Featured on Yahoo! last night was a piece by Yahoo! News national affairs writer Brett Michael Dykes:
As the House gears up for this weekend’s dramatic vote on health reform legislation, Democrats are taking flak from all sides. In southern Ohio, opponents of the bill have created a blowback effect by airing an ad targeting Rep. Steve Driehaus to stand firm as a “no” vote on the legislation. The ad prominently featured the congressman’s young daughters, in violation of the unwritten law that forbids dragging lawmakers’ family members – most especially their underage children – into the fray.
Wonder if Dykes showed any outrage about John Kerry and John Edwards’ injection of then-Vice President Cheney’s daughter into the 2004 campaign and David Letterman’s sexual commentary Sarah Palin’s underage daughter. Did Yahoo! then discuss this unwritten rule?
Not to mention the media going overboard on Mrs. Palin’s children. A Brett Michael Dykes did, however, wade into Andrew Sullivan’s favorite topic, you know, allegations about the former Alaska Governor’s youngest child.
I agree that that an ad featuring a Congressman’s children, Democrat or Republican, is outrageous, but the group which attacked Driehaus has already apologized to the Congressman. Why, then, did Yahoo! feature it on its main page? (And, as I post this, continues to feature it.)
Would it have done the same if a left-wing group supporting Obamacare had used the children of an Obamacre opponent in an ad attacking him?