For about the last seven months starting last September, I’ve been blogging about the 12% gender pay gap at the White House illustrated above, see my original post here, see a December 2013 post here, a January 2014 post here, another January 2014 post here, a February 2014 post about February 20 being “Equal Pay Day” at the White House for 2014, and a March 2014 post here. Not much happened until this week, when the story percolated long enough I guess, that it finally got some media traction and now it’s everywhere: Drudge Report, CNN, Bloomberg TV, Washington Post, New York Times, CBS news, talk radio, etc. And the result is that Jay Carney and Team Obama are now frantically trying to explain their own 12% gender pay gap, just as Obama issued two executive orders today concerning fair pay for women employed by federal contractors.
Here are some of the media reports over the last few days highlighting the White House’s hypocrisy on the gender wage gap:
1. Video (note that the opening graph features a variation of the chart above) and report below via Newsbusters:
On Tuesday’s CBS This Morning, White House correspondent Major Garrett completely dismantled President Obama’s left-wing talking points on the supposed gender pay gap of women making 77 cents on the dollar compared to men, reporting: “The White House is getting…roughed up by hits own pay equity rhetoric.”
Garrett used the administration’s hypocrisy on the issue to fact check the false claims: “An analysis of White House salaries, which nobody here disputes, shows that the median income of female staffers is 88% of that of male staffers….Now, the White House said its gender pay gap is tied to job experience, education, and hours worked, among other factors. This matters because those explanations, according to the Labor Department, explain a good deal of the gender pay gap nationally.
The big difference in these stories, when President Obama discusses this issue nationally he doesn’t mention those other work variables, only the broad figure that 77 cents per dollar is what women earn compared to men in median wages.”
2. Watch a video below of Jay Carney squirming as he unsuccessfully tries to defend the 12% gender pay gap at the White House, courtesy of the Washington Post, and see its report here titled “The White House’s own wage gender gap.“
3. The New York Times reported yesterday that “As Obama Spotlights Gender Gap in Wages, His Own Payroll Draws Scrutiny.”
Even as Mr. Obama seeks to make an issue of the gender gap in compensation across the country, however, his own hiring is facing some scrutiny. The recent study, by the conservative, showed that the median annual salary for women in the White House last year was $65,000, while the median annual salary for men was $73,729. The study was based on White House salary data.
4. In this video segment, CNN’s John King called the White House’s push for equal pay “A textbook case … of do as I say, not as I do.”
5. Fred Lucas reporting for The Blaze gives me a little credit in his report “Economics Professor: White House Holds Itself to a Different Standard on Gender Pay Equity.”
6. Here’s from another CNN report “Inside Politics: Equal Pay gap reaches White House“:
For the past several elections, Democrats have adopted the equal pay issue and made the equality of paychecks a huge priority. But the issue of equal pay plagues President Obama’s White House. An analysis by the conservative American Enterprise Institute found that women staffers made about 88 cents on the dollar, compared with male staffers.
Bottom Line: Along with my WSJ op-ed today with Andrew Biggs (“The ’77 Cents on the Dollar’ Myth About Women’s Pay“), it was a pretty good day for a dose of some overdue statistical and economic sanity, and a good day for exposing the ’77 cents on the dollar’ myth that has gradually morphed from a faulty or incomplete analysis of gender wage differentials into more of a political lie.