Last week on MSNBC’s Hardball, former Republican House majority leader Dick Armey became angry at Salon editor-in-chief Joan Walsh during a segment about Rush Limbaugh, remarking, “I’m so damn glad that you can never be my wife because I surely wouldn’t have to listen to that prattle from you every day.” Yesterday on CNN, media reporter Howard Kurtz sharply criticized Armey and said that the networks should ban him from their shows:
LISA BLOOM: I mean, do men really all think that women are just dying to be married to them? Do they all think about us as sex objects, or in the case of Dick Armey, I guess, nonsexual objects, if he’s imagining being married to her? I mean, does he have no arguments on the merits and that’s what he has to resort to?
KURTZ: Well, you know, it was really one step above, “Joan, you ignorant slut.” And it bothers me that nobody pays a penalty for this. I’m sure he’ll be back on all the shows within a week or two.