Donvan set the bar of qualifications incredibly low, for Caroline Kennedy had no drug arrests or overdoses, and no rape trials, unlike her cousins: "Other Kennedys of her generation ran afoul of the law, but Caroline Kennedy raised her kids and did work for charity and did the family name proud." Never mind that she admitted doing drugs in the 1970s "like a typical member of that generation."
Caroline is also allegedly qualified because she had no Chappaquiddick: "Consider this, Ted Kennedy, same name, but it took him years to figure out how to become the Lion of the Senate, with multiple missteps along the way, not always doing the name proud. ... At least she has kept it the way it was remembered, as part of a story that so many wanted to believe in."
Back in August, this same network treated John McCain's choice of Palin with nothing less than contempt. They "looked a little like father and daughter out for an ice cream," said ABC's David Wright. This is the same David Wright who swooned when Caroline Kennedy endorsed Obama last January. Obama became the "adopted son of Camelot ... blessed not just by the Lion of the Senate, but by JFK's daughter."
McCain aide Mike DuHaime attempted to tout Palin's "incredible life story" when she was first picked, but ABC anchor Bill Weir told him that in the "brutality of a national campaign," Palin was neglecting her duties as a mother: "She has an infant with special needs. Will that affect her campaigning?" This is the same Bill Weir who found the first whispers of Caroline Kennedy for Senate "exciting to talk about."
Reporters are incredibly transparent in their biases these days. Experience is a huge issue -- unless a Kennedy is running. Motherhood isn't a qualification for office -- unless a Kennedy is running. Smarts are important -- unless a Kennedy is running.
In short, the media have a slight possibility of being fair -- unless a Kennedy is running. You know?
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