Fox Business News Anchors Bash Kelly Cutrone and Working Mothers

By: Robert Kessler / June 6, 2013

In the grand pantheon of shady things Fox News anchors have done/said condemning working mothers is hardly surprising unfortunately. However, it is still wrong.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant made waves Tuesday when he answered a question about the subpar reading abilities of American youth, blaming working mothers for slipping achievement.

I’m gonna get in trouble if I … you want me to tell the truth? I think parents became, both parents started working, and the mom is in the workplace. It’s not a bad thing. I’m gonna get in trouble, I can just see, I can just see the emails tomorrow. But now both parents are working, they’re pursuing their careers.

His implication is clear, mothers are focused on their careers and not their children. It’s completely out of the question that, perhaps, women are able to focus on more than one thing in their life. It is also never mentioned that fathers, too, could read with their children once in a while.

For a discussion on Gov. Bryant’s comments, Fox Business News anchors Stuart Varney and Charles Payne invited Kelly Cutrone — of The Hills and Kell on Earth fame — onto their program. Cutrone is the CEO of the company she founded and a single mother as well. I spoke with Cutrone on the phone this afternoon and she told me she expected the show to be a discussion about their difference of opinion, though it quickly turned into an attack.

“I was invited on the show and thought Stuart Varney would take the Varney route and I would take the Cutrone route and it would be a good discussion,” Cutrone said.

Varney and Payne quickly laid into Cutrone, making it clear they weren’t so much interested in what she had to say as they were having someone besides the camera lens to yell at. The most telling part is when Payne asks Cutrone “Do you have a man? Are you married? Why not? What happened?” as if to accuse her of something horrible.

“I was pretty shocked by the whole thing to be honest with you,” Cutrone told me. “I was pretty shaken up by it. I’m not crying about it. I’m fine. I just don’t think it was a very good interview. It was like a Saturday Night Live sketch.”

I reached out to Fox Business News for comment as well, though they have not responded.