Oh McGurn, you've done it again! The increasingly terrific Bill McGurn hits nail on head in this morning's Wall Street Journal. How come it's no big deal to the press when President Obama says he believes marriage is between a man and a woman — but when Rick Santorum says it, the media goes ballistic?
There's no mystery why. Mr. Santorum is attacked because everyone understands that he means what he says.
President Obama, by contrast, gets a pass because everyone understands—nudge nudge, wink wink—that he's not telling the truth. The press understands that this is just one of those things a Democratic candidate has to say so he doesn't rile up the great unwashed.
It's arguably the most glaring double standard in American life today.
Well, exactly. The same media that goes nuts when a conservative Republican cheats on his wife because, oh, the hypocrisy, loooves hypocrisy when a leftist does it in order to beguile the idiot people.
I'm not a social conservative, for the most part. More on the libertarian side of the divide. But the arguments of my socially conservative friends are anything but "hateful," or "bigoted," and they deserve a hearing. In some cases — abortion, for instance — they've convinced me they're in the right.
So the fact that the news media only wallops social conservatism when it's honest is almost enough to make me feel we have a corrupt, hypocritical, biased, low and even insidious group of people delivering our information in this country.
Nah. Couldn't be.
Anyway, read the whole column. It's great.