Whenever a Republican is accused of racism or bigotry, the media narrative is hyper focused on the offender, and blame is placed on all conservatives by extension. And THAT is as wide as the discussion goes.
When a Democrat is exposed using blatantly bigoted language to attack their perceived enemies, then the media narrative is automatically widened to society as a whole. The best example of this double standard is seen in the case of Iowa Rep Steve King and Minnesota Rep Ilhan Omar.
Here’s how Tribune has treated Rep Steve King when his name’s been embroiled in controversy. There’s ZERO ambiguity and the problem is all with King and Republicans:
Now take a look at what they do when writing about a Democrat whose name is embroiled in controversy. Well what do you know? It’s Steve King again!
NOTE: The Tribune tweet doesn’t even go to the Clarance Page article! It links to an article slamming Steve King! This is as scummy as Tribune gets.
Here’s Page’s puff piece on Ilhan Omar’s anti-Semitism.
“Omar responded to a tweet opposing the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement with a sarcastic tweet” – Clarence Page
…All of which gives me a sliver of hope for two other embattled officeholders, freshman Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, who have been taking heat for their criticism of Israel.
Omar responded to a tweet opposing the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement with a sarcastic tweet, quoting Puff Daddy’s homage to $100 bills, “It’s all about the Benjamins, baby.” Asked who was paying U.S. politicians to be pro-Israel, she responded, “AIPAC,” meaning the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, this country’s most prominent pro-Israel lobby and frequent object of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the rest of House Democratic leadership, as well as numerous Republicans and Jewish leaders, wasted no time in rebuking Omar’s remarks and calling on her to apologize for her use of what Pelosi called “anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel’s supporters.”
Omar immediately issued an “unequivocal” apology, saying, “Anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes.”
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., walks through the halls of the Capitol in Washington on Jan. 16, 2019. (Andrew Harnik/AP)
Good for her. I wish we would have such similarly swift regrets from President Donald Trump, who last weekend again mocked Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Democratic presidential candidate, as “Pocahontas.” Or Rep. Steve King, the Iowa Republican who, after years of offensive remarks about “white supremacy” and “white nationalism” was finally removed by Republicans from all House committee assignments, after Republicans lost their House majority.
And that’s how Democrats and their media organs protect each other. Sad to see an accomplished African American like Clarence Page defending bigotry. Also nauseating.