CNN White House correspondent Michelle Kosinski challenged White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest this afternoon over whether the Obama administration is practicing what it preaches regarding America’s gender pay gap.
“It keeps coming up repeatedly that the metric the White House cites for there being a gap nationwide is also there at the White House,” Kosinski said before Earnest interrupted her.
He pointed out that the statistic the White House cites is women make 77 cents on the dollar compared to their male counterparts, but at the White House, its 88 cents on the dollar. “So,” Earnest said, “the White House is doing appreciably better than the country is more broadly, but we still have a lot of work to do at the White House.”
Kosinski followed up asking if the White House should be using the averages to examine the pay gap. Earnest pointed out that there are many ways to evaluate whether workers are receiving equal pay for equal work. He noted two Obama advisers of different genders but the same position earn identical salaries: Dan Pfeiffer and Valerie Jarrett.
(h/t RNC Research)