Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Washington Times has an interesting double standard

In their latest attempt to justify the attacks on Sarah Palin, the Washington Times has an interesting take:

Huh? The Republican message about the Palin offspring comes across as contradictory: Hey, media, leave those kids alone _ so we can use them as we see fit.


Either the children are out of bounds, and you don't put them in the photo ops, or you don't complain when somebody wants to talk about them. You can't have it both ways," said John Matviko

Wow... Did the Clinton's have a child? I'm not sure... I never saw her. Oh, wait... We did see Chelsea all the frickin' time! And she was certainly off-limits. Amy Carter? Ditto. How about the Obama kids? We see them in celebrity magazines, on stage at the convention, on Access Hollywood and other celebrity television shows, etc. Or have I just imagined that?!?

So, WTF? Why are the Palin children fair game, but these other children have historically not been? And why the blatant double-standard masquerading as a justification?

Oh, right... Republican... Got it...

Campbell Brown's 'us'

So, watching some of the news coverage of the election for the last week, I came across this video featuring Campbell Brown questioning Tucker Bounds regarding Palin's experience leading the Alaska National Guard.  Given the media circus of this week, I actually think this is one of the fairest and most legitimate questions I have seen regarding Palin, though the facial expressions and obvious attitude behind her comments could be a little less pronounced.  Actually, it would be nice to see that kind of scrutiny regarding the issues and experience of all of the candidates, if you know what I mean. 

Well, the news here is that McCain cancelled his Larry King appearance due to this interview.  Again, since this line of questioning is not totally out of line, I'm not sure I agree with this if I am looking at this interview in a vacuum.  But, in talking about the interview, here is a telling quote from Ms. Brown:

"The interview was totally fair," Brown said. "I was trying to get an answer. I was persistent, but I was respectful. That's my job. Experience is a legitimate issue when John McCain raises it about Obama, and it's also legitimate for us to raise it about Palin." [source: WashPo]

Hmm...  So, since McCain raises the topic of experience, it's fair for us to as well.  Wait...  what? Who is 'us?'  Was this a mislabeled quote from one of Obama's spokesmen?

Update (12:26p):  Glad to see that RedState picked up on this as well...