April 12, 2012

Hilary Rosen Thinks Moms Don’t Have Real Jobs, But She’s The Corporate Mouthpiece Who Killed Napster

Last night, Hilary Rosen shockingly claimed that Mitt Romney’s wife, Ann Romney, “actually never worked a day in her life,” referring to Romney’s role as a stay-at-home mom. Watch her remarks:

Rosen’s remarks have set off a firestorm in the media. As press outlets rushed to cover the controversy, they frequently referred to her as a “Democratic Strategist” or as an adviser to the Democratic National Committee.

But that’s typical Washington. Rosen is indeed a Democratic Party stalwart.  But her real job — the way she has made money for a long time — has been advocating for the positions of wealthy corporations, sometimes to the detriment of consumers, including those hard-working stay-at-home parents.

As head of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), Rosen engaged in hyper-aggressive lawsuits and other tactics to force the closure of the popular file-sharing service Napster. She also pushed for draconian laws like the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that helped stifle free expression and fair use of files.

Rosen currently works at SDKnickerbocker, a “strategic communications and public relations” firm that fronts for powerful corporations like the controversial Washington Post-owned Kaplan subprime for-profit colleges and food companies looking to weaken the administration’s nutrition goals. In 2010, the Huffington Post severed all ties with Rosen after it was revealed that she was working as a consultant for BP — the oil giant that had just been responsible for a massive and devastating oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Rosen was wrong to attack Romney’s respectable decision to be a mom. But the media should paint a more complete picture of who Rosen is.

  • Ah, the travails of the multi-millionare trophy wife.

    • CatKinNY

      When using cliches, it would behoove you to be sure that you understand their meaning. Ann Romney is a wealthy woman who hasn’t done a day of paid work in her life, which utterly disqualifies her as a spokesperson for the embattled women of America who are struggling to meet family and work obligations and looking at a bleak future for themselves and their children, but she is not a ‘trophy wife’. She and Mitt were high school sweethearts. Trophy wives are, by definition, second, much younger women, more physically attractive than their mates. They’re not very common in political circles, since the traded in first wife will always be available for your opponents, though the Tiffany’s and Greek island cruise loving Calista Gingrich comes close.

  • h

    Ah, the travails of all people raising families getting washed with the same brush as the stereotypical trophy wife.

    • William Longworth

      Yes, because all stay at home moms live the same privileged life as Ann Romney. The jibe was directed at how Ann Romney has never known the travails of the average stay at home mom thanks to her wealth. Feel free to slam Hilary Rosen as a tool of corporate America, but do it based on her history and not some faux outrage over a distortion of her remarks. Of course, if you are convinced she was directing her remarks at all stay at home moms, go ahead and make your case, because I don’t see it.

  • Has Ann Romney ever worked outside the home? In addition to being a Mom? Or before she was a Mom? Enquiring minds want to know…

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  • William Longworth

    Too be perfectly clear, this isn’t about whether Ann Romney has been a good mother, or does or doesn’t sympathize, possibly even empathize, with women less fortunate than she. It’s about whether her wealth distorts her world view, possibly to such a degree that she is simply incapable of fully understanding the tribulations of the millions of women across the U.S. without her deep pockets. Given the fact that she has never been without means at any point in her life, I would suspect that, no, she can’t. Regardless, it is ridiculous to drag Mitt Romney’s wife into a political debate about his viability as a candidate, and yes, I blame him as much as anyone who takes the bait.

  • dw1206

    Stay at home moms have nothing on the moms that have to work one or two jobs AND raise their families!! I think that was Rosen’s point. Being a stay at home mom is a luxury the average mom cannot afford, not to mention that multimillionaire mom’s have nannies and send their kids off to prep schools!

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