Gored oxen, oxen and Gores
Posted by Ron Coleman on December 21, 2008
The real question, given the way the press covered for John Edwards, Barack Obama, et al. is whether the press would cover a Watergate if it happened under a Democratic administration.
They would. Have we forgotten Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky? The Clintons felt from almost Day One that the press was their bitter enemy, but with Monicagate the dogs were loosed. While overall, cultural elites swooned over Clinton — churning out several thinly-disguised valentines in Hollywood, naming him (how embarrassing now!) our First Black President, and of course running down the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy when the time came for that — “the press,” which we now call the mainstream press , went in for the kill once their cheese was moved by Matt Drudge.
It’s not a paradox. The MSM will never forgive a Republican for being elected to audience, and will pull out the stops to do everything they can to insure that it doesn’t happen again. Democrats do get a honeymoon, and no matter how badly received their efforts are they will always receive, for example, the endorsement of the New York Times — as bad as they are, after all, they’re not Republicans.
But within that limiting principle, their ambition, especially when Election Day is close by in the rear view mirror, overrides their loyalty to the individual. After all, if you bring down Bill Clinton, what do you get? A Pulitzer, editorial tenure for life, book contracts and hefty speaking fees — and, hey, President Al Gore.
What’s not to like?