgt213

Lou Dobbs is the smart one.

bpai99
bpai99

Jon Stewart's bit was devastating and skewered Kelly as an epic hypocrite. That takedown was epic. Set aside politics, all mothers should be offended by her hypocrisy. Unbelievable.

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

Breaking: FNC not to be taken seriously!  Also--dog bites man!


Thank goodness for baseball season (I'm off to see my sad little Twins in a bit)  because the media in the summer actually makes me dumber for reading/listening/viewing it.




Hollywooddeed
Hollywooddeed

Where was Megyn when the boys were eviscerating Sandra Fluke?

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

What war on women? Why don't women want to vote for conservatives? Palm meet Face!

PerryWhite1
PerryWhite1

Everything about Eric Erickson screams, "I live in my parents' basement and have never had a date with a live girl." 

For all I know he's on his third marriage and has 25 kids. But, boy, what a piggish little man-boy. Why does anybody listen to anything he has to say?

deconstructiva
deconstructiva

Kudos to Megyn for calling them out. However, there's a major caveat. She knows what the FOX culture and colleagues' attitudes are, yet still continues to work there. Unlike most people, she has enough name and resume highlights to quit and find something else. Most folks in this unstable economy don't have that option. So which matters more, paycheck or principle?

tommyudo
tommyudo

TIME must be hard up for news today, just as Fox was for televising such tripe.

Cekrypton1
Cekrypton1

The other thing that I am struck by in that clip is Lou Dobb's paternalistic, faux deference to Kelly when he refers to her as "the dominant one." It's done in such a way that indicates she is being "silly" but if he can teasingly mollify her, he'll be fine. And I love the she immediately sees it for what it is, with her indignant, "What?!"

MVH1
MVH1

Lou Dobbs is smart?  Maybe to you.  Smart alec, yes.

kbanginmotown
kbanginmotown

@Paul,nnto OurTigers are going to take on JCapan's O's tomorrow. perhaps he'll grace us with a drive by?

kbanginmotown
kbanginmotown

@Hollywooddeed Recall that Megyn got on a "Crappy Maternity Leave in the USA" rant a couple of years ago after she had her baby. It seems she gets her "Librul" on whenever her estrogen is flowing. Sandra Fluke?...not so much...(sadly)

TyPollard
TyPollard

@mantisdragon91 

They have that 1960s smirk of condescension towards women and they can't figure out why women are repulsed.

MVH1
MVH1

He is more pig looking than man or boy.

tommyudo
tommyudo

@deconstructiva 


No, no kudos to her at all. She is an enabler. Just another Fox female who thrives on being on the air with the no-minds and  bigots of Fox's boys club, who probably don't even believe most of the bilge they spew. All the while  she is smiling on the way to the bank. There is a word for her and it happens to coincide with the world's oldest profession

MVH1
MVH1

It may not be interesting to you, not being female and all, but it sure is interesting to us.

MVH1
MVH1

Everybody reaches tolerance for this kind of crap eventually.  It would be so much fun to see her suddenly throw her hands up on the air one day and call these cretins out for what they are, all of them, and resign, on air, declaring she cannot stomach it one more minute.

PerryWhite1
PerryWhite1

@kbanginmotown @Hollywooddeed She gets on these rants whenever it's her own personal ox being gored. HER maternity leave. HER workplace equity. I suspect she doesn't much care what happens to other folks.

PerryWhite1
PerryWhite1

@MVH1 But you know what would happen: They'd say she's a hysterical female who can't act professionally because she's too emotional.

MVH1
MVH1

And I suspect you are exactly correct.

Ohiolib
Ohiolib

@PerryWhite1 @MVH1 Please, let them. And let Mrs. Kelly write a tell-all which claims she got denied a pay raise for expressing a contrary point of view. The more the teatards fight themselves, the less time they have to fight truth and sanity.