After claiming "Queen Bee" Nancy Pelosi "hates" Hillary Clinton, Quinn said "it seems to be a trait that flows through, for whatever reasons, the gender"

››› ››› JOCELYN FONG

On his radio show, Jim Quinn said that Rep. Nancy Pelosi, whom he referred to as "the Queen Bee," "hated" Sen. Hillary Clinton "because she didn't want Hillary to be the most important woman in Washington." He added: "[I]t seems to be a trait that flows through, for whatever reasons, the gender, if you will."

On the October 7 broadcast of The War Room with Quinn & Rose, radio host Jim Quinn said that Rep. Nancy Pelosi, whom he referred to as "the Queen Bee," "hated" Sen. Hillary Clinton "because she didn't want Hillary to be the most important woman in Washington. She got there, damn it, and she's gonna be the most important woman in Washington." He added: "I'm sorry, but it seems to be the nature -- I shouldn't say the nature of all women -- but it seems to be a trait that flows through, for whatever reasons, the gender, if you will."

Quinn made the comments after co-host Rose Tennent recounted: "Once I worked at a television station, and there was a woman that was in charge of it, and she hated other women. She just treated other women terribly, and I never understood it, because I knew that she had to fight to get to where she was, right, and she was very fortunate to be in that position." Tennent added, "And I made a vow to myself then, and I have held -- I have held on to this, and I have helped in every way possible -- that I would help women along the way, no matter what. And I do agree with [former Secretary of State Madeleine] Albright that there is a place that's reserved for women who don't help other women." Quinn responded: "And there's a lot of 'em, especially in hierarchies."

Quinn and Tennent had been discussing Los Angeles National Organization for Women chapter president Shelly Mandell's introduction of Gov. Sarah Palin at an October 4 California rally in which Mandell expressed her personal support for Palin.

Additionally, earlier in the segment, Quinn and Tennent mischaracterized criticism of Palin for misquoting a statement by Albright. At the event with Mandell, Palin claimed: "You'll never believe what the quote was. It was Madeleine Albright. ... She said: 'There's a place in hell reserved for women who don't support other women.' " Commenting on Palin's misquote, Tennent said, "I guess it was actually 'who help other women,' but Sarah said it was 'support other women.' So, some people have criticized her. 'Oh, it wasn't 'support' women, it was 'help' other women.' Does it matter?" Quinn replied, "No. Now, let's nitpick ourselves to death here."

However the criticism was not simply about Palin mistaking "support" for "help," but also about the context in which Palin employed Albright's quote. In a statement sent to The Huffington Post, reported by Nico Pitney on October 5, Albright said her remarks "had nothing to do with politics," adding "this is yet another example of McCain and Palin distorting the truth, and all the more reason to remember that this campaign is not about gender, it is about which candidate has an agenda that will improve the lives of all Americans, including women. The truth is, if you care about the status of women in our society and in our troubled economy, the best choice by far is Obama-Biden."

As documented by Media Matters for America, Quinn repeatedly referred to the National Organization for Women as "the national organization for whores," and introduced a segment on Hillary Clinton by playing Elton John's "The Bitch is Back."

The War Room with Quinn & Rose is a syndicated radio program based in Pittsburgh on Clear Channel's WPGB 104.7 FM. Talkers Magazine lists Quinn and Rose on its "Heavy Hundred." According to the show's website, it airs on 18 radio stations and XM Satellite Radio.

From the October 7 broadcast of Clear Channel's The War Room with Quinn & Rose:

TENNENT: I don't care what [Mandell] said in that speech, the fact that she was there in front of 20,000 people to support Sarah Palin -- unfortunately it wasn't seen anywhere else -- I think that's awesome. And you know, I guess -- and then the highlight was -- Sarah was actually quoting Madeleine Albright off the back of a Starbucks Coffee cup because their -- you know how they do the quotes on the Starbucks Coffee cups?

QUINN: Yeah.

TENNENT: And Madeleine Albright's quote was, "There's a place in hell reserved for women who don't support other women." I guess it was actually "who help other women," but Sarah said it was "support other women." So, some people have criticized her. "Oh, it wasn't 'support' women, it was 'help' other women." Does it matter?

QUINN: No. Now, let's nitpick ourselves to death here.

TENNENT: But, you know, that's interesting, because I have always felt that way. Once I worked at a television station, and there was a woman that was in charge of it, and she hated other women. She just treated other women terribly, and I never understood it, because I knew that she had to fight to get to where she was, right, and she was very fortunate to be in that position. I would have assumed -- and I went in assuming -- that she would help the women at the station to obtain -- you know - to reach higher and to reach their goals. She wasn't that way at all. She favored the men, not the women. And I made a vow to myself then, and I have held -- I have held on to this, and I have helped in every way possible -- that I would help women along the way, no matter what. And I do agree with Albright that there is a place that's reserved for women who don't help other women.

QUINN: And there's a lot of 'em, especially in hierarchies. And, you know, just like --

TENNENT: There are a lot of them.

QUINN: Yeah, well, I mean, look at the Queen Bee, Nancy Pelosi. She hated Hillary, because she didn't want Hillary to be the most important woman in Washington. She got there, damn it, and she's gonna be the most important woman in Washington. I'm sorry, but it seems to be the nature -- I shouldn't say the nature of all women -- but it seems to be a trait that flows through, for whatever reasons, the gender, if you will.

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