Gail Shister
TVNewser Columnist

sherr_6.10.jpgSarah Palin may say she’s a feminist, but ABC veteran Lynn Sherr, a feminist since John McCain‘s moose-hunting running mate was in kindergarten, is dubious.

“As someone who spent years breaking down doors for women, I think a piece of feminism has to do with looking out for other women,” says Sherr, 66. “What, exactly, has she done legislatively for other women? What paths has she forged?

“She’s the person for whom all this was done; the beneficiary of all the good works of the women’s movement. Yet she seems to have turned it on its head. She doesn’t seem to care about bringing along other women with her.”

Sherr left ABC recently as a full-timer after 31 years at the network, 22 of them with “20/20.” She’ll do special projects for the show and will continue to have an office.

Among her many outside ventures is hosting a live SIRIUS special at 6 tonight on — you peaked! — “The New Feminism.”

Naturally, Sherr scoffs at the notion of a “new” feminism. “What’s wrong with the old feminism?”

Palin’s well-rehearsed spontaneous winks during last week’s vice presidential debate, for example, didn’t score any points with Sherr. “I’m just as offended by a man doing it. It feels contrived. I just want someone to be a straight shooter with me.”

Sherr is the Annie Oakley of network correspondents. She left ABC “because the business has changed. The show has changed. I’ve changed. The decision was completely mutual.”

In the old days, ’20/20′ “was a small family of correspondents. People knew who we were,” she says. “We were able to do long, wonderful, rambling emotional pieces.”

Now, it’s all about speed, speed and more speed. Attention spans are measured in nanoseconds.

Read more