The Daily Caller published a sexist cartoon attacking Meghan McCain in response to reports that McCain will soon be hosting her own television show. Jim Treacher, the nom de plume of Daily Caller contributor Sean Medlock, used the cartoon as a vehicle to claim that Meghan McCain's physical appearance is "the only reason anybody ever pays attention to her."
The March 28 column, titled, "Meghan McCain to host TV show that will require her to talk," featured a cartoon using a photograph of McCain with speech bubbles emerging from McCain's breasts. The cartoon, which was published at Treacher/Medlock's personal website in 2009, appears to be his creation.
Due to the offensive nature of the cartoon, Media Matters has not republished it. The sexist content of the image, originally described by Treacher/Medlock as "a few words from Meghan McCain's funbags," speaks for itself.
Michelle Malkin and the team at Twitchy.com, a website she founded, are attacking Meghan McCain and Sandra Fluke for showing solidarity with each other over the sexist attacks both have endured.
Yesterday, McCain tweeted a picture of herself and Fluke at an after-party following the White House Correspondents Dinner. McCain said "My fav meeting of the night" and referred to Fluke as "very brave and badass."
McCain later tweeted: "Everyone calm down. I'm a proud pro-life republican but standing up to publicly being called a slut is brave. I've been through it." Fluke tweeted a response to McCain: "thanx 4 support/advice re: public attacks! We girls have each others' backs despite polit differences."
McCain and Fluke have indeed been subjected to sexist attacks for speaking out publicly: Fluke was infamously called a "slut" and a "prostitute" and subjected to a barrage of other sexist attacks by Rush Limbaugh after speaking out about insurance coverage for contraception, and McCain has been subjected to repeated sexist comments after speaking publicly.
Malkin's Twitchy.com was outraged that McCain and Fluke would compare notes on sexism. The website collected some of the tweets on the subject by McCain, Fluke, and others under the headline "Groan: When Meggie Met Fluke-y" and called McCain a "GOP embarrassment" and referred to Fluke as a "Democratic embarrassment."
This Sunday saw the right-wing launch some nasty attacks on one of their own after Meghan McCain spoke out against Christine O'Donnell -- and was basically told by conservative pundits, "Sit down and shut up, woman."
During her appearance on ABC's The Week on October 17, McCain said O'Donnell is "seen as a nutjob," and explained, "I speak as a 26-year-old woman. And my problem is that, no matter what, Christine O'Donnell is making a mockery of running for public office. She has no real history, no real success in any kind of business. And what that sends to my generation is, one day, you can just wake up and run for Senate, no matter how [much] lack of experience you have."
What did her political discourse earn her? Misogynistic attacks from right-wing pundits. Blogger Doug Powers kicked off the mud-slinging with a post on Michelle Malkin's blog Sunday morning. He began his post with a photo of McCain that spurred controversy after she posted it on Twitter a year ago and commented, "Disregard the above photo. I'm only putting it there to remind myself to check my tire pressure later this afternoon."
Later that day, conservative blogger Dan Riehl on his blog Riehl World View referred to McCain as "Meggie 'Big Mac' McCain" and wrote that "this self-indulgent set of mega-breasts doesn't belong anywhere near a TV studio commenting on anything."
Jeff Poor, a staff writer for the Media Research Center's Business & Media Institute, rounded out the evening by re-tweeting a conservative blogger's comment that "I swear, if Meghan McCain gets any dumber she'll be drooling on her boobs" with the remark: "Haha."
Wow. All of these commentators would throw a fit -- rightly -- if sexist attacks were launched on Sarah Palin, Christine O'Donnell, or Sharron Angle. If they disagree with the substance of McCain's remarks, why are they going after her body instead?