They were discussing the Ashley Todd hate crime hoax. For anyone who's not up-to-date on this, Ashley Todd, a volunteer for the McCain campaign, reported to police that she'd been attacked by a large, black man while withdrawing money from an ATM. She sported a black eye and alleged that the man had carved the letter "B" for 'Barrack' into her cheek (incidentally, it was scratched in backwards as though someone was looking in a mirror while doing so...ahem). After some questioning, Ms. Todd admitted to having made the whole thing up.
Greg (Red Eye host) mentioned that he believed the punishment for filing a false report for a hate crime should be equal to the punishment for actually committing a hate crime and that she should go to jail. He then proceeded to read this statement by Ethan Eilon, Executive Director of the College Republican National Committee,
"We think this girl has endured enough and that this is going to be something for her and her family to work through."The following exchange between Greg and Remi Spencer, a female guest on Red Eye, came next.
Greg: "So suddenly, she's the victim?"First of all, the comment by the Republican representative is just unbelievable. She's suffered enough? How so? Because she got caught in her lie? Is that sufficient reparations for making false allegations? As Greg so aptly pointed out......Now she's the victim?
Remi: "She needs help, she needs a psychological evaluation and treatment, perhaps hospitalization."
Greg: "But if guys do this, they never say they need psychological help, it's always girls, right Harrison? Girls are always saying like, oh they've got some kind of emotional trouble, right?"
Greg made several astute observations, in my opinion. First of all he made the point I've long made, that the punishment for someone purposely falsely accusing another should be equal to the punishment for the crime they're alleging was commited against them.
He also made the highly accurate point that if Ms. Todd was a man, this would be handled very, very differently. No one would be putting out statements telling us to leave the poor guy alone.....he's suffered enough. There wouldn't be any suggestions that he has emotional troubles and just needs to get some help. He would be exactly what Ms. Todd is, an unconscionable liar who was willing to make ugly, horrible accusations to meet his own ends; uncaring about the damage those allegations might cause to others.
As my husband and I were discussing these points, he told me about another exchange on a previous Red Eye episode. Thanks to DVR technology, he was able to replay this episode for me.
This time, they were discussing Mark Gardiner and Bridget Baker. Mark and Bridget had been married, once upon a time, and long since divorced. In 1995, Mark won 17 million dollars in a lottery. At some point between his winning the lottery and the present, Mark and Bridget renewed their relationship, Bridget got pregnant and they are now getting remarried.
The point was made by Bill (the show's other host) that roughly one half of the population (you guess which half) is going 'You go girl', while the other half is saying, 'You idiot'.
Greg asked Julie Banderas, Fox News Anchor and Red Eye guest, if she was saying 'you go girl'.
Here's her response,
"Yeah, what better way to get child support from the poor b*******?......IfVery nice.
he really is that stupid that he's going to do it without a prenuptial agreement
then she deserves it."
One of the things that stood out the most to me while viewing these exchanges was not the typical feminist attitudes displayed, but that they were being challenged; that I was seeing comments and ideas expressed on National television that I wouldn't have expected to find outside of a men's rights website. While I doubt Greg and Bill identify themselves as MRA's, I think it's apparent that the word is getting out, people are starting to question the lies and to recognize the disparities and bias.