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The Perfect Media Manners for Malia Obama
Townhall.com ^ | August 18, 2016 | Brent Bozell

Posted on 08/19/2016 5:07:43 AM PDT by Kaslin

Civility and political decorum demand that one should never pick on a president's family. Presidents' children did not choose their parents' careers. Until they are grown and speaking out on the campaign trail, they should be left out of political commentary. Their privacy should not only be respected; it should be actively protected.

Pretty much the entire media observed this rule perfectly when Radar Online published blurry pictures of 18-year-old Malia Obama puffing some sort of cigarette at the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago, Illinois on July 31. Radar's eyewitness cried weed. Video footage also showed Obama dancing suggestively to a rap song.

The press refused to touch the story. Praiseworthy? Yes -- if you're willing to applaud media hypocrisy.

In the middle of 2001, the media pointed at and mocked Jenna and Barbara Bush, daughters of former President George W. Bush, when they were cited for underage margarita drinking in Austin, Texas, at age 19. The New York tabloids loved it. The story was headlined ''Double Trouble'' by the New York Daily News and ''Jenna and Tonic'' by the New York Post. The networks jumped all over it, underlining that this was the public's business because the twins had entered the police blotter, and because their father is a recovered alcoholic.

CNN's Wolf Blitzer also sounded the alarm: "Police in Austin, Texas today cited President Bush's twin daughters for violating state alcoholic beverage laws. Questions about the incident remain off limits at the White House. As CNN's Anne McDermott reminds us, all first families struggle to retain a little privacy." Apparently CNN believed the Bush family should be an exception.

Even back then, there was a police-and-progeny double standard. The year before, 17-year-old Al Gore III, son of then-Vice President Al Gore, was cited by police for driving back to Washington, D.C. from the Outer Banks of North Carolina at 97 mph in a 55-mph zone. Network coverage? Zero.

Obama gets much kinder treatment than the daughters of Republican presidential candidates. Consider the liberal website Slate, which in 2012 held a caption contest for a picture of former Sen. Rick Santorum's daughters Elizabeth and Sarah (then ages 21 and 14). Sadly, liberal commenters predictably leaped to imagine that these conservative Catholic daughters -- yes, including the middle schooler -- were on contraceptives or wearing chastity belts or touching themselves sexually.

The daughters of former Gov. Sarah Palin have faced all kinds of media shaming and mockery, starting with Bristol Palin's pregnancy at age 17, revealed just hours after Palin was named to Sen. John McCain's ticket in 2008. Gov. Palin never achieved national office, but her family has been mocked ever since.

In 2011, television host Bill Maher mocked Bristol Palin in the crudest terms: "In Bristol's new memoir, 'Not Afraid of Life' -- working title, 'Whoops, There's a Dick in Me'" -- Bristol claims that the night she lost her virginity, she had accidentally gotten drunk on wine coolers that she didn't know contained alcohol, and then blacked out and didn't remember a thing. Oh, the Palins. I tell you, the s--t doesn't fall far from the bat."

Did the media decry a lack of decency? The silence was deafening. But when previously unknown GOP congressional staffer Elizabeth Lauten criticized the clothes and attitude of President Obama's daughters two years ago on her own Facebook page, saying, "Dress like you deserve respect, not a spot at a bar," the networks railed against her for "cyberbullying" until she resigned from her job.

Our news and entertainment media chieftains have made a clear distinction for presidents and presidential candidates: A child of Democratic parents is untouchable, but if it's the offspring of Republicans, he -- or even better, she -- is fair game. It's open season.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: bozell; malia; obamafamily; presidentschildren
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1 posted on 08/19/2016 5:07:43 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

The first amendment definitely needs a re-think. Starting with licensing ‘journalists’, separating them from ‘propagandists’.


2 posted on 08/19/2016 5:12:25 AM PDT by akalinin (www.sterlingheightsreport.com)
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To: Kaslin

Even Rick Santorum’s dead baby got bad press.

Libs destroy everything.


3 posted on 08/19/2016 5:14:28 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard the Third: With my own people alone I should like to drive away the Muslims)
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To: Kaslin

The first amendment definitely needs a re-think. Starting with licensing ‘journalists’, separating them from ‘propagandists’.


4 posted on 08/19/2016 5:14:58 AM PDT by akalinin (www.sterlingheightsreport.com)
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To: Kaslin

#### ‘em.

They’ve thrown everything but the kitchen sink at Trump and though they are wishfully thinking (he’s insane, he’s gonna drop out, that ###hole libertarian will be in the debates) they have accomplished nothing.


