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Republican/Conservative Double Standard (Part 2)

Sep 05 2013

I wasn't expecting it, but today ended up creating a Part 2 to the apparently ongoing "Double Standard" story. Fox News (I know...it's not really news) had a segment on their show yesterday (09/04/2013) which for convenience I linked below. In this segment guest Monica Crowley talked about the "double standard" I've recently been talking about. The only difference is that their version is of apparently a mirror universe (Like Mirror Mirror from Star Trek).

Midiaite's Andrew Kirell wrote a peice on this quoted below:

[Wednesday] afternoon on Fox, frequent guests Monica Crowley and Kirsten Powers battled over whether there is a media "double standard" in treatment for George W. Bush and Barack Obama in their respective military campaigns.

Conservative radio host Crowley insisted the "double standard" exists, pointing to her belief that in the 2003 run-up to the Iraq War, Bush faced tough criticism from a skeptical press. "When you look at the difference of that coverage and President Obama going to Libya without congressional approval and the run-up to Syria, it is like night and day," she said

As Rachel Maddow said in her online post

For most of us, just reading Crowley's words out of context, the observations may seem quite compelling. Putting aside for now how very different the situations in Iraq, Libya, and Syria are, it's very easy to believe there really is a "double standard" in the media, with reporters applying far more scrutiny to one administration instead of the other. It really is "like night and day."

But in Crowley's version of reality, the observation has been turned on its head. In her world, news organizations were fierce skeptics of the conflict in Iraq, and challenged then-President George W. Bush's claims every step of the way. What's more, in her world, reporters are giving President Obama a free pass now.

In the alternative universe Crowley perceives, the media didn't play a cheerleading role in advance of the war in Iraq, ignoring critics. And now, she believes, news outlets are pushing for military intervention abroad.

As you can see in the clip, she didn't appear to be kidding.

I don't recognize Crowley's version of reality, but I wonder what the weather is like in her alternative universe.

Watch the segment below from Fox News:

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