Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Edwards Love Child Story: Media Bias or Perceptiveness?

As the supermarket tabloid National Enquirer adds the dollar signs to its scoop on John Edwards's extramarital affair, few national media outlets are soiling its hands with the story.

All the possible reasons for spiking it appear bogus to us, as noted here. The governing assumption of many conservatives is that l'affaire Edwards proves that the MSM is in the tank for the Dems, even those who aren't running anymore.

We say that the reason is this: the media doesn't hold Democrats to standards because as a party they don't have them. The opposite is true for Republicans, whose standards ipso facto define them has hypocrites (see Larry Craig and Ted Stevens as examples of actual GOP hypocrites).

We object that having standards by itself doesn't make one a hypocrite. But we note that it's indeed impossible to violate standards that one doesn't have. So maybe the media is on to something.

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