6.26.2009

Surprise! Fox News omits Republican scandals in assessment of Sanford prospects

In typical Fox fashion, they first label Mark Sanford a Democrat:



..just like they did with Mark Foley:



Then, they leave out the recent Republican sex-scandals when talking about Sanford....

Like Sen. John Ensign who admitted his affair with an campaign employee just last week (via HuffPo):

LAS VEGAS — Republican Sen. John Ensign of Nevada, a leading conservative mentioned as a potential presidential candidate, admitted Tuesday he had an extramarital affair with a woman who was a member of his campaign staff. "Last year I had an affair. I violated the vows of my marriage," Ensign said at a brief news conference. "It is the worst thing I have ever done in my life. If there was ever anything in my life that I could take back, this would be it."

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And Ensign, of course, had called on Clinton to resign (via HuffPo):

During the height of the scandal surrounding Bill Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky, the Nevada Republican denounced the president's conduct as "an embarrassing moment for the country."

'I think we have to feel very sad for the American people and Hillary and Chelsea,' he said.

Weeks later, Ensign would call on Clinton to resign. "I came to that conclusion recently, and frankly it's because of what he put his whole Cabinet through and what he has put the country through," he was quoted saying at the time. "He has no credibility left," he added.

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Or, Sen. Larry Craig, who announced his intent to resign after getting caught in a gay sex scandal:


And like Ensign, Craig of course, laid into Bill Clinton too:

And let's not forget Sen. "Diaper David" Vitter (Via Time):

When Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana confessed to "a very serious sin" on Monday night, Debra Jean Palfrey was not about to forgive him. Sin is one thing; but Palfrey believes Vitter — a proponent of the "sanctity of marriage" — should fess up if that sin was a crime as well. [..]"Why am I the only person being prosecuted?" she told TIME over the phone. "Sen. Vitter should be prosecuted [if he broke the law]" Read more...


Here's that news account from NBC:
Who of course also called for Bill Clinton to resign (via Think Progress):

Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) first got his start in Congress after replacing former Rep. Bob Livingston (R-LA), who “abruptly resigned after disclosures of numerous affairs” in 1998. At the time, Vitter argued that an extramarital affair was grounds for resignation:

“I think Livingston’s stepping down makes a very powerful argument that Clinton should resign as well and move beyond this mess,” he said. [Atlanta Journal and Constitution, 12/20/98]

What do all these "christian" conservatives have in common other than the fact that they are lying, hypocritical pigs? None of them ended up resigning and most got high-fives from the Senate colleagues:
Yet, Fox chose to highlight only Democratic scandals - as if they were somehow the same (which they are not since Democrats don't go around poking into everyone's bedrooms dictating what they can an can not do under their moral (hypocritical) code -- so their viewers would get a sens that everyone on both sides of the aisle - does it

Form Media Matters:
In segments airing between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. ET on June 25, Fox News Washington correspondent James Rosen highlighted only past scandals involving Democrats during reports assessing the potential political impact of South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's extramarital affair. Specifically, Rosen's first segment, during the noon ET hour of Fox News' Happening Now, featured pictures of former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, former President Bill Clinton hugging then-White House intern Monica Lewinsky, and former Washington, D.C., Mayor Marion Barry. Rosen's second segment, during the 1 p.m. ET hour of Fox News' The Live Desk, featured Clinton-Lewinsky, Barry, and former New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey. Neither segment mentioned any of the numerous sex scandals over a similar time period that involved Republican politicians such as Sen. John Ensign (NV), Sen. David Vitter (LA), and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, among others. By contrast, during the 3 p.m. ET hour of Fox News' Studio B with Shepard Smith, Rosen's report about Sanford and prior political sex scandals featured both Democrats -- Clinton and Barry -- and Republicans -- Vitter and former Sen. Larry Craig (ID).

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Leaving aside the fact that you can't compare apples & oranges -- Bill Clinton, Elliot Spitzer, John Edwards & Jim McGreevy neither held themselves up as the pillars of society nor did they go out their way to legislate their "christian" belief system about sex, gay rights, abortion & morals in general -- onto others.

Fox" news" has a habit of trying to defend their leaders outright and despicable hypocrisy by trying to lump in Democrats in a 'they did it too" framing.

It's so transparent I often wonder what morons would fall for it. And then, I remember the 28% who still think George Bush was a fabulous president are their loyal viewership and it all makes sense to me.

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