Many conversations on Fox News require no analysis, no annotation, no snark, no commentary. Just watch the video and read the transcript. In a segment of “America’s Newsroom” this morning, host Martha MacCallum and commentators Alan Colmes and Tucker Carlson addressed President Obama’s call to get rid of the gender pay gap. “You know, today, women make up about half our workforce, but they still make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. That is wrong, and in 2014, it’s an embarrassment. Women deserve equal pay for equal work,” said the president in his State of the Union address.
Here’s part of this morning’s give-and-take on Fox News:
MacCallum: I think most women don’t want to be treated as sort of a special class of citizens. They want to go to work every day, they want to get paid for being a professional, for doing their job really well. And they don’t want to be treated like some group of people who have to be, you know, given a little special handout just to make sure that they’re okay.
Colmes: It’s not a special handout. It’s equality. It’s equal pay for equal work. It’s having … pregnancy leave.
MacCallum: Many women make exactly what they’re worth, Alan.
Colmes: Exactly what they’re worth? Are they not worth the same amount of money for the same job?
MacCallum: I’m saying they’re worth a heck of a lot.
Carlson: Women make more than men if you adjust for the time they take off, voluntarily. Like, that’s not — that’s a fact. How can you explain that?
Colmes: It’s not voluntary. Women get pregnant; men don’t. It’s not voluntarily … they involuntarily don’t get back to the workplace in some cases.
Carlson: You’re mad at biological reality here …