In my post Monday on the Vice President and his family’s privacy, I asked him a variety of questions, including, “When, in the 2008 presidential campaign, the media made much of the indiscretions of the daughter of your rival for the second highest office in the land, did you tell them to cool it?“Â Should he answer â€œYes,â€ to that or any of the questions I posed, I held he would “have grounds to criticize anyone who would publicize your daughter’s private life.”
Turns out that during the campaign, in reference to the media’s obsession with the daughter of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, his then-rival for the Vice-Presidency, candidate Biden said that â€œchildren are off limits.â€Â (Thanks to reader Jenny for tracking that down.)
He thus has every grounds to ask the media to lay off his daughter and not publicize her private indiscretions.Â The story should die.
But, given his partisan affiliation, the story doesn’t have much legs and won’t make–as well it shouldn’t–the mainstream media.Â In this case at least, conservative media should follow their lead.
There is, however, still a story here, not really a new story, but a retelling of one we’ve been hearing over and over again, that of media double standards.Â Joe Biden is right, a politician’s children should be off limits.
The MSM ignored his rule when it comes to the private lives of children of Republican politicians.
And Biden’s fellow Democrat Barney Frank explicitly endorsed their snooping into the private life of Palin’s daughter.Â That unhappy Democrat is once again exposed as a hypocrite, favoring only investigations into people’s private lives (and other matters) when such investigations can be used to hurt Republicans.
Recalling the media fascination with the stories of the Bush and Palin daughters,Â John Hinderaker reminds us that they
. . . were major news stories. Does anyone seriously believe that if there had been a video of Barbara or Jenna Bush snorting cocaine during their father’s administration, the press would have refused to write about it?
It’s nice that our newspapers have decided to respect the privacy of people like a Vice President’s children. It would be even nicer if they extended the same courtesy to members of both parties.
With the media extending a courtesy to a Democrat that it regularly denies to Republicans, we have yet just another piece of evidence proving our point about media bias.