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September 5, 2009
Imagine Van Jones in a GOP White House
This is so good I am going to steal the entire thing.
Perhaps you are tired of pundits writing "If a Republican president had done what Obama just did..." or "If a Republican had said something like that..." It does get rather boring to point out double standards that the press uses to report on Democrats and Republicans - and especially Barack Obama and any GOP president, past or future.
But the record must be made - not to shame the media into eliminating the double standard but because there are indeed, fair minded people in America who might be swayed by logic and reason used to highlight the sheer bias of the national media and get them to seek out alternative sources of news that would balance the information they receive on a daily basis.
That's why this short post at NRO's The Corner by Peter Kirsanow is such an eye opener:
Imagine it's September 2013 and President Palin is preparing to present her massive tax cut proposal to a joint session of congress. She's momentarily distracted by an MSNBC report that her Second Amendment czar, Sig Sauer, has a peculiar history: He was once (and perhaps still is) a Bircher who argued for the repeal of the 14th Amendment. He's also appeared on numerous radio and TV shows calling for the oppressive United States government to be transformed into a monarchy. Shortly before his appointment he was captured on YouTube calling Democrats "a**holes." Another YouTube video shows him ranting about "black gun-control advocates" who confiscate guns from law-abiding white communities. Back in 2009 he signed a petition published in the New York Post calling for the impeachment of Barack Obama on the grounds that he wasn't born in the United States. Sauer has even been arrested twice for participating in riots outside the U.N. and G-8 Summit.
Imagine that during a press briefing, a reporter asks White House press secretary Chuck Krauthammer how a radical right-wing racialist with an arrest record like Sauer could've possibly been appointed to a prominent White House position. Didn't President Palin know? Chuck dismisses the query, saying it's old news since Sauer has issued an apology contending that none of the forgoing actions reflect his actual views.
Imagine that the members of the press corps nod their heads collectively and move on to the more relevant issue of what President Palin will be wearing to the joint session.
Imagine. It's easy if you try.