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Legacy Media’s Todd Akin obsession:
one more way to amplify Democratic talking points

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.

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  1. Might as well give up my cable premium drama channels. Tis gonna be a big show of Double Standards right up to close of voting.

    Comment by rusty — August 21, 2012 @ 7:04 pm - August 21, 2012

  2. http://www.newsday.com/opinion/oped/parker-todd-akin-s-words-about-rape-aren-t-the-problem-1.3918630

    Comment by rusty — August 21, 2012 @ 7:36 pm - August 21, 2012

  3. Gone right back to the social issues, Piers? Or has the legacy media pushed the debate in that direction?

    I’ve said before, will say again… If 51% of Americans want to be distracted (or lied to) by the Democrats and related media, they will be. And if not, then not.

    I suspect not. I suspect that, as shown in 2010, the past four years have shifted the electorate several points toward the Tea Party direction (I won’t say ‘rightward’). And that liberals have not caught up with that; their media pull their usual tricks to deny it and try to create belief in a liberal “bandwagon”, while their pollsters continually over-sample Democrats. But, whatever. We’ll find out in November. I might be wrong. It will actually be better for some of my investment, if I am wrong.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — August 21, 2012 @ 7:46 pm - August 21, 2012

  4. The media is in Obama’s pocket. And when Obama has earned some raking across the coals, the media generally goes very light on him.

    The double standard has been around for decades, but with Obama in the white house it seems worse-at least when it comes to Obama/Biden gaffes.

    Comment by Just Me — August 21, 2012 @ 7:49 pm - August 21, 2012

  5. It’s the Carl Rove inside the beltway establishment spineless republicans that have done their best to help democrats destroy Palin and in doing so helped democrats elect Akin instead of the Palin endorsed candidate. The people of that state are so fed up with the incumbent that Akin may be elected in spite of everything that has taken place.

    Comment by Richard Bell — August 21, 2012 @ 8:14 pm - August 21, 2012

  6. Considering Sarah Palin endorsed Akin’s opponent, I never want to hear one more word about how she’s stupid.

    Comment by V the K — August 21, 2012 @ 8:18 pm - August 21, 2012

  7. I saw video of Akin’s making the comment and I was not offended. Nothing in Akin’s tone was rude or demeaning. I heard the same thing 20-30 years ago – which doesn’t mean it true, but doesn’t mean its not. This is just professional offendies making political hay, like they did with Lawrence Summers at Harvard a few years back. I wish people would just grow-up and stop with the hissyfits.

    Comment by Diane — August 21, 2012 @ 8:44 pm - August 21, 2012

  8. Gaffe? calling someone an a****ole or saying this is f’ing great into an open microphone is gaffe. Akin made a cruel and horrific statement. there’s a big difference and it has nothing to do with the “legacy media”

    Comment by Kevin — August 21, 2012 @ 9:25 pm - August 21, 2012

  9. Sometimes, Kevin, I wonder if you even read the posts to which you attach your comments. The point here is not Mr. Akin’s remarks which I’ve called “crazy” and “stupid”, but that when a Republican says something crazy, the legacy media report that in an endless loop whereas if a Democrat says something silly or mean-spirited the media just ignore it.

    If Democrats held Joe Biden to the standard Republicans hold Todd Akin, they’d be demanding that Obama remove him from the ticket. And the media would do show after show after show on why Democrats keep playing the “race card.”

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — August 21, 2012 @ 9:46 pm - August 21, 2012

  10. Just briefly wanted to address the “felon” point trying to be made. Cutter did not call him a felon. She clearly stated he’s EITHER a felon OR he’s lying to the American people. They can take the quote out of context all they want, but in no way did she “call Romney a felon”. Actual quote below.

    Cutter said: “Romney was either misrepresenting his position at Bain to the Securities and Exchange Commission, “which is a felony,” or misrepresenting to the American people.”

    Comment by aj — August 21, 2012 @ 10:13 pm - August 21, 2012

  11. And aj lamely repeats the Obama campaign’s spin; which is actually pretty childish. “Those weren’t my *exact* words” is the kind of thing an eight-year-old would say.

    Comment by V the K — August 21, 2012 @ 10:15 pm - August 21, 2012

  12. Akin made a cruel and horrific statement.

    How was it cruel or horrific?

    Comment by Rattlesnake — August 21, 2012 @ 10:17 pm - August 21, 2012

  13. Call it childish, disingenuous, whatever you want, it’s all of those things. But despite what she childishly implied, she did not explicitly call Romney a felon and to say she did is a lie.

    Comment by aj — August 21, 2012 @ 10:41 pm - August 21, 2012

  14. The Obama Campaign: “We’re not liars, we’re passive-aggressive juvenile d-bags.”

    Comment by V the K — August 21, 2012 @ 10:47 pm - August 21, 2012

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  20. What Todd Akin said might sound ignorant, insensitive, and wrong, but abortion is not on the ballot. I find it increasingly strange that we are still divided over the abortion issue that was settled by the Supreme Court a long time ago. This is an wedge issue that was never taken off the ballot. Perhaps the issue needs to be taken away from the Supreme Court and finally put to the vote by the people at the State level.

    Since Todd Akin has not resigned from the campaign, let’s move on. He needs to make his case for winning. For myself, if I can vote for Todd, I definitely will. Abortion is not on the ballot.

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  23. @20 –
    In a way though, abortion is on the ballot. The Republican draft platform calls for a constitutional amendment outlawing abortion with no explicit exceptions for cases of rape or incest. It also supports a human life amendment that grants personhood to fetuses. That certainly doesn’t give it back to the states to decide and does make it a valid issue to discuss in terms of ballots.

    Comment by Alan — August 22, 2012 @ 2:27 pm - August 22, 2012

  24. Call it childish, disingenuous, whatever you want, it’s all of those things. But despite what she childishly implied, she did not explicitly call Romney a felon and to say she did is a lie.

    Comment by aj — August 21, 2012 @ 10:41 pm – August 21, 2012

    In short, don’t hold Obama and his mouthpieces to the same standard we demand of Romney, in which EVERYTHING is a “lie” and Romney is a “liar” unless he proves he isn’t.

    And that’s what everyone has noticed, aj. You and your fellow Obama bigots don’t pay taxes while you demand everyone else does. You and your fellow Obama bigots scream about the “war on women” while calling conservative women c*nts and wh*res and calling for them to be raped. You complain about “hate groups” even as you’re giving them your full endorsement.

    You have no morality or principles. None. You and your Obama, Obama Party, and LGBT community will say and do anything to take advantage of people, steal from them, and cement your own power.

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  27. A Southern cracker. He’s guilty of stupidity and embracing the freedom to express it, no more and no less. Oh, and meeting the liberal standard of proof there’s a war on women. I wonder if he has $90K in his freezer.

    Comment by Ignatius — August 22, 2012 @ 7:39 pm - August 22, 2012

  28. You don’t even want to know the latest delusional nonsense Andrew Sullivan is writing about this incident. I refuse to read him or click over to his site, but I saw it quoted elsewhere. It looks like straight Democrat party-line garbage about the Republican “War on Women.”

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