GayPatriot

Comments

RSS feed for comments on this post.

The URI to TrackBack this entry is: http://www.gaypatriot.net/2013/01/06/would-yahoo-feature-story-about-intoxicated-son-of-democratic-senator/trackback/

  1. Yea, it was big news, splashed all over the headlines when a VP’s son was caught smoking pot. Unlike say, when a President’s daughters were underage drinking – not a peep from the media. (/sarcasm off)

    Comment by Charles — January 7, 2013 @ 6:42 am - January 7, 2013

  2. Not that it is okay, but generally democrats kids get some discretion while republican kids get their names splashed all over the media for days. And while I don’t condone underage drinking (and I strongly believe that it is dumb to restrict drinking for 18 to 21 year olds-if a 19 year old can enlist and fight in a war he/she should be able to drink a beer) I also believe drinking and to some degree pot smoking are normal teenage rites of passage.

    Comment by Just Me — January 7, 2013 @ 6:56 am - January 7, 2013

  3. But, but, but ….. Rand Paul is a black hating, homophobe, misogynist, anti-Semitic, Christian right fundamentalist zealot, Hispanic loathing, gun toting, redneck. He’s a Republican, isn’t he?

    Al Gore’s son was just a kid doing what Sidwell Friends kids do occasionally. Give him a break. It is hard to be a normal teen when your daddy is in the spotlight. There are people creeping around trying to make much out of nothing and making terrible jokes and comments that could ruin their lives through no real fault of their own. Being the child of a famous person can be a real burden. Besides, he wasn’t named Palin.

    Comment by heliotrope — January 7, 2013 @ 8:27 am - January 7, 2013

  4. How about the DUI conviction of a prominent Mormon Senator that the MSM barely covered?

    Rank hath it’s privileges.

    … And unlike being harmlessly-tipsy in an airport lounge, driving DUI placed others in mortal danger.

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — January 7, 2013 @ 11:10 am - January 7, 2013

  5. Do recall how the media showed a bit more, um, well, discretion when the son of a prominent Democrat was arrested for driving under the influence.

    Ridiculous. That’s a tiny, barely noticeable link on a single website. In the 21st century, even minor stories that are completely irrelevant get brief mentions on websites and cable news. This story probably fell off the front page after an hour and will never be highlighted again. This is how things work now.

    I can still remember when some of my favorite blogs and websites would only update every so often. Lots of places would take the weekend off, and only have an update in the evening if breaking news happened. No longer – I can now expect updates at least every hour, and on a huge site like Yahoo? Probably every 15 minutes. This is because there are many more people online, they’re online for a lot longer, and they can be online literally all day with the advent of smartphones. Another great example is MSNBC – remember when MSNBC would basically go quiet during the weekend and air news magazines and prison specials? Now they have their weekend news shows, too.

    What does this mean? It means that media companies need content. Not good content, mind you, just content. We all find ourselves clicking on stupid, sensationalist links about things that don’t really interest us or matter, don’t we? Did everyone hear that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are having a baby? I can’t explain why, but I clicked on the link! When that kind of stuff is what’s passing for news on these websites, then yes, of course – a Senator’s son getting arrested for anything is going to get a blurb.

    So get real. The media is hardly going wall-to-wall with coverage of this story. You believe in a conspiracy theory about the media, and the nature of conspiracy theorists is to see the conspiracy everywhere. I remember hearing about Al Gore’s son in the media. I don’t know where I heard it and I’m fairly certain that it wasn’t discussed at great length, but I remember hearing about it. Conversely, I have heard no mention of Rand Paul’s son, and probably never would have if you had not brought it up. If I applied your logic, this would mean that I’d be perfectly justified to complain about media bias against Democrats, right?

    This is a throw-away story, probably banged out in 10 minutes by a Yahoo intern who saw it on the AP wire, that media companies use to fill websites and airtime. Nothing more.

    Comment by Levi — January 7, 2013 @ 3:13 pm - January 7, 2013

  6. That’s a tiny, barely noticeable link on a single website.

    True…but that was last night, and now it is today.

    So that,

    This story probably fell off the front page after an hour and will never be highlighted again. This is how things work now.

    …is not exactly true. For a cursory Google search on “Rand Paul” (not, “+son” or the name of the alleged perp, William Hilton Paul) shows stories from:

    +CNN
    +WaPo [blog]
    +ABC News
    +NBCNews.com
    +CBS News
    +The Hill
    +Puffington Host, er, The Huffington Post
    +Gawker
    +Wonkette (when is she going to change to a more accurate name, like “Snarkette”?)

