Carol Platt Liebau: <i>Another</i> Thought Experiment

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Another Thought Experiment

For those who doubt that the MSM loves "maverick" Republicans, but hasn't much use for "renegade" Democrats, here's another thought experiment, based on some judicious alterations to lefty blogger Duncan Black's denunciation of Joe Lieberman in today's LA Times (words in brackets have been changed):

Imagine the following emanating from a right-winger:

For too long [John McCain] has defined his image by distancing himself from other [Republicans], cozying up to [left]-wing media figures and, at key moments, directing his criticisms at members of his own party instead of at the [Democrats] in [the Senate].

And then:

[McCain] has a long history of providing cover for the worst of [Democratic] actions while enthusiastically serving as his own party's scold.

Now imagine . . . if it were John McCain's political career that was placed in jeopardy by a more doctrinaire conservative -- rather than Joe Lieberman being threatened by a more leftist Democrat -- don't you think we'd be hearing a few more gasps of horror from the MSM at the ugliness of the political cannibalism?

Then again, we wouldn't even be seeing a right wing equivalent of Duncan Black being given space on the Times' op/ed page to press the anti-McCain attack.


Blogger Dittohead said...

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9:00 PM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

I’m not familiar with LA Times therefore; all I’ll say on the MSM issue is that in general, some are liberal, some neutral and others conservative.

Well it is a poor article. Duncan Black wants to analysis Joe’s race by eliminating the determining factor and he ends up writing nonsense. If it wasn’t for Joe’s stance on the Iraq war, for all we know, he’d likely have a 98% chance of getting re-elected, the average for incumbents.

9:33 PM  
Blogger Duke-Stir said...


It is also worth noting that Lieberman has yet to be subjected to dirty intra-party tricks of the kind McCain has been subjected to, such as a whisper campaign that called into question his sanity as a result of his time as a POW, or being the subject of a push poll implying that he fathered an illegitimate black child, or being called the "fag candidate" in church flyers.

10:00 PM  
Blogger dodger said...

I have to give McCain credit. He acts on his own beliefs, not the beliefs of others. A luxury afforded conservatives, denied liberals.

Poor Joe had some good beliefs but when he ran as vice-president he had to mouth the beliefs of AlGore. He did a good job of not coming off as goofy as Al but I lost respect for him.

As to McCain, some of his beliefs are as goofy as he is. I say that in terms of McCain's own words. One of his beliefs is that he is always right. A luxury he will not be afforded due to my vote.

8:28 AM  
Blogger wrabkin said...

Carol wrote:

"Then again, we wouldn't even be seeing a right wing equivalent of Duncan Black being given space on the Times' op/ed page to press the anti-McCain attack."

Of course, to write this, Carol had to ignore the fact that the Times gave right-wing blogger Jonah Goldberg a weekly column in which he is free to bash McCain as much as he wants, although he prefers to spend his inches bashing Democrats.

Now judging by his collected works, it would be easy to argue that the Times hired Goldberg simply to make conservatives look stupid. But I suspect that Goldberg would disagree with that.

Why is it that Republicans can't actually put together an argument based on facts, instead these ridiculous old myths like "the liberal MSM won't let Conservatives be heard" -- even when they know it's not true.

8:43 AM  
Blogger JillMartin said...

The White House website is the best source for news. Anything else is just opinions from someone who didn't get elected.

8:53 AM  
Blogger COPioneer said...

wrabkin, that's rich. So, because the MSM gives conservative viewpoints 20% of the time, it gets a pass.

Just today let's see where the MSM is:
"NBC’s Andrea Mitchell chose not to label Hezbollah a terrorist organization and instead described it as a group that “provides social services” and is headed by a “populist” leader. "

"Hezbollah officials gave CNN access into the southern suburbs of Beirut — the area thought to house the organization’s headquarters — to show the damage inflicted on civilians there. They also wanted to show they do not house military stockpiles there, CNN’s Nic Robertson reported. Robertson said he could not confirm the group’s assertions about what was housed in the area." So the last sentence makes him fair and balanced.

crazy, AND True.

9:15 AM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

And just a year ago Bush was praising Lebanon for their new age of democracy but after the photo-op, he cut them off and ignored them.

What we have here is a president that can never tell the truth.

12:50 PM  
Blogger amber said...

Jill, why are you even here? YOu do not like anything you read on this site and you care little about winning people to your side. So, what is the point? You just like to insult people? I have not read one of your posts that was not filled with malice.

1:50 PM  
Blogger JillMartin said...


I'm not the one saying I want to kill people. You are. Is killing malice?

7:41 PM  
Blogger amber said...

When did I say I wanted to kill people? Respond, don't respond, I have stopeed reading your posts.

5:13 AM  
Blogger amber said...

I feel I must qualify my last reponse. Jill says I want to kill people. I do not desire to kill anyone, incase people wondered. I am willing to do it, though. It is because I value life that I would kill. It is because I value my right and the rights of others to go to a soccer game with their families without fear of being blown up. I value the lives of all of the young girls who are forced to marry and have sex with 50 year old men. I am also honest and realistic to say that people will not be safe to live out their lives in a joyful manner until some people are dead. Someone breaks into my house and gets in front of my bedroom door will have more than a few rounds through their chest. Did I want to? Of course not, I would prefer that people value other people and their right to live. Some people do not. I refuse to be a victim and I will fight to protect the lives of those who can not fight. If that means killing an evil, murdering, raping, dictator and my country asks me to do it, I will.

5:40 AM  
Blogger dodger said...

You go, Amber. I think we all preach to our choirs. The Kill All Republicans crowd sure isn't trying to win me over to their side, rather they are trying to convince me they don't like me. I fear for the day when someone is turned down for employment because they are a Republican, a Catholic. Probably already happening. A good reason to tone down the rhetoric. People sometime ask me why I would want a AK-47. I say, "SO I WON'T MISS!"

8:19 AM  

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