If you've missed the hullabaloo that erupted over a new study showing that moms are now the primary or sole breadwinner in 40% of households with kids, much of it played out today on Megyn Kelly's Fox News show. The background is that a slew of conservative men, including Erick Erickson at RedState and Lou Dobbs, lamented the study as against the natural order of things—even "anti-science"—because males are supposed to be the dominant ones and women the nurturing ones. The study goes to the heart of everything that's wrong with our society, they argue. (Erickson says it's his liberal critics who are the anti-science ones, and lays out his argument on his blog.)
Kelly opened her segment by asking Erickson, “What makes you dominant and me submissive and who died and made you scientist-in-chief?” and then proceeded to take down both men's arguments, reports Mediaite. At one point, she said to Erickson:
- "To me you sound like somebody who's judging and then wants to come out and say, 'I'm not, I'm not, I'm not, and now let me judge, judge, judge, and by the way it's science, it's science, it's science, it's fact, fact, fact, fact. Well, I have a whole list of studies saying your science is wrong and your facts are wrong.'"
Yesterday, Fox's Greta Van Susteren was equally outraged, notes the Huffington Post
, writing, "Have these men lost their minds? (and these are my colleagues??!! oh brother... maybe I need to have a little chat with them (next thing they will have a segment to discuss eliminating women's right to vote?)"