You can always count on some of the empty-headed parrots in the entertainment field to greedily devour whatever the liberals tell them is true, and then spew it out to their fawning, witless fans. Case in point: Bette Midler showered her more than half a million followers with the debunked statistic that President Obama keeps repeating in order to revive his midterm election hopes:
YES! Women still earn $.77 for every dollar men earn. @Obama: "We all love Mad Men, but we don't have to live like we're in Mad Men!"
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) April 9, 2014
Not so fast, Bette! While Obama’s propaganda might be the wind beneath your wings, not everyone is so gullible:
— Well Done (@welldoneson) April 9, 2014
— johanna ihli (@johannaihli) April 9, 2014
— Heather (@hboulware) April 9, 2014
— Phineas Fahrquar (@irishspy) April 9, 2014
Even Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler seemed a little skeptical of the pay-gap argument in 2012, although in the end he awarded the White House only one Pinocchio(!):
The gap is even smaller when you look at hourly wages — it is 86 cents vs. 100 (see Table 9) — but then not every wage earner is paid on an hourly basis, so that statistic excludes salaried workers. But, under this metric for people with a college degree, there is virtually no pay gap at all.
By all accounts, there is a wage gap, but it has declined over the decades — and depending on how the data are viewed, in some cases it barely exists.
Since Obama continues to push the discredited statistic (and his luck), Kessler put out a new rating this morning: two Pinocchios.
— Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) April 9, 2014