White House deputy press secretary Sarah Sanders faced a series of sexist comments from the national media this week, and no one said a word. But President Trump sends out one tweet regarding Mika Brzezinski's cosmetic surgery — she said she had her chin "tweaked" — and it's 1920 again.
On Thursday, after months of what has become the daily three hours of hate on MSNBC, Trump struck back at Brzezinski and her "Morning Joe" co-host Joe Scarborough in a pair of tweets.
Despite Trump's well-established pattern of mocking his critics on their looks — he said of George Will in 2016, "Take away the glasses, he looks like a dumb guy" — his tweet about Brzezinski's nip-tuck set the media off on their second favorite topic (the first one is race).
Both ABC and CNN scrambled to put together lists of "Trump's long history" of "attacking" and "disparaging" women.
MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell ran a segment on Trump and "the women he hates."
And compare the controversy to the dead silence over how the media talked to and about Sarah Huckabee Sanders this week for doing her job to defend the president.
On Friday, "Morning Joe" regular Donnie Deutsch reduced Sanders' role in the administration to her gender.
"I keep coming back to the women," he said, "and Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who I'm sure is a very, very decent human being — I don't know her — but how as a woman do you defend [him]?"
(This is opposed to Deutsch, who, as a man, once openly mused about Trump getting an erection.)
At the White House press briefing Thursday, NBC correspondent Hallie Jackson wanted to know how Sanders' motherhood factored into her White House responsibilities.
Asking about Trump's tweet, Jackson said to Sanders, "Are you going to tell your kids this behavior is okay?"
Sanders' boss Sean Spicer, who has two children, is never asked by reporters to examine his job through the scope of how his children might react.
And for all the screaming Spicer endures when he conducts the press briefings, no reporter has spoken to him the way the media's new hero Brian Karem did this week to Sanders.
At Tuesday's briefing, Sanders criticized a retracted CNN report and said people "deserve better from our news media."
As she moved on to another question, Karem, a White House correspondent for Playboy, interrupted and went into an emotional tirade, accusing Sanders of "inflaming everybody right here, right now with those words."
And as if Sanders were confused about why she were standing in front of a room of reporters, Karem huffed, "And everybody in this room is only trying to do their job."
Flailing his arms around, Karem man-splained to Sanders that, "We're here to ask you questions, you're here to provide the answers." When has a reporter ever shouted at Spicer and explained the nature of his job to him?
Tweet about Brzezinski's cosmetic surgery and the press turns her into Susan B. Anthony.
But the media treat Sanders like a milkmaid and, well, that's just another day at the office.
Eddie Scarry is a media reporter for the Washington Examiner.