Yesterday I made the point that, as the media converges on Obama’s past, he’ll have to answer to it. I found it particularly troubling that he admitted in print to youthful racism, and that he identified with his rather questionable father growing up.
Some lefties jumped all over me at BNN; see their hysteria and my response here. Apparently a Democrat’s past doesn’t matter.
Brent Bozell III makes a similar point on Townhall today:
“Let’s be clear about this. The liberal media don’t care what Democratic love objects do when they’re in grade school, even in Indonesia, just as they didn’t care what Bill Clinton was doing touring Russia and the Soviet bloc in his 20s, just as they didn’t care how he dodged the draft or whether he inhaled, just as they didn’t even want to know if Clinton raped a woman when he was 32.
“But Obama ought to thank his lucky liberal stars that he’s not a Republican. This is not the standard the media had for George W. Bush in 1999, when the entire liberal media ran in a pack suggesting Bush was a cokehead.
“But the richest irony in the contrast is this: Obama has admitted in his biography to using cocaine in high school and college. CNN doesn’t care. While they scour the globe to rebut madrassa stories, they’re not asking him about this settled truth. Serious journalism, indeed.”
Personally, I don’t care whether either used drugs in college — I think racism would affect governance on a much deeper level — but Bozell is right that the double standard is obvious.