Jake Tapper's Defense of Kellyanne Conway Proves He's as Fed Up With Media Bias as the Rest of Us

| DEC 8, 2016 | 5:05 PM
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Despite making history as the first woman to successfully run a presidential campaign, most progressive media outlets aren't exactly singing Kellyanne Conway's praises.

During Politico's “Women Rule” event just on Wednesday, for example, Conway discussed how she was weighing a time-intensive role in Trump's White House versus her desire to fully commit to being a mother to her four young children.

Shortly afterwards, as Mediaite reports, Slate Magazine published a piece claiming that “Kellyanne Conway Suggests That Women With Kids Shouldn’t Take Jobs in the White House” — and was quickly denounced by none other than CNN's Jake Tapper, who called Slate's 'hit piece' both “ridiculous and false.”

According to Slate, it's women like Conway — with their “outdated attitudes about gender roles” — that show why “the glass ceiling in the workplace isn’t going anywhere”:

The problem with Conway’s comments is not that she values her family or spending time with her young children. It’s that she seems to believe that it is the onus of the woman in a family to sacrifice her career opportunities so that her husband may have his.

Even more troubling, Conway implies that no good mother should take on such a job — an attitude that feels ripped out of “Mad Men.”

The article takes the argument even further, saying that it's views like this that represent why so many “liberals have not lauded Conway as a feminist icon” for her success.

The only problem, as Tapper pointed out soon afterwards, was that — according to women who actually attended the event — Slate's take “totally twists what Conway said.”

In reality, Conway was discussing how her male colleagues react to the idea of their own wives taking on a labor-intensive role, such as the White House position that Conway herself is considering:

"The question is 'Would you want your wife to? Would you want the mother of your children to?'

You really see their entire visage change. It’s like, oh, no, they wouldn’t want their wife to take that job."

Even so, some seemed to suggest that it didn't matter what Conway had actually said at the event, as she had “said plenty of other vile and disgusting things.”

Tapper's response:

To be sure, the idea that some media organizations lean right has become almost passe. In late November, for instance, President Obama casually mentioned that Hillary Clinton's defeat could partially be blamed on the fact that Fox News is on “in every bar and restaurant in big chunks of the country.”

In calling out Slate, Tapper — as one of the most visible figures in mainstream media — seems to not only be trying to keep his fellow journalists honest, but is pointing out that media bias can exist just as easily on the left.

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