As we deal with the double standards today in American politics with Democrats and various left-of-center pundits and editorial boards refusing to condemn rhetoric hurled against their adversaries similar to that they rushed to condemn when uttered by a handful of activists on the right, perhaps we should wonder as well at the fascination some of the same pundits and media figures have with birthers, those who question the place of the president’s birth.
Of course, we could quiet the controversy rather quickly if the president just agrees to have the State of Hawai’i release his long-form birth certificate. That would silence all but those who refuse to let the issue go (as I believe they long ago should have, especially when the then-Republican Governor of the Aloha State Linda Lingle confirmed that the actual certificate shows Obama was indeed born in her jurisdiction, one of the fifty sovereign states).
Last Thursday, Doug Powers reminded us that over the previous weekend NBC’s David Gregory asked the Republican House Speaker and apparently other conservatives “about their beliefs concerning President Obama’s birthplace and faith” as if the topic were “an all-out media fad.” Powers includes Jim Treacher‘s quip, “I don’t recall anybody ever asking Nancy Pelosi if it was her job to correct any of the myths and misinformation that were spread about George Bush.”
Ace offers his own unique and (most) insightful take on the matter:
One may feel that these subjects are beyond dispute and therefore it’s fair game to ask public officials to deny or affirm them. But when did the media ever ask Democrats to explicitly deny Trutherism? Or to demand they stop calling Bush a war criminal, as he’s, you know, provably not, the way they continue demanding that Republicans swear Bam-Bam is not a socialist (which is actually is)?
Why do the media never ask Democrats to “differentiate themselves” from the extremists on their side of the political aisle?