CNN Host Tricks Opponent of Women in Combat
... into agreeing with segregationist text
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 25, 2013 3:22 PM CST
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(Newser) – CNN host Soledad O'Brien pulled a fast one on noted gender equality foe Kingsley Browne, tricking the professor and author into agreeing with a 1941 quote supporting racial segregation in the military, in a clip spotted by Think Progress. The quote was:

  • "The army is not a sociological laboratory; to be effective it must be organized and trained according to the principles which will ensure success. Experiments to meet the wishes and demands of champions of every race and creed for the solution of their problems are a danger to efficiency, discipline and morale and would result in ultimate defeat."
But O'Brien skipped past the reference to "race and creed," with a quick "blah blah blah." When she had finished, Browne replied, "I think that's true," saying that while he didn't think the military would suffer total defeat, "people are going to die." When O'Brien revealed what she'd done, Browne protested that it was "a pretty weak analogy," because "race and sex are different." To which O'Brien replied repeatedly, "It's the same argument."

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LiveFree
Jan 31, 2013 3:35 PM CST
If the guest had been a liberal he would have said "I mispoke" and all would be forgiven by the media and a new shiny story would be promoted "Look over here" nothing to see over there
NotALemmingLeftie
Jan 28, 2013 10:18 PM CST
Turn in your "journalist badge"--you fail, Solo-dead. Terrible job, as usual. Always playing a race card that you make up...such a loser.
fractal
Jan 26, 2013 1:54 PM CST
Apparently, it is impossible for women to be awarded a very high military rank, because they do not have combat experience. However, it is important for us to have women in these high positions---I suspect they will have a fresh perspective and unique/creative approaches to military issues. Lets make a few volunteer units comprised of all women for combat. If men are too chicken-shit to try serving along side women--screw them. We will see in time whether women can have a constructive role in combat, and the men can quit whining about---well, whatever it is they are scared of---menstrual blood perhaps? This way, women can carry weapons best designed for their body types, and will only be in charge of rescuing other women; no need to be fearful, boys! Really, I think a lot of these arguments are a smoke-screen for men being uncomfortable with women generals. The military is one of the last American bastions of alpha machismo, and the number of sexual assaults on military women BY THEIR OWN reflects male anger at being invaded by estrogen---how dare those uppity women demand respect and equality. In the end, when all other arguments against equality fails, men always pull out upper body strength as the last, sure sign that they deserve to rule the roost, and are intrinsically superior to women.