    Currently, there are 286 articles on this “throw-away story”. True, I’m sure there are more regarding the end result of Kanye’s bimbo pork injection, but after all, unless there’s an upcoming death of the recipient of that act, we’ll be hearing more in the months and years to come.

    Would it be any different if Sasha and/or Malia Obama were, say, accused of punching someone on the grounds of Sidwell Friends? I guess we won’t know until it happens…

    However, even in the earlier days of online dominance, I can remember reading commentary for weeks and even months on Barbara and Jenna Bush’s fake ID entry attempt at Austin bars. Even with such charming remarks as, “Like father, like daughters! Boozin’ it up…”

    So I think the jury is still out on this thesis—enough to give Dan a little bit of cover in his assertations.

    Comment by RSG — January 7, 2013 @ 6:39 pm - January 7, 2013

  7. …is not exactly true. For a cursory Google search on “Rand Paul” (not, “+son” or the name of the alleged perp, William Hilton Paul) shows stories from:

    +CNN
    +WaPo [blog]
    +ABC News
    +NBCNews.com
    +CBS News
    +The Hill
    +Puffington Host, er, The Huffington Post
    +Gawker
    +Wonkette (when is she going to change to a more accurate name, like “Snarkette”?)

    Currently, there are 286 articles on this “throw-away story”. True, I’m sure there are more regarding the end result of Kanye’s bimbo pork injection, but after all, unless there’s an upcoming death of the recipient of that act, we’ll be hearing more in the months and years to come.

    Would it be any different if Sasha and/or Malia Obama were, say, accused of punching someone on the grounds of Sidwell Friends? I guess we won’t know until it happens…

    However, even in the earlier days of online dominance, I can remember reading commentary for weeks and even months on Barbara and Jenna Bush’s fake ID entry attempt at Austin bars. Even with such charming remarks as, “Like father, like daughters! Boozin’ it up…”

    So I think the jury is still out on this thesis—enough to give Dan a little bit of cover in his assertations.

    Well, it did fall off front Yahoo’s front page after a few hours, which is all that I said. What isn’t true about that? And your list of media companies that posted stories about this only proves my point – media companies need filler! If a family member of a public figure has a run-in with the law, that’s all it takes. There are so many little sidebars and banners and newsfeeds on news websites that are starving for content, especially on slow news days. What’s more, you’ve conspicuously left Fox News and Drudge your list of people reporting on the story. Are they part of the liberal media conspiracy as well?

    Also,if there is a conspiracy, how does the reporting of this story assist the Democrats and hurt the Republicans? I mean really think about this for a minute. Do the conspirators expect to do some kind of harm to Rand Paul or the Republican Party by passing on the factual details of this mundane incident? I certainly don’t think any less of Rand Paul because I found out this his underage son got drunk. Lots of underage people get drunk, I used to be one of them. At least the kid wasn’t driving. How many people is this alleged smear campaign supposed to flip from the Republicans to the Democrats? A thousand? A hundred? Ten people? I think you could spend the rest of your life searching and not find a single human being on this planet who would be swayed one way or the other.

    Like I said, when you’re holding onto a crazy conspiracy theory, you see the conspiracy everywhere. Notice how Dan never actually commented on the actual content of the story. What set him off was that the incident was mentioned at all. Apparently, Dan would have preferred that nobody ever mentioned what happened, which ironically enough would be an actual conspiracy. If Dan’s not going to explain why he thinks reporting on this story is a problem, then we’re left to assume that he just wanted this crime to be kept a secret – which would require a coordinated media conspiracy!

    Think of all the random, crappy factoids you know about D-list celebrities and their relatives. I fully expect that you and I could write a 5-page essay about Lindsay Lohan and her mom or the cast of Jersey Shore. SO OF COURSE when the daughters of the President of the United States get caught with fake IDs, it’s going to be a story that gets some attention. Malia and Sasha beating up a kid at school would also get coverage, I mean do you honestly doubt that?

    Comment by Levi — January 8, 2013 @ 11:15 am - January 8, 2013

Leave a comment

Line and paragraph breaks automatic, e-mail address never displayed, HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

**Note: Your first comment is held for moderation. Avoid profanity, avoid personal attacks on fellow commenters, and avoid complaining about personal attacks (even on you). Feel free to disagree with anyone, but focus on their ideas; give us the information that you think they overlooked.**


Live preview of comment

Close this window.

0.957 Powered by Wordpress