Would Barack Obama enjoy the adulation he does among veteran journalists and Democratic partisans if those journalists treated him like they have such Republicans as Todd Akin, Sarah Palin and former Vice President Dan Quayle?
Every time one of those individuals misspoke, our national news media highlighted the gaffe as if it were a defining moment in American public discourse. And in so highlighting it, they often did make a defining moment in our media-saturated culture.
Reminding us how Quayle’s spelling error in 1992 “was carried on every news wire, every news program and in every late night TV monologue“, Michael Ramirez speculates that
Quayle’s mind must have been on other things. It wasn’t like he repeated the mistake in all 57 states, or more precisely in Beaverton, Ore., in May 2008; or while traveling on the “Intercontinental” railroad in Cincinnati on Sept. 23, 2011; or perhaps, while he was speaking to the “President” of Canada in Chicago on Aug. 7, 2007.
He might not have known how to say it in “Austrian” while in Strasbourg, France, on April 5, 2009; or perhaps he was thinking of “Polish Death Camps” at the White House on May 30, 2012; or thinking about when he met with world leaders in that splendid “Asian” city, Honolulu, on Nov. 16, 2011.
Read the whole thing. (Via Powerline picks.) “The mainstream media”, Ramirez adds, “didn’t seem to think these incidents were worthy of a media feeding frenzy, unlike those of poor Dan Quayle.”
It seems that if a Democratic politician makes repeated gaffes, those gaffes don’t make a sound to the legacy media.