In yesterday’s WSJ.com’s Political Diary (available by subscription), Dorothy Rabinowitz forecast that the “saga of the painted-over rock on the Perry family hunting grounds will roll on a few more days before it’s displaced by some other invented scandal”. Yeah, our media do seem more transfixed with such invented scandals (provided they involve a prominent a Republican) than they are with real scandals involving the incumbent Democratic President of the United States.
Indeed, it seems that Mr. Perry has already been subject to more scrutiny over his recreational activities than Barack Obama received about his voting record (or absence* thereof), his political associates (and associations) and his theological choices. Indeed, save for the conservative blogs, Jake Tapper’s inquiries and a journalist or two at CBS News, the mainstream media seem unusually indifferent to a variety of scandals swirling inside the incumbent administration.
- The collapse of Solyndra and the guaranteeing of loans to energy companies enjoying “cozy relationships” with leading Democrats. No wonder the administration is trying to distract us, suggesting Republican opposition to solar subsidies is based on “defeatism.”
- Gunrunner or Operation Fast and Furious, where the White House deems it “reasonable” for media to ignore a story about our government authorizing and facilitating the sale of guns to murderous Mexican drug cartels. And where the Attorney General appears to be, um, well, misrepresenting his knowledge of the program.
- The raid on Gibson Guitar. (We could almost call this the converse of Solyndra, holding companies whose executes donate to Republican candidates to a higher standard. With Solyndra et al., the Democratic administration doles out federal benefits out to their friends. Here, they use the full power of the federal government against those not deemed friendly enough.)
- Politicized hiring in the Justice Department’s “career civil service ranks” where the president’s political appointees are trying to ensure that new (supposedly non-political) hires share the administration’s ideological outlook.
Wonder if beyond Jake Tapper and Sharryl Attkisson at CBSNews, anyone in the mainstream media will give these stories the treatment the Washington Post accorded a hunting camp with an offensive name in Texas or the Bush Administration exercising its constitutional authority in firing a handful of U.S. Attorneys.
*Or, should I say “presence” thereof.