A Piers Morgan Tonight panel has
brushed aside tea party favorite Christine O'Donnell's sexism charges
against Piers Morgan.
walked off the CNN interview show soon after Morgan asked her
questions about gay marriage and whether she shared Minnesota Rep.
Michele Bachmann's opinion that “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” repeal
should be undone.
But O'Donnell has said she wasn't
ruffled by those questions but instead it was a previous question on
masturbation that turned the interview sour for her. She called
Morgan sexist and accused him of “borderline sexual harassment.”
During the interview, Morgan played a
clip of a younger O'Donnell saying “masturbation is wrong. He then
asked the former Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate from Delaware
whether she still felt the same way.
“If he was sitting there talking to
Barack Obama or Joe Biden or any other male Senate candidates,
talking about masturbation and all of this stuff, it would've been
creepy,” O'Donnell said.
Morgan's panel of civil rights attorney
Gloria Allred, Change the Ratio founder Rachel Sklar and Time's
James Poniewozik found
their host “not guilty” on Friday.
“Piers in this instance you are
definitely not guilty,” Sklar said. “I thought your questions
were appropriate and certainly germane. And I still can't understand
why Christine O'Donnell chose that particular moment to walk out but
in this case no, you're doing okay.”
Allred called O'Donnell's claims
“nonsense,” adding that they trivialized the real harm sexual
harassment victims face.