The media double standard is at it again … they only do the news that they want us to read and hear. It isn’t the first time that a story was first covered on the internet and then the MSM was guilted into covering.
The John Edwards “Love Child” … “Baby Daddy” story has once again shown the hypocrisy and the double standard of the main stream media. One might ask themselves, where is the coverage? After all, we are talking about a man in John Edwards that was a VP candidate and had John Kerry won the 2004 election would have been a heart beat away from the highest office in the land. Although John Edwards has denied the allegations, since when has that stopped the MSM from digging? Edwards calls it tabloid trash, yet these days how does one tell the difference from the MSM?
EDWARDS RESPONDS: ‘I don’t talk about these tabloids. Tabloid trash is full of lies.’ Developing… (Drudge Report)
As Slate reminds us, the media fell all over themselves when it came to the Senator Larry Craig story. The press was also all over the Bob Livingston’s affair and sexual indiscretions. They could get enough of the Clarence Thomas sexual harassment accusations by Anita Hill. What about the coverage of McCain and Vicki Iseman by the media? What do all these people have in common? They are either Republican or have conservative leaning ways. However, when it comes to Democrats and John Edwards … the silence on the part of the media is deafening.
Yet, if the press craves consistency, it owes its readers some sort of assessment of Edwards. Is he, like Craig, a public hypocrite? Edwards is still very much a public figure. As Drudge notes today on his site, as recently as June the Associated Press reported that he was a vice presidential short-lister. If Edwards had no affair and fathered no love child, it should be easy to erase the hypocrisy charge, and the press owes him that, pronto. If we give Edwards the benefit of the doubt, which he deserves, visiting the woman who recently gave birth to the out-of-wedlock child of a married campaign aide is completely OK. But meeting her at a Beverly Hills hotel in the early hours of the morning and running from tabloid reporters when approached and hiding in a hotel bathroom for 15 minutes, as the Enquirer reports Edwards did, is not completely OK. Not if he wants to avoid the hypocrite label. (Slate)
- Hot Air: Why won’t big media write about the Edwards story?
- Sister Toldja: Let’s talk about the John Edwards “affair” rumor
- Ed Driscoll: “Get It First, But First Get It Second”