[Guest post by DRJ]
Democratic pundit Kirsten Powers’ article in the New York Post looks at the media double-standard when it comes to Joe Biden and Sarah Palin, beginning with Biden’s claim that Obama’s election could cause an international incident:
“The outakes of [Biden’s] Sunday remarks don’t begin to capture the magnitude of what he said. After warning the crowd that there would be some sort of international incident – Biden could think of four or five scenarios – he told the donors: “We’re gonna need you to use your influence, your influence within the community, to stand with him. Because it’s not gonna be apparent initially, it’s not gonna be apparent that we’re right.”
What does that mean? Obama’s election would provoke an international incident because of his inexperience and even Obama’s biggest supporters won’t be reassured by his response?”
As if that weren’t enough, Biden also raised concerns about Obama’s ability to deal with economic issues:
“Then there were Biden’s predictions on the economy: “I promise you, you all are gonna be sitting here a year from now going, ‘Oh my God, why are they there in the polls? . . . Why is this thing so tough? . . . I’m asking you now, be prepared to stick with us. Remember the faith you had at this point, because you’re going to have to reinforce us.
“There are gonna be a lot of you who want to go, ‘Whoa, wait a minute, yo, whoa, whoa, I don’t know about that decision.’ ”
Biden is teling [sic] us that, at a time when Americans need to feel confidence in their government, they will be going “Oh my God.” Not a great message.
Needless to say, if Sarah Palin said this about a McCain administration, the media world would be exploding.”
Powers sees this as media bias where Republicans are always dumb and Democrats are always given the benefit of the doubt. It reminds me of modern TV sitcoms, with Republicans cast as the dumb dads and Democrats as the brilliant or perfect moms.
Too bad there aren’t more Democrats in the media who can be as thoughtful as Powers was in this article.