Editor’s Note: The following was originally published by USA Today on September 9, 2014.
In a world exploding in violence, the State Department last week identified an evil closer to home: Bill O’Reilly.
The Fox News host had criticized State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki. “With all due respect … that woman looks way out of her depth. … It just doesn’t look like she has the gravitas for the job,” O’Reilly said.
This, according to Obama administration officials, is sexist.
Marie Harf, the department’s deputy spokesperson, blasted O’Reilly from her official Twitter account as lacking “intelligence and class” and then justified the juvenile tweet from the State Department podium, telling reporters that O’Reilly used “sexist, personally offensive language that I actually don’t think (he) would ever use about a man.”
Sexism is a serious problem and a serious accusation. It’s true there are many people who dismiss women as unserious and out of their depth not because they are, but because they are women. Bill O’Reilly isn’t one of them.