No, I think I understand that you are concerned about the difference between people's reactions to the two events, as well as the media's portrayal of each of those events. On a practical level, I agree with you: These two incidents have received different treatments. There IS a double standard.
In a sense, though, there's a double standard at work here on the part of conservatives too: For years we fought against the stifling of speech by politically correct forces. Now, it seems, we're ready to buy into the politically-correct stance, for the temporary purpose of scoring partisan points.
My point is that instead of braying about double standards, a better tack would be to insist that NEITHER of these speakers deserves to get raked over the coals. Instead of saying, "Hey, why did only one of these guys get pulled down," we should be saying, "Neither one of these guys should get pulled down."
posted on 03/13/2003 7:41:16 AM PST
YOU are doing the braying - jumping to a conclusion, and continuing to jump after I point it out.
I haven't asked for EITHER to be pulled down - that you infer it speaks to your attitude, not mine.
I will contend, however, that reasonable people can take offense at Moran's statement while being unruffled by Lott's.
I'm not going to toe your line, or belly up to your bar. So you may as well stop asking. A double standard in the media is more offensive to me than either hypersensitivity or moderately offensive remarks - and I will continue to point it out.
And I so point.
posted on 03/13/2003 7:50:17 AM PST
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