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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand calls out congressmens' boorish behavior, but no names

Gary He
US Department of Labor
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D - N.Y.) speaks at The White House Summit on Working Families New York Regional Forum, May 12, 2014 in New York

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) called out male senate colleagues for comments made about her body, like “pooky” and “fat,” in her new book, Off the Sidelines. Should the names of the senators be revealed?

Missouri School of Journalism professors Earnest Perry, Mike McKean and Amy Simons discuss the issue.


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In response to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's accusations of sexist comments from fellow Senators, some are calling for her to provide names. One New York Times reporter tweeted the question, "Doesn't she kind of have a responsibility to name them?" and an article from Fox News suggested Gillibrand only brought up the issue to sell her new book, "knowing it would generate buzz."

But Missouri School of Journalism Professor Earnest Perry said Gillibrand has a good reason for not blaming specific senators.

She has been on the forefront of a lot of pretty important legislation. She's got to work with those senators to try to get that legislation passed. To go out and name names now may endanger that legislation

Hope Kirwan left KBIA in September 2015.
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