By now, almost everyone has heard David Chalain’s live microphone remark, “They’re not concerned at all. They’re happy to have a party with black people drowning.” Chalain made that remark about Romney and Republicans who did not call off (or even pause) their convention in Tampa, FL, while Hurricane Isaac was heading toward New Orleans, LA. Yahoo fired Chalain, Yahoo’s Washington DC news bureau chief, for that remark. Later, Chalain tweeted this message: “I am profoundly sorry for making an inappropriate and thoughtless joke.”
On August 29, 2012, Rachael Weiner, at the Washington Post web site, posted an article about Chalain’s remark, entitled, “Yahoo editor fired over anti-Romney joke” I guess that means that Weiner bought Chalain’s tweet about his remark being a joke.
I seem to remember when Ronald W. Reagan “joked” on August 11, 1984, about bombing Russia. Reagan said: “My fellow Americans, I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.” And that remark was not even broadcast, it was a radio volume check. But the “joke” was leaked out. The MSM did not let that joke pass: “… the story was broken by a major newspaper chain, and the rest of the media followed.”
Double standard? A “joke” is treated differently by the MSM when politics come into play.
PBS’s Gwen Ifill (if you want to include PBS as part of the MSM) is now defending David Chalain. Ifill referred to Chalain as “God’s gift to political journalism.” We all know (sarcasm on) how objective Ifill is (sarcasm off now, what follows actually happened). She tweeted a link to an article by National Journal editor Ron Fournier entitled, “Why (and How) Romney Is Playing the Race Card.” In the article, Fournier cited a Detroit firefighter and a contractor who translated Romney’s code of (quoting Fournier) “the subtle language of distrust and prejudice that whites use to communicate deep-set fears, and that cynical politicians translate into votes.”
Now let’s turn our attention to reporting (or not reporting) about hurricanes.
President George W. Bush was castigated by the MSM (and Obama) for flying over but not landing in New Orleans, LA. The MSM failed, and still fails, to mention the reason why Bush did not land: he did not want to disrupt on-going rescue operations. But the MSM failed to make a big deal of inactions by New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin, Louisiana governor Kathleen Blanco, or Louisiana senator Mary Landrieu. Now we learn, in an article by Daniel Halpern, entitled “Obama Will Have Made 7 Campaign Stops Before Visiting Where Hurricane Hit,” that President Barack Hussein “kill list” Obama will not let Hurricane Isaac get in the way of his campaigning. He plans to arrive in New Orleans three days after Mitt Romney. And we learn that Obama discussed Hurricane Isaac while aboard Air Force One as he flew to Washington DC from a campaign stop in Colorado. He did not even fly over New Orleans! Did the MSM miss all of Obama’s actions? Were they just too busy worrying about Romney’s tax returns to report on Obama’s Hurricane Isaac actions?
Some of you will say that Hurricane Isaac (Category 1 when it hit New Orleans) cannot possibly be compared to Hurricane Katrina (Category 3 when it hit New Orleans). Well, if that’s so, then why does the MSM report on any natural disaster? A natural disaster is a natural disaster, regardless of category (or magnitude or force). But the MSM somehow fails to see it that way when politics are involved.
Double standard? Reporting on a hurricane and after-actions is treated differently by the MSM when politics come into play.
But that’s just my opinion.