Today’s Media: A Consistently Hypocritical Pattern of Treatment

I was listening to an FM disk jockey recently (I do occasionally switch the radio from the political news and commentary on the AM dial). This DJ was expressing his shock and outrage at the behavior of Republican Senator Larry Craig who has been in the news recently over an incident of soliciting sex in a men’s bathroom in Minneapolis. I wondered if that DJ expressed the same shock and outrage in 1998 when the President of the United States was having sex with an intern in the Oval Office.

This got me thinking about how differently the main-stream media treats Republican versus Democrat sex scandals. And it seems to me there is a pattern, illustrated below:

News Media’s Reaction to Political Sex Scandals
Behavior Sanctions it? Does it? Consistent?
Republican No Yes No, therefore hypocrite and excoriated
Democrat Yes Yes Yes. Not hypocrite, therefore ignored or justified

News Media’s Reaction to Political Sex Scandals: Example 1
Behavior: Sexual immorality Sanctions it? Does it? Consistent?
Republican Senator Larry Craig solicits sex in a men’s bathroom No Yes No, therefore hypocrite and excoriated in the media. And forced to resign by his own party.
Democrat Barney Frank has a male-prostitution ring operating in his house Yes Yes Yes. Not hypocrite, therefore largely ignored by the media. And still in office.1

News Media’s Reaction to Political Sex Scandals: Example 2
Behavior: Sexual immorality Sanctions it? Does it? Consistent?
Republican Mark Foley’s inappropriate instant messaging of male pages No Yes No, therefore hypocrite and excoriated in the media. And forced to resign by his own party.
Democrat Garry Studds actually has sex with a 17-year-old page Yes Yes Yes. Not hypocrite. Celebrated by his own party and re-elected.2

Of course, this pattern of media treatment seems to be only limited to traditional/Christian moral principles. The media’s pattern of reaction flips completely with regard to Progressive/Politically Correct principles of morality.

News Media’s Reaction to Politically Correct Principles
Behavior Sanctions it? Does it? Consistent?
Republican No No Yes, but excoriated for their unbelief
Democrat Yes No No, but praised for raising awareness

News Media’s Reaction to Politically Correct Principles: Example 1
Behavior: Reduce Carbon Footprint Sanctions it? Does it? Consistent?
Republicans, many of whom do not subscribe to the theory of man-made global warming No No Yes, but excoriated for their unbelief and called ‘global warming deniers.’3
Democrat Al Gore’s home uses 20 times the electricity of the average household Yes No No, but praised and awarded for raising awareness.4

I find it very interesting that when Republicans live inconsistent with the values they promote, they are excoriated in the media. But when Democrats live inconsistent with the values they promote, they are praised for at least trying. Of course this consistently hypocritical treatment of Republicans and Democrats in the media can be explained when you consider that over 80% of journalists vote Democrat.5 In their eyes, Democrats can do no wrong and Republicans can do no right.

1. http://newsbusters.org/node/8119
2. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1713746/posts
3. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/06/01/AR2006060100632.html
4. http://www.businessweek.com/innovate/NussbaumOnDesign/archives/2007/02/gores_carbon_fo.html
5. http://www.mediaresearch.org/biasbasics/biasbasics3.asp

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