Within the space of just a few days, we had a former President call for tax-payer funding of a known terrorist organization, a former Vice-President offer aid and comfort to our enemies while giving a speech in a foreign country, and a sitting Vice-President accidentally shoot a friend while quail hunting. Of these three events, the one with the least importance to our national security became the fixation of a self-indulgent media for well over a week.
Given what we already know about the selective memories of many in the mainstream media, it should come as no surprise that they also seem to suffer from a case of selective attention span. On issues that don’t present liberals in a favorable light, the press suffers from Attention Deficit Disorder. When it comes to similar situations involving conservatives however, they become obsessive-compulsives. Perhaps a dose of Ritalin is in order.
In the first of these events, we had former President Jimmy Carter call for the continuation of American aid for the Palestinian Authority which, given their recent election results, is tantamount to direct funding of Hamas, a terrorist organization with the avowed goal of the destruction of Israel. Note that in the aftermath of this comment there was no constant hounding by the press as to whether or not the former President would retract, reconsider, or revise his remarks. Nor were there any stakeouts of his home attempting to catch him leaving for the office each morning to grill him as to why he refused to do so, or to demand an apology on behalf of the Jewish people.
The second example saw former Vice-President Al Gore, while speaking at a conference in Saudi Arabia, accusing his own country of “terrible abuses” of captured terrorists and “indiscriminately round(ing) up” Arabs after 9/11 on minor charges and holding them “in conditions that were just unforgivable.” He went even further and referred to the facilities where we hold captured terrorists as Bush gulags. He made these statements to an Arab audience on foreign soil, in reference to a country where he once campaigned to be President.