Compare:

New York Times on single-father Biden being sworn in as Senator days after losing his wife:
“After taking office, he refused to move to Washington and commuted daily from Wilmington to help bring up his sons … The Washington-to-Wilmington train run has since become a leitmotif of Mr. Biden’s devotion to family. [June 10, 1987]

New York Times on husbanded Sarah Palin running for Vice President:
“Ms. Palin has set off a fierce argument among women about whether there are enough hours in the day for her to take on the vice presidency, and whether she is right to try.” [September 1, 2008]

CNN on a civilian contractor choosing to go to Iraq:
“Too old at 34 to start over as a soldier, becoming a contractor is a way for Masonry to fulfill his sense of duty… Masonry is a father of three, his youngest with Down’s Syndrome.”[April 26, 2004]

CNN on Sarah Palin’s choice to run:
“Children with Down’s syndrome require an awful lot of attention. The role of Vice President, it seems to me, would take up an awful lot of her time, and it raises the issue of how much time will she have to dedicate to her newborn child?” [August 29, 2008]

CBS News on the credibility of the National Enquirer’s John Edwards story:
“Even as some national news organizations tried halfheartedly to confirm the tawdry tale … Only Edwards’s belated confession Friday to ABC’s Bob Woodruff allowed news organizations to jump” [August 11, 2008] (10 months after Enquirer story)

CBS News on the credibility of the National Enquirer’s Sarah Palin story:
“Running a story about McCain’s running mate, Sarah Palin, allegedly having an affair with her husband’s business partner … the story is based entirely on unnamed sources.” [September 3, 2008] (10 hours after Enquirer story)

I’m not one to post on national politics (with the notable exception of my quadrennial presidential debate bingo cards), but I was very much looking forward to a proper vetting of the new candidate. Instead, we are treated to hours of self-referential tautologies (“some in the media are saying…”), statements that become true as soon as these six words are spoken.

Gloria Steinem in making the case for Hillary Clinton asked her readers rhetorically if a woman with Obama’s resume would ever be taken seriously as a candidate, arguing that “there is still no `right’ way to be a woman in public power without being considered a you-know-what.” I actually didn’t know what, until Ms. Steinem let me know describing Palin’s speech as “down-home” and “divisive.”

The most obvious example of this sanctimonious scandle-mongering is Politico’s electron-wasting columnist Roger Simon. His most recent sarcastic screed demands to know why the media is precluded from questioning Palin’s qualifications and beliefs. Three days prior, Mr. Simon demonstrated his noble journalistic inquisition in a piece titled “Sex dominates GOP’s opening day,” opining: “If the campaign could just manage to arrange Bristol’s marriage on stage at the convention, it might generate some much-needed positive buzz and a good photo op.”

Mr Simon, perhaps the main obstacle to your journalistic pursuits is … you.

One Response to “The media’s shrill sanctimony”

  1. It’s funny how Rep. Bart Gordon calls himself a “blue dog” but is basically walking in lock-step with the expansion of government while also wasting taxpayer money on trips to Europe for him and his wife.

    http://tinyurl.com/cwe5wb

    mB

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