The double standard Beltway media outlets apply to liberals and conservatives is so obvious and pervasive it’s not worth mentioning most of the time. This isn’t most of the time. DougJ’s parody gets to the heart of it.
Opinion | The threats against Christine Blasey Ford are protected free speech. The vigil in front of Brett Kavanaugh’s house is a grave crime against the Republic.
— New York Times Pitchbot (@DougJBalloon) May 9, 2022
Personally, I don’t give a rat’s ass if Weepy von Frostmug’s own neighbor organizing vigils near his home makes him uncomfortable. Maybe in the Before Times, that would have seemed like crossing a line. But after a then-sitting president’s face-saving lies inspired armed yahoos to loiter around election officials’ homes? After Crybaby McSlamshot signed onto an opinion that will overturn women’s reproductive rights and obliterate established notions of privacy for every citizen of this country? Nope.
If the disparate media treatment makes the current peaceful protests redound to Sobby McKegstand’s benefit in terms of public sympathy, that sucks. But liberals can’t be expected to cede their right to peaceably assemble just because the Beltway coverage blows goats.
That’s not the only application of the double-standard that popped up this weekend on this story. The (not) unprecedented leak of the Alito draft caused such turmoil that DC security erected high fences around the SCOTUS building, presumably so the Radical Cleric Five can issue their fatwas from a Green Zone-like safe space. Another leak that occurred on Sunday didn’t get nearly so much attention. WaPo:
The leaked draft opinion is dated in February and is almost surely obsolete now, as justices have had time to offer dissents and revisions. But as of last week, the majority of five justices to strike Roe remains intact, according to three conservatives close to the court who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive matter.
I get that the leak of a draft opinion is sexier, but the three anonymous conservatives quoted above also revealed sensitive information about ongoing deliberations. Not only did no one rush to publicly condemn that, the story in which the latest leak appears doesn’t get around to mentioning it for more than a dozen paragraphs, and the bombshell is not alluded to in the headline or lede. Fellow citizens, WTF?