CNN's John King: WH Equal Pay Rhetoric A "Textbook Case" Of "Do As I Say, Not As I Do"


JOHN KING, HOST, CNN'S "INSIDE POLITICS": He had a big win in the Senate yesterday. We'll talk about that in a second as we go inside politics. Good morning to you in New York. Good morning to you watching at home. With me to share their reporting and insights this morning, Margaret Talev of the "Bloomberg News" and Manu Raju of "Politico."

Let's start with the White House. The president today will sign a couple executive orders to advance the cause of equal pay for women. Let's call this a textbook case, Margaret, of do as I say, not as I do. As White House says women should be treated equally, Jay Carney, the press secretary, was asked yesterday about this statistic. Women at the House get 88 cents on the dollar compared to men, Jay Carney says, well, we're making progress.


JAY CARNEY, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: We are, as an institution here, progressed, addressed this challenge, and obviously though at the 88 cents that you cite, that is not 100, but it is better than the national average.


KING: It's better than the national average. I guess the coach would say, is that the best you got? MARGARET TALEV, "BLOOMBERG NEWS": Kind of the best they had. I mean, Jay Carney's issue with the way these issues are aggregated is fine except for the problem is it's the same way the national numbers are aggregated. He's saying it is apples and oranges, the statistics are more complicated than you show. Take the average and that includes women with lower paid jobs on the bottom.

And, you know, if you compare deputy chief of staff to deputy chief of staff they make the same money. Critics of this sort of 77 cents number say the same thing, which is it is more comp my indicated than it seems. Somebody in the White House.

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