Not long after making his crazy statement on rape, Missouri Republican Todd Akin issued a statement saying that he had misspoken; he apologized for the remarks. Democrat Joe Biden has yet to apologize for making a remark that, the editors of the left-leaning Boston Globe conclude, if uttered by Republicans Mitt Romney or Paul Ryan, would have them “pilloried for racial insensitivity“.
Commenting on this double standard, Ed Morrissey writes, it is “easier to survive a gaffe or scandal if one is Democrat“:
Would an exposed plagiarist ever get a chance to be on a Republican national ticket in a presidential election? I think not; the media would be (conveniently) outraged over such history. Or how about this endorsement of China’s brutal one-child policy, a “gaffe” that took place one year ago today?
When it comes to Republican gaffes, our legacy media play them over and over again in an unending loop and attempt to tar the entire party with the faults of one man. With Democrats, the episode is briefly reported and quickly forgotten. How much media coverage did our legacy media give to House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi’s statement that Jews are “being exploited” by the Republican Party? Or Senate Democratic Leader calling citizens seeking redress of their grievances at public fora “evil mongers.”
Yet, yesterday, on his CNN talk show, Piers Morgan, in between tossing softballs to Congressman Jan Schakowsky suggests that because the Illinois Democrat equated Ryan with Akin, this story has “become Romney’s worse nightmare. It’s gone right back to the social conservative issues he was so desperate to move off on.”
Gone right back to the social issues, Piers? Or has the legacy media pushed the debate in that direction? If folks like you weren’t dragging the story out, there would be no such Romney “nightmare.”
ADDENDUM: Do wonder if the president decided to do a “spontaneous” press conference yesterday giving all the heat his friends in the legacy media were giving to the Akin story at the time. “Despite the fact that Election Day is just 77 days away,” reports Conn Carroll at the Washington Examiner
. . . the first question Obama was asked was about Akin. “Rape is rape,” Obama responded. Later, when asked to defend his campaign’s accusations that Romney is a felon, Obama said, “Nobody accused Mr. Romney of being a felon.” That is a flat out lie. His deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter first accused Romney of being a felon on a July 12th media conference call and then given an opportunity to retract her claim on CNN on July 16th she repeated the accusation.
But nobody in the White House press corps followed up. They were all too busy covering Todd Akin.
And we can also speculate whether the White House had an arrangement with AP White House correspondent Jim Kuhnhenn who asked that first question. . . .
UPDATE: Helping keep the story (and and the Democratic spin) alive, Piers Morgan had the chair of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, on his show tonight to talk about l’affaire Akin and said partisan determined that Republican criticisms of the Missourian were “hollow.” How nice of Mr. Morgan to have the head of the DNC on to tell us what Republicans really believe.