Michael Savage referred to Rep. Jane Harman, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Sen. Barbara Boxer as "yentas," said Harman should "[g]o home and cook verenikis," and suggested that they were in office because they "have rich husbands who put them in power with their money, so they could have a little hobby in between getting their nails done." Later Savage asked his "board operator" if he would rather "be waterboarded for 30 seconds or eat Jane Harman's ravioli" and whether he'd rather "be waterboarded or eat Nancy Pelosi's tortellini."
On his radio show, Rush Limbaugh aired a clip of Bill Moyers saying: "And you couldn't say, 'How are we going to defeat the nigger?' How are we going to -- which is the word that was so common when I was growing up in the South. 'How are you going to defeat the kike?' referring to Jews -- you wouldn't do -- that woman would not have done that, I don't think." After the clip, Limbaugh said: "I have no idea what he's talking about. I do -- I'm pretty sure he's lost his mind. Meanwhile, they accuse us of saying those words and harboring those thoughts, and now look who's out saying them on PBS." At no point during the show did Limbaugh note that Moyers was discussing Sen. John McCain's response to a woman who asked him: "How do we beat the bitch?"
Reporting on Rudy Giuliani's December 9 appearance on Meet the Press, the Politico's Jonathan Martin asserted in a blog post that Giuliani "seemed to even good-naturedly mock and welcome [Tim] Russert's line of questions when the matter of" his business ventures' clients came up." By contrast, in Politico articles about Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's September 23 appearances on all five Sunday talk shows, Mike Allen and John F. Harris wrote that Clinton's laugh "sounded like it was programmed by computer," and Ben Smith described Clinton's laugh as a "cackle."
On Fox News' Your World, author Marc Rudov claimed that "women are equal-opportunity domestic abusers" and asserted that the websites for the Department of Health & Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention feature statistics "showing women and men commit domestic violence equally." In fact, the CDC reports that "[e]ach year, women experience about 4.8 million intimate partner related physical assaults and rapes" while "[m]en are the victims of about 2.9 million intimate partner related physical assaults."
The Associated Press reported that Sen. John McCain "chuckled in response to" a supporter's question, "How do we beat the bitch?" -- presumably referring to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton -- but that he "didn't embrace the epithet." The article further noted that "[a] few minutes later he said he respects Clinton, a New York senator and colleague." However, the article made no mention of the fact that McCain first called the question "excellent" and then pointed to a Rasmussen poll that he said showed him beating Clinton in a head-to-head matchup before saying, "I respect Senator Clinton."
On Hannity & Colmes, while discussing Sen. Hillary Clinton's performance at the October 30 Democratic debate, Kate Obenshain, the former chairwoman of Virginia's Republican Party, said that Clinton "really revealed her Achilles heel this week, which we've all sort of known, but now everybody knows it, that she does not have consistent positions on issues." She later added, "[I]nstead of coming forward to the American people the next day and saying, 'All right. This is really what I meant,' she continued to obfuscate, and then she ran to Wellesley and hid behind the skirts ... and said, 'Those big ... mean boys were picking on me' ... instead of being able to state her positions."
In a New York Times article, Elisabeth Bumiller asserted: "Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama tangled on Friday over whether women should be treated equally to men in the boxing ring of presidential politics. At the same time, Mrs. Clinton elaborated on the 'pile-on politics' video her campaign prepared, which showed her under assault from the six male candidates at the Democratic debate on Tuesday." However, none of the quotes Bumiller provided in the article support the suggestion that either the Clinton campaign or the Obama campaign had asserted that women should not "be treated equally to men in the boxing ring of presidential politics."
Discussing young female voters' support for presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, CNN's Carol Costello asserted, "[I]f Hillary Clinton can persuade these young, single women to vote for her, many say she will win. And those who oppose Clinton know that. That's why they're calling these young women voters stupid." She added, "[T]he online magazine Jezebel dubbed them the elusive, slutty, anxious female, that's slutty in a political sense of course," a reference to a June 14 Jezebel item with the headline: "Barack Obama Lures Elusive Slutty Anxious Female Demographic."