Study on female breadwinners ignites verbal brawl

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TV-Fox-Womens_Role_Broa.jpgFox News anchor Megyn Kelly poses at the anchor desk at the Fox studios in New York. Kelly says she’s offended by a male colleague’s suggestion that children of working mothers don’t do as well as families with stay-at-home moms. (AP Photo/Fox News, Alex Kroke)

by David Bauder

AP Television Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News Channel anchor Megyn Kelly said Friday that she’s offended by a male colleague’s suggestion that children of working mothers don’t fare as well as children with stay-at-home moms.

A Pew Research Center study released this week showing that women are now the primary breadwinners in 40 percent of households with children ignited a sharp debate on Fox with two of the network’s most prominent women taking on male colleagues. It culminated in an electric on-air exchange Friday among Kelly, Fox contributor Erick Erickson and anchor Lou Dobbs.

The debate also included with the unusual — for Fox — use of President Barack Obama as a symbol of success.

“What makes you dominant and me submissive and who died and made you scientist-in-chief?” Kelly said to Erickson.

Dobbs had convened a panel with three other men who bemoaned the study’s findings Wednesday on the Fox Business Network. Juan Williams said the study showed that “something’s gone terribly wrong in American society and it’s hurting our children.” Pollster Doug Schoen suggested that the social order is being undermined.

Erickson said that in nature, the male is typically dominant. He later wrote that children in a two-parent traditional household will more often than not be more successful than children of single or gay parents.

“We should not kid ourselves or scream so loudly in politically correct outrage to drown the truth,” Erickson wrote on his redstate.com blog. “Kids most likely will do best in households where they have a mom at home nurturing them while dad is out bringing home the bacon.”

Fox prime-time host Greta Van Susteren blogged in response: “Have these men lost their minds?” She wrote that the next thing they’ll have “is a segment to discuss eliminating women’s right to vote.”

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