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November 14, 2008

Two Democratic Senatorial Aides Nabbed for Child Porn; Media Predictably Uninterested in "Trend"

Personally I don't think it's a trend, or indicative of Democratic sexual habits, either. Some people are wired wrong, and it really doesn't matter what philosophy such people embrace -- if they get off on child porn, they're going to get off on child porn.

But I do happen to know for a fact that had these been Republicans, the media would be greatly interested in the "trend."

When the media bothers to explain such obvious bias at all, they always claim that there is an objective reason to publicize Republican sexual scandals and downplay Democratic ones -- "hypocrisy," of course. Those Puritanical scolds the Republicans are always nattering on about sexual morality, so of course the media gives such stories more play.

This "hypocrisy" excuse doesn't work in most cases, and it certainly doesn't work here. For these Democrats to be free of the taint of hypocrisy, it would have to be true that the Democratic Party's ideology was latitudinarian on child porn-- which, to my understanding, it is not.

Is the media claiming the Democratic Party isn't as opposed to child porn as Republicans? If so, let us have a report on that -- I'm sure the public would love to know that one party isn't quite on board with this whole anti-child-porn program.

But of course that's not really the case. The Democratic Party is fairly united against child porn.

So why does the hypocrisy rationale not demand these Democrats be pilloried not just for their disgusting crimes, but for their political hypocrisy to boot?

I see this all the time -- Well, of course we in the media publicize Republican extramarital affairs because Republicans are against such affairs and are therefore hypocrites.

Again, point me to any Democrat claiming it's the party's position to be in favor of marital infidelity, or at that it's no big deal, and I'll concede the "hypocrisy" argument.

But as far as I know the Democrats are down on extramarital affairs, too.

So, either both parties are "hypocrites" on this score, or else I want the media to inform me that the Democratic Party takes a chill attitude towards sexual infidelity.


The media can't have it both ways -- they cannot insist that Democrats are just as moral and concerned about values when it's convenient (usually at election time) and then suddenly claim that only Republican sexual scandals are fit for reportage because only Republicans believe in such things as shutting down child porn and remaining faithful in marriage.

To try to claim otherwise would be... hypocritical, no?

Similar Hypocrisy: Hot Air wants to know what the media's reaction would have been to the popularization of Fascist idolatory of George Bush.

Probably not quite the same sort of loving tribute they give to Obama's tryptych maker.

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