Chris Christie’s Real Problem? Our ‘Feminized’ Culture

brithume-chrischristieFox News Channel has a media criticism program (stop laughing!) hosted by former CNN/Washington Post media watcher Howard Kurtz. On the January 12 show, his roundtable was discussing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s current scandal–an issue that Fox has been rather loath to cover compared to the other cable news networks.

On the question of whether or not Christie is a bully, veteran Fox pundit Brit Hume had this insight:

KURTZ: So, what about this bully narrative?

HUME: Well, I would have to say that in this sort of feminized atmosphere, in which we exist today, guys who are masculine and muscular like that in their private conduct and kind of old-fashioned tough guys run some risks.

ASHBURN: Feminized?


HUME: Feminized atmosphere.

KURTZ: By which you mean?

HUME: By which I mean that men today have learned the lesson the hard way that if you act like a kind of an old-fashioned guys’ guy, you’re in constant danger of slipping out and saying something. That’s going to get you in trouble and make you look like a sexist or make you look like you seem thuggish or whatever. That’s the atmosphere in which he operates. So, this guy is very much an old-fashioned, masculine, muscular guy and there are political risks associated with that. Maybe it shouldn’t be, but that’s how it is.

So when you go around screaming at teachers, that’s just your “old-fashioned, masculine, muscular guy” “slipping out.” Makes you wonder what “slips out” at Fox News when the cameras aren’t rolling.

About Peter Hart

Activism Director and and Co-producer of CounterSpinPeter Hart is the activism director at FAIR. He writes for FAIR's magazine Extra! and is also a co-host and producer of FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin. He is the author of The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly (Seven Stories Press, 2003). Hart has been interviewed by a number of media outlets, including NBC Nightly News, Fox News Channel's O'Reilly Factor, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and the Associated Press. He has also appeared on Showtime and in the movie Outfoxed. Follow Peter on Twitter at @peterfhart.