Sunrise presenter Edwina Bartholomew has defended colleague Samantha Armytage against accusations she is a "brainless bimbo".
Sex and the Sunrise
Kristin Davis reprises her famous Sex and the City role as Charlotte on Sunrise. Vision: Channel Seven.
The comments came in a scathing editorial from ABC journalist Virginia Haussegger, who took umbrage with Sunrise's "woefully empty interview" with Sex and the City actress Kristin Davis last week.
In Australia to promote her humanitarian work with the UNHCR, Davis vented her frustration on Twitter after the painful segment in which the actress was forced to recreate a scene from Sex and the City.
Armytage had been due to host a $200-per head fundraiser lunch in Sydney with Davis the following day, but was replaced by Australia for UNHCR director Naomi Steer and was uninvited from the event.
In a tweet on Monday morning, Bartholomew accused Haussegger of going against the sisterhood by attacking Armytage.
"The sisterhood in action @virginia_hauss. You might be surprised to know even 'mindless bimbos' can be feminists," she wrote.
The comment was in response to a tweet from Haussegger, who said she wished she'd never had to write the column.
"I take no joy in calling any woman a mindless bimbo," the 51-year-old wrote.
The senior journalist, who also interviewed Davis last week, accused Armytage of being part of "Sunrise's bimbo brigade" and of disregarding feminism.
"Their nonsense nattering does a major disservice to feminism. If Armytage and Co. don't give a hoot about feminism – fine. But perhaps they should think about women like themselves – glamorous, privileged women who are in positions of power and influence – and how hard others have fought for such women to be taken seriously."
The public response to the piece have been mixed. While Kristin Davis thanked Haussegger for her piece, others accused her of "media bashing" the presenters who were at the mercy of their producers.
Armytage herself has not made any public comments in the wake of the scandal.