The liberal media has been waiting a long time for something like this. Several opinion makers lamented the fact that Republicans were on their best behavior this election season, failing to give them any juicy stories that could confirm all of their favorite GOP stereotypes. And, to be fair, Republicans can usually be counted on to step in it if given the chance.
The news this time around, though, comes from the past. It appears the House Majority Whip, Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, gave a speech in 2002 at a convention of the European-American Unity and Rights Organization (EURO). Only problem being that EURO was founded by controversial former KKK leader David Duke. Though Scalise denies holding white supremacist views, denies knowing that EURO had neo-Nazi connections, and has been defended by many close friends, the controversy is inevitable. And a racial controversy is the last thing Republicans need at a time like this.
But let’s put aside what Scalise knew, what he believes, and whether there is really any story here at all. If Scalise turns out to have connections with white supremacists, he’ll be rightly asked to give up his seat in Congress. For the time being, though, let’s just bask in the liberal hypocrisy this scandal is exposing. The media – you know, the ones who couldn’t be bothered to cover the Jonathan Gruber controversy until there was no other choice – is running with this one.
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Let’s talk about a man named Robert Byrd. The late Democratic Senator from West Virginia wasn’t just associated with white supremacists; he was one. Byrd founded a chapter of the KKK in the early 1940s before embarking on his political career. Though he later rejected his association with the group, it’s hard to erase these kinds of words from your history: “Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds.”
And while it would be disingenuous to suggest that no one on the left had a problem with Byrd’s associations, he nevertheless had a home in the Democratic Party for nearly 60 years. Compare him with, say, Duke himself, and it’s easy to see that racist ideology isn’t nearly as important to our liberal intellectual elites as party affiliation is.
A more recent example would be none other than the president himself. Obama’s questionable associations have garnered him plenty of criticism…but only from conservatives. The liberal media has gone out of their way to downplay Obama’s friendship with terrorist Bill Ayers and racist Jeremiah Wright. There’s no way to hide his close association with the despicable Al Sharpton, but that’s okay. To the mainstream clowns who tell us the news, Sharpton is a legitimate civil rights leader.
Look, I get it. The libs are going to go after Scalise, they’re going to call for his resignation, and they’re going to make as much hay from this story as they can. Fair enough; conservatives would do the same if it was a Democrat in Scalise’s position. But when so-called centrist news organizations like NBC, CNN, ABC, and the like push this story to the top of the cycle after ignoring similar scandals on the left, you can’t help but wish for a more balanced media.