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  •  all true. I'm just suggesting that (5+ / 0-)

    in all ways, Democratic politicians are met with a different standard than those on the right.  Every tiny misstep or off-the-cuff remark by a Dem is beaten to death in the media and the rw echo chamber.  Meanwhile, outright and deliberate lies by the right are either completely ignored (by "professionals" who know they are false) or forgiven.

    Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it. --Mark Twain

    by SottoVoce on Sun Feb 12, 2012 at 06:59:04 AM PST

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    •  I heard a lecturer once say that overindulging a (7+ / 0-)

      child to the point of dysfunction is a form of child abuse.  Your comment made me think of the media as overindulging Republicans in our era.  I think this is one of the reasons that they are becoming more and more dysfunctional and repulsive to the average person.

      Being on top of every word and deed of a Democrat might be thought of (though unfair on balance in our current state of affairs) as a healthy immune system.

    •  The social process of creating a career in (4+ / 0-)

      journalism of any kind leaves the individuals susceptible to a lot of (invisible to outsiders) influences, on what is written about, how it is written, and where it is published.

      Liberals do not work to manipulate those levers of power. Conservatives are experts at it.

      Every  journalist in the business is aware of the results of what he or she chooses to write, how he writes it, and what will happen to it when it is finished. Also to what happens to his or her career and income potentialities. An attack on a Dem politician is career enhancing. Not so an attack on a conservative politician.

      Then there is the editor to please, and he or she faces the same pressures.

      The selection process then puts the conservatives in the way of a lot of fame and money, unlike most liberals.

      That's the nutshell answer to why there are different standards for Dems. Dems do not protect and promote their supporters in the press corps. Conservatives do, and they attack both the liberal supporters and honest reporters with greater effort.

      Democrats stand for Liberty, Security, Support of Families and Opportunity Whiskey Tango Foxtrot - over

      by Rick B on Sun Feb 12, 2012 at 09:54:16 AM PST

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