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Forbes on Fox Debates Affirmative Action For Men

Reported by Guest Blogger - February 20, 2010 -

Guest blogged by Brian

Last Saturday's (2/13/10) Forbes on Fox featured Neil Weinberg half-facetiously arguing for affirmative action for men to go to college. Fox showed a report saying more women attended college in the last decade than men. Weinberg said, "David (Asman), as your mom used to tell you, two wrongs make a right… It's wrong that there aren't more men in college, and the only way to make it right is affirmative action. It's just a waste of our resources if men are not going to college and using their minds." Of course, the real goal was not to bring about affirmative action for men but to skewer the affirmative action that we already have. Weinberg even admitted as much as the segment drew to a close. Not a single person on the four-person panel supported affirmative action. Host David Asman never brought forth the reasons it came about or the arguments on behalf of its proponents. With video.

Host David Asman hinted at the subtext by saying, “My mom always told me two wrongs do not make a right."

Victoria Barrett fell in with the meme. "And she was right. Look, Neil, you're cheating… You're saying these men are not capable, not ready to go to college. Often they didn't graduate. The high school dropout rate for boys is nearly twice that of girls." She said we should target younger boys rather than “give them a free card to go to college.”

Bill Baldwin said, "Take away affirmative action." He went on to joke that we should do away with college sports, “which just attracts men.”

Evelyn Rusli said, "Looking at a ratio of 60-40, that's not a crisis situation… I think that the most qualified should get in… If you need incentive, …then you don't deserve to be there in the first place."

Barrett continued, "I agree with Bill that I think we should get rid of all affirmative action and quotas when it comes to college, and have a completely level playing field."

Weinberg tipped his hand about his real goal as he said, "What's wrong with giving good old white men help when they need it?"

Comment: I'll tell you what's wrong with it, Neil. In 2007, women were paid 77 cents for every dollar a man got. Black women got 72 cents, and Latinas, 60 cents. That's why we need affirmative action for women. You could have at least explained the argument for it before everyone on your panel dismissed it.