Do Only Republicans Misbehave?

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    Media Act As Though Only Republicans Misbehave - Investors.com

    Journalism: What's the difference between Republican and Democratic political operatives who end up on the wrong side of the law? In the "unbiased" press, only the Republicans' party ID and connections merit attention.

    In a blog post on Publius' Forum this week, Warner Todd Huston noted the glaring difference in how the media treated the recent arrests of Zachary Edwards and Tim Russell.

    Edwards, an Iowa Democrat, was charged last week with trying to commit identity theft against Matt Schultz, Iowa's Republican secretary of state, in order to pin unethical or illegal activity on him.

    Russell, a Wisconsin Republican, was accused of stealing money intended for relatives of veterans killed in action.

    Both are terrible deeds, to be sure. But as Huston notes, only Russell's party affiliation and connections got played up by news reports. Russell, you see, was an aide to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, much-hated by liberals.

    The New York Times made this connection clear in its headline, as did Reuters and just about every other story about the arrest.

    But when it came to the Edwards arrest in Iowa, press accounts went out of their way to avoid even mentioning that he was a Democrat. The AP dispatch, for example, simply called him "a Des Moines man." A local TV news report also ignored Edwards' Democratic connections.

    Edwards wasn't just any Democrat, but was the director of New Media operations at Link Strategies, a Democratic consulting firm. He also headed Obama's "New Media" operations in five states during the primaries and in Iowa during the 2008 general election.

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    Funny... never heard of either one of them until just now.
     
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    It's the hypocrisy. Hypocrisy sells papers, as everyone on some level loves to see folks who think they're "holier than thou" get taken down a notch.

    That's why a Democrat can have an affair(s) and fall around drunk like a Kennedy. Democrats don't bother to try to pretend they're better than that. However, when a family values guy like David Vitter ends up involved in a call girl scandal, it's still an issue years later. It's why we all love to pieces the irony of the fact that most of Clinton's accusers turned out to be womanizers themselves.

    As long as the GOP takes the high road in public and the low road in private, it'll be this way.
     
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    Really? tell that to Edwards and Weiner(1st Bold)

    Family Values? If the dude really believed in family values, he wouldn't be boinking call girls.
     
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    You have to ask yourself WHY it's still an issue years later.

    1) Vitter's still in office.

    2) The GOP establishment still supports him.

    3) It's the hypocrisy, baby.

    I have often said I don't give two shits about morals as long as their not criminals. But I do care about hypocrisy.

    If Bush II would have been half as good as POTUS that Clinton was I would have ordered up a DOZEN BLOWJOBS for Bush. (But the way I hear it Bush had no dick. He certainly had no balls.) :eusa_shhh:
     
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    To the OP's question..................No.
     
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    So you're saying when people we expect to be morally corrupt do morally corrupt and shameful things it's not newsworthy?

    But when people we expect to be moral and upstanding citizens turn out not to be and do morrally corrupt and shameful things it is newsworthy?

    Yeah, I can live with that.:cool:
     
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    Edwards was just above and beyond. And he was a candidate for President, and to be honest, we expect those guys to be saints. When they're not, it's news, even when everyone knows they're not.

    Weiner was a big deal because he blew it using Twitter, and we love "stupid technology blunders" stories. If Weiner had been sleeping around, he'd probably still be in office.

    The Press often does report on when Democrats screw up. It just isn't such big news because we LOVE to see hypocrits get theirs.
     
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