On December 1, 2017 reporter Brian Ross fabricated a story, and ABC finally issued a correction (at the end of the article) and suspended the guy, Flynn prepared to testify that Trump directed him to contact Russians about ISIS, confidant says. Looks to me like Ross had lots of help. Wonder why they only suspended him?
What is a harpy?
They were generally depicted as birds with the heads of maidens, faces pale with hunger and long claws on their hands. Roman and Byzantine writers detailed their ugliness. Pottery art depicting the harpies featured beautiful women with wings. Ovid described them as human-vultures. (from here)
Some men and some women behave well, and some don’t. Since Harpies were originally portrayed as vicious, cruel and violent, when we have a very low opinion of a woman, we have a regrettable tendency to refer to her as a “Harpy”.
Hence it is unfortunate that the ladies of “The View” so easily believed Brian Ross’ report and some behaved so joyfully. I suspect their behavior we will cause many to wonder just how vicious, cruel and violent some of them can be.
Is President Donald Trump guilty of conspiring with the Russians to steal the elect the election? If there any evidence of that, no one has found it. However, these “ladies” were quite ready to believe the worst about Trump, and some of them were quite vindictive about it.
Consider Judge Roy Moore. He is even more Conservative and therefore more abhorrent to Liberal Democrats than Trump. How willing are these people to believe the worst about him? How far are some of these people willing to go to destroy him?
What about men? Is there an equivalent word to “Harpy” for men? When a man is vicious, cruel and violent, what vicious, cruel and violent creature do we imagine him to be? Could be wrong, but, curiously, it seems that just being a man is bad enough. Do we expect better of women? Perhaps. Strange sort of prejudice, but almost all us remember mothers who loved us.