A few months ago, The Malcontent‘s Robbie wrote, “For many on the Left . . ., hypocrisy is quite possibly the greatest crime one can ever possibly commit.” Yet, it seems that on any number of issues, liberals, including their allies in the MSM, are the greatest hypocrites around.
Back in 1991, then-Congressman Barbara Boxer (D-DailyKos) led a group of angry Democratic female representatives in a staged march to the Senate to “demand a delay in the confirmation of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court.” She and her liberal colleagues were upset by allegations that the first President Bush’s second nominee to the Supreme Court had been accused of sexual harassment. And while the allegations against that good man were far less consequential than those leveled against Democrat Bill Clinton a few years later, Mrs. Boxer stood by her fellow Democrat in the 1990s, even thanking him in her victory speech when she won re-election to the U.S. Senate. The woman who raised a ruckus over a Republican accused of boorish behavior (talking about porno movies and pubic hairs on Coke cans) was silent when a Democrat was accused of rape.
And while no one had been able to corroborate the charges against Clarence Thomas, the woman who accused Bill Clinton of rape could substantiate hers. If Barbara Boxer held Democrat Bill Clinton to the same standards to which she had held Republican Clarence Thomas, she would not only have voted to impeach him, but would have also advocated his public flogging and subsequent lifetime incarceration.
We see successors to Barbara Boxer’s hypocrisy today in the American news media. MSM web-sites newspapers, magazines and even networks, ever eager to publish “art work” mocking sacred symbols of the Christian faith — even lambasting those who attempted to deny government funding for such sacrilege — refuse to publish cartoons disdainful of images sacred to Muslims. (My view is that our news media should show respect for all faiths — faulting, in the same tone, those who would dip a crucifix in urine and those who would represent the Prophet Mohammed in a derogatory manner.)
Eugene Volokh (via Instapundit) has collected various Boston Globe editorials to present a striking example of MSM hypocrisy — the same paper which showed sensitivity to Muslim sensitivities in the fuss over the Danish cartoons was disdainful of elected officials who sought to cut off federal funding from institutions showing art works which mocked symbols sacred to Christians.
Why is it, I wonder, that some on the left and in the news media show more sensitivity to representatives of a faith foreign to many Americans than they do to a faith to which the vast majority of Americans adhere? (Michelle Malkin has offered the most comprehensive coverage of this kerfuffle, especially here and here.)
And it’s not just the Danish cartoons where the media has established a double standard. Just look at the coverage of the leak of the NSA program to eavesdrop on the international communications of suspected terrorists and that of the name of a low-level CIA operative.