Is the Media Still Laughing at Mike Pence's Dinner Rule?


In March, when The Washington Post reported that Vice President Mike Pence refused to have dinner with a woman if his wife was not present, the media had a field day making fun of him.

Think they're still laughing now?

Especially at the TODAY Show, which discussed and laughed at Pence during a segment that mercifully did not feature the now-disgraced Matt Lauer:

It is highly likely that everyone sitting at that table and pillorying Pence knew full well what was going on in Lauer's hotel rooms and secluded corner office, yet they still laughed at Pence's supposedly antiquated value system.

Stephen Colbert devoted a Late Show segment to joking about the Pences' dinner rule:


Too bad Colbert's buddy Louis C.K. had no such rule with (and no such respect for) his wife when he was masturbating in front of female comedians for two decades, huh?

And how about the ladies of The View? Joy Behar thought the Pence policy discriminates against women: 


Even more stunning for Behar, though, had to be that her good friend, Senator Al Franken, had groped several women while taking pictures with them.

Or maybe Behar wasn't all that stunned at all since she appeared to be one of them:

How about Bette Midler? She thought Pence's policy was hilarious back in March.


Yet just a few months later, Midler was shocked and appalled by the behavior of Harvey Weinsten--who often lured women with the promise of a "friendly dinner:"  


Whose policy on dinners do you suppose Midler thinks is wiser now? 

Back in March,The Atlantic informed its readers that the Pence policy wasn't just archaic, but that it actually did significant harm to women.

In October, though, The Atlantic might have had reason to rethink its position when it was forced to fire senior managing editor Leon Wieseltier following allegations of sexual harassment. 

One would assume that Wieseltier is and has always been a far greater threat to women than Pence. didn't agree with that assessment in March, however, as it posited that Pence's dinner rule wasn't just wrong, it was downright illegal gender discrimination!

It, of course, absolutely isn't illegal, but you know what is? Sexual harassment--such as the kind that forced Vox to fire editorial director Lockhart Steele in October.

Vox, it seems, had been looking down its nose at Pence while ignoring the plank in its own eye. And so it has been with a staggering number of media figures and outlets that mocked and expressed disdain for Pence's value system: They probably should have been focused instead on their own.

Dan O'Donnell

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