Conservatives Make Hay Over White House’s Gender Pay Gap ‘Backfire’

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Conservatives were quick to label the White House’s push for equal pay for women a “backfire” on Tuesday.

At Monday’s press briefing, White House press secretary Jay Carney defended the Obama administration’s own gender pay gap. Then after Tuesday’s press briefing, which followed a day of Democrats touting the Paycheck Fairness Act as well as executive actions geared toward federal contractors who are women, White House director of communications Jennifer Palmieri observed on Twitter that just one correspondent from the seven front-row news organizations present was a woman (that’s the Associated Press’s Julie Pace, by the way).

Ed Henry, Fox News’ White House correspondent, sent a snarky reply noting that White House press secretary Jay Carney took questions about the equal pay efforts even though he’s a man. Other responses echoed Henry’s line of thinking, with conservative pundit Michelle Malkin labeling Palmieri’s tweet a “gender card backfire.”

Brendan Buck, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), also fired off a bunch of tweets Tuesday that criticized the White House’s approach to the gender wage gap.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Catherine Thompson is a senior editor for Talking Points Memo in New York City. She came to the site in 2013 and reported on national affairs. Previously, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She can be reached at catherine@talkingpointsmemo.com.
LIKE US ON FACEBOOK