Thursday, November 03, 2011
Republicans Say The Darndest Things
Republican senators have accused the media of a double standard on Herman Cain, whom they argue is enduring tougher treatment because he is a conservative.
The Republican senators ripped the media for their reporting of anonymous sexual harassment allegations against the presidential candidate, saying a Democrat would not face the same kind of reporting in the absence of a public accusation.
“It’s easy to take potshots at conservatives,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), who described the media’s treatment of the Cain story as “overdone.”
“I do think that conservative candidates tend to get more rigorous criticism than liberal candidates,” echoed Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.).
I guess they've never heard of Anthony Weiner, Bill Clinton, John Edwards, Eliot Spitzer, and Gary Hart, just to name a few. The issue isn't the media coverage, the media loves a juicy sex scandal and are generally equal opportunity sharks when one breaks. Given that we are in the midst of a Republican primary, my guess is the genesis of this story is with one of the rival camps, but Cain's handling of the scandal is abysmal.