Saturday, February 25, 2006

Great minds think alike

I hadn't noticed this column by the esteemed Bruce Bartlett when it was published last month, but he really hits the nail on the head:

One of the things that drives Republicans crazy is the media’s enormous double-standard in how it covers various scandals. While day after day we read on the front pages about how awful it was that a Republican congressman played golf with some lobbyist—as if that is the epitome of unethical behavior—cases of actual criminality by Democrats are buried on the back pages. ...

On Jan. 23, the [New York] Times reported that former Atlanta mayor Bill Campbell is on trial for receiving payoffs of $150,000 from companies doing business with the city, as well as $100,000 in illegal campaign contributions and other gratuities. ...

Nowhere in the article was Mr. Campbell’s political affiliation mentioned. I had to do an Internet search to discover that he is a Democrat. ...

Ever since Watergate, a key media template has been that the Republican Party is the party of corruption. Thus every wrongdoing of any Republican tends to get page one treatment, while Democratic corruption is treated as routine and buried on the back pages, mentioned once and then forgotten.
Yet any objective study of comparative party corruption would have to conclude that Democrats are far more likely to be caught engaging in it than Republicans. For example, a review of misconduct cases in the House of Representatives since Watergate shows many more cases involving Democrats than Republicans.
Skeptics can go to the web site of the House Committee on Standards of Official conduct, popularly known as the House Ethics Committee. Click on “historical documents” and go to a publication called “Historical Summary of Conduct Cases in the House of Representatives.”

Holy coincidence, Batman! It's as if he were reading from an advance draft of DONKEY CONS! Mr. Bartlett continues:
By my count, there have been 70 different members of the House who have been investigated for serious offenses over the last 30 years. ... Of these, only 15 involved Republicans, with the remaining 55 involving Democrats.
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The reason is that the liberal media harp on Republican misdeeds monotonously because to them the subject never gets boring. ...
Of course, another explanation for the disparate treatment may be that Democratic corruption is so commonplace that it really isn’t “news.” Democrats should consider that possibility before launching a campaign against Republican corruption.
Somebody send that man a copy of DONKEY CONS!

-- McCAIN