“One of the easiest things in the world to do“, blogger R.S. McCain wrote earlier today, “is to tell other people how to raise their children.” Indeed, some liberal pundits find it easier to attack the children of prominent conservatives than to address the arguments of said pundits and politicians.
Remember, back in 1992 when the media went apoplectic after Rush Limbaugh made fun of the then-president-elect’s daughter on his TV show? It was perhaps the last time the conservative talker’s media critics were right about him (though many would provide inaccurate accounts of the incident). And Rush apologized and never again mocked Chelsea Clinton.
Now, we’ve got angry left-wingers harassing Glenn Beck when he took his family to an outdoor screening of a Hitchcock movie. Even the Huffington Post picked it up, but note how they report it, “Glenn Beck Says Family Harassed In Bryant Park: ‘It Was A Hostile Situation’” Emphasis added.
By headlining it as “Glenn Beck Says,” the HuffPo editors suggest that Beck may have been throwing out empty accusations. You know, how they are, those deranged conspiracy mongers.
Given the different treatment the media accord to the children of conservative politicians, it is no wonder former Clinton aide George Stephanopoulos (now working at ABC) asked Michelle Bachmann if her children are “prepared and are you prepared for the loss of privacy that comes with the president campaign“. Wonder if he asked Barack Obama a similar question in the run-up to the 2008 presidential campaign.
Probably didn’t because he knew the media protect the privacy of Democrats’ children while using the adolescent foibles of Republicans’ kids as indications of the various conservatives’ unfitness for federal office.
ADDENDUM: Do wonder if any of the civility police in the MSM, you know those folks eager to fault conservatives for the attack on U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, will condemn those who harassed Glenn Beck. And call for greater civility among liberal critics of conservatives.
NB: Changed the title because the original did not reference one of the subjects of the post. Glenn Beck is not a politician.
UPDATE: Yahoo! did pick up on this, even including the story among its news headlines, but get a load of the title, Glenn Beck and family encounter hostility in NYC. Encounter hostility? Huh? Like, um, they’re walking down the street and face some nasty pedestrians or see a street fight. Um, they were attacked. So, if you’re going to make Beck and his family the subject of the headline, shouldn’t it be in the passive voice to indicate that others were doing the attacking? That Beck et al. did not seek it out, but that the harassers initiated an unprovoked attack on the talk show host.
(The generally conservative Daily Caller used the same headline.)