5 posted on 08/19/2016 5:16:16 AM PDT by dp0622 (The only thing an upper crust conservative hates more than a liberal is a middle class conservative)
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To: miss marmelstein

The left-wing press is disgusting.


6 posted on 08/19/2016 5:17:08 AM PDT by Kaslin (He neededAwesomeOf the ignorant to reelect him. He got them and now we have to pay the consequences)
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To: Kaslin

Can’t wait till his daughters bring home some white men to meet their parents. Won’t that create some awkward moments at the #BLM supporters dinner table?


7 posted on 08/19/2016 5:19:30 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: Kaslin

The daughters can’t walk home from school for fear of some smooth talker getting in their pants


8 posted on 08/19/2016 5:20:50 AM PDT by bert ((K.E.; N.P.; GOPc;WASP .... We Frack for Peace)
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To: Kaslin

Enemedia at work.


9 posted on 08/19/2016 5:22:30 AM PDT by RandallFlagg (Vote for your guns!)
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To: akalinin

Depends on one’s definition of each concept in this journalist’s first sentence. I’m sure that mine would be unlike his.


10 posted on 08/19/2016 5:29:09 AM PDT by fortes fortuna juvat (Trump has terrified the world's elite.)
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To: Kaslin

I’m wondering if there are any conservative broadsheets or tabs anymore. The NY Post is even against Trump. I have no idea why! He’s been good for NYC.


11 posted on 08/19/2016 5:32:42 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard the Third: With my own people alone I should like to drive away the Muslims)
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To: Kaslin

F’ the media. Going out of business is the least I wish on them.


12 posted on 08/19/2016 5:33:56 AM PDT by Flick Lives (TRIGGER WARNING - Posts may require application of sarcasm filter)
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Just following her father’s example of doing ‘weed’ and perhaps wanting to have a ‘choom gang’ of her own.


13 posted on 08/19/2016 5:40:45 AM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: akalinin

“Starting with licensing ‘journalists’”

I’d rather keep a totally free press and rely on citizens to recognize untruthful journalism.

Same with the internet.

Neither control or no control is a perfect solution but I’ll stick with ‘no control’.


14 posted on 08/19/2016 5:44:09 AM PDT by cymbeline
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To: akalinin
The first amendment definitely needs a re-think. Starting with licensing ‘journalists’, separating them from ‘propagandists’.

Yeah, we need to put more things under government control because the people can be trusted to put the right folks into those government positions that have the control. Brilliant idea there, mate!

15 posted on 08/19/2016 5:57:26 AM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: akalinin
"The first amendment definitely needs a re-think. Starting with licensing ‘journalists’, separating them from ‘propagandists’."

Great idea!

That will make licensed journalists as honest as licensed lawyers and as competent as licensed teachers.

16 posted on 08/19/2016 5:57:53 AM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (Historians will refer to this administration as "The Half-Black Plague.")
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To: miss marmelstein
Libs destroy everything.

The liberal creed:

"If It Ain't Broken We Will Fix It 'Till It Is"


17 posted on 08/19/2016 6:03:57 AM PDT by Iron Munro (If Illegals voted Rebublican 50 Million Democrats Would Be Screaming "Build The Wall!")
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To: Kaslin

Some “journalist” deserve a scratchy rope for blatant lies, others should be jailed, and others banned. Fabrications are unacceptable by people calling themselves journalists.


18 posted on 08/19/2016 6:11:32 AM PDT by Neoliberalnot (Marxism works well only with the uneducated and the unarm)
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To: VRWCmember

“Yeah, we need to put more things under government control because the people can be trusted to put the right folks into those government positions that have the control. Brilliant idea there, mate! “

I would just go with a fairness doctrine. If you are opinion based, you have to state it in your article or show. If you lie about it, both you and the station are heavily fined. Finally, if you are government, you cannot have a relative in the media and vice versa. When you leave media or government, you cannot move to the other industry for 5 years.


19 posted on 08/19/2016 6:19:50 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Common Sense, Trump and Pence. More of the same, Clinton and Kaine.)
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To: Kaslin

I don’t watch tv. (PBS rarely) Husband takes a couple of
local newspapers & one from the “old hometown” that we’ve
been away from for the most part for over 50 yrs. - I don’t
even recognize most of the names in the papers as we live
way out of town. Newspapers don’t seem to realize that many
of their readers are NOT Democrats. If it were up to me,
the subscriptions would be dropped.


20 posted on 08/19/2016 6:20:15 AM PDT by Twinkie (John 3:16)
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