[Disclaimer: I have never seen the movie ‘Mean Girls,’ but I got the gist of it from Wikipedia.]
Over Thanksgiving, a minor Republican staffer criticized the Royal Daughters (Princess Malia and Princess Sasha) for what she felt was a lack of appropriate decorum at the White House Turkey pardoning. (FWIW, I think eye-rolling and smirking is a completely appropriate way to respond to that idiotic annual ritual.) The MFM went completely bonkers at the criticism of the Royal Daughters. NBC’s Today Show made the ‘scandal’ their top news story. The Washington Post assigned a foreign affairs correspondent to dig through the Republican staffer’s old college newspaper columns in hopes of finding more “dirt.” And this was after the staffer apologized and resigned.
In short, a minor Republican staffer’s criticism of the behavior of the daughter’s of the president received more media attention and resources than the US National Debt surpassing $18 Billion or any of Obama’s abuses of executive power. Also, attacking George W Bush or Sarah Palin’s daughters… fair game. Criticism of the Emperor’s Daughters… Don’t you dare!
The journalistic media establishment operates as a middle school clique, with a mission to protect those inside the clique and belittle, bully, and ostracize those outside of it. They won’t cover the debt because that’s like doing math… BO-RING. But destroying one of the unpopular girls… that’s fun and cool.
How journalists see journalists vs how everyone else sees journalists pic.twitter.com/WysSDncGEX
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) December 3, 2014