Brent Bozell

Media liberals are howling at the apparent injustice of the "anti-Clinton" Washington Free Beacon website, which has dared to paw through old Hillary Clinton history. The hypocrisy is stunning. Let us recall the avalanche of mean-spirited and sleazy "fair game" the networks assembled for us just a few years ago in the last election cycle.

Sarah Palin? She didn't even run, but NBC and Savannah Guthrie needed no documentary evidence to repeat every scurrilous accusation of leftist author Joe McGinniss: She was a horrible mother who used her children as props. Her marriage was a mess of incessant fighting on the verge of divorce. Both Palins used cocaine. And Sarah Palin once slept with pro basketball player Glen Rice.

Michele Bachmann? ABC's Brian Ross used a leftist gay activist from the group Truth Wins Out to create a "pray away the gay" scandal around Michele Bachmann's therapist husband, Marcus.

Rick Perry? CBS anchor Jeff Glor warned of a "race-related firestorm" broken by the Washington Post, a nothing burger that a hunting camp leased by the Perry family had a rock marker with the N-word on it -- which the Perrys painted over -- decades ago.

Herman Cain? The networks aired 100 stories relaying anonymous charges of sexual harassment against Cain before there was an accuser with a name and a face. Shameless George Stephanopoulos dismissed Cain for low character: "There are just too many questions about his honesty, his judgment, his experience, his organization." NBC's Chuck Todd clucked he was a dead man walking.

Newt Gingrich? ABC's Brian Ross eagerly prompted Newt Gingrich's second wife Marianne Gingrich to tell all about her claim that Newt asked for an open marriage: "You know his secrets. You know his skeletons," he said hungrily.

Rick Santorum? NBC