Martha Coakley Blasts WEEI For Misogyny

Democratic Gubernatorial hopeful Martha Coakley participates in the 2014 Massachusetts Gubernatorial Forum on Mental Health in Boston, Wednesday, June 25, 2014, sponsored by The Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. The intent of the forum was to create a dialogue around issues of mental health, focusing on veterans, teen suicide, the social impact of casino and marijuana legalization, and mental health care. Gretchen Ertl/AP Images for Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology.
In this file photo, Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Martha Coakley participated in the 2014 Massachusetts Gubernatorial Forum on Mental Health in Boston, Wednesday, June 25, 2014.
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WEEI’s Kirk Minihane’s rant on Erin Andrews, in which he openly called the FOX Sports sideline reporter a “gutless bitch” on the “Dennis & Callahan Show,” is far out of bounds for decent dialogue and criticism, according to gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley.

The state’s attorney general, taking time out of her day after reading about the affair online, was so incensed by his comments that she felt she personally had to address them.

“I think that’s pretty unacceptable in this day and age,” Coakley said. “Here’s a professional woman, doing her job, obviously we can all be criticized for what we do but we should be able to do it without those kind of disgusting, uncalled for, and frankly outrageous comments.

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“It just seems to me that this is not the first time that people on that show have been insensitive and frankly out of line in terms of comments they’ve made,” Coakley said. “Everybody understands fair criticism, but when it becomes personal, when it’s demeaning, and when it goes over the line as this did, that language is inexcusable and it’s offensive. I just felt it was important for me to weigh in.

“I am running for office at a time when in 2014 it seems to me we want our daughters, our sisters, our wives to be treated with respect. We fought hard to make sure women had the opportunity to enter into professional life and be part of what’s happening. And when someone, particularly someone on air, makes these kind of outrageous comments it seems it is not acceptable and I just felt I needed to weigh in. And I think people need to stand up and say it’s wrong.”

Coakley stressed that she understands that there is a place for dialogue, especially when it comes to social media and broadcasting, but this particular case just contained too much vitriol.

“I have a pretty thick skin,” she said. “I get criticized a lot and I don’t mind if it’s based on my job, if it’s based on a legitimate basis for criticism, but this seemed to me to go over the line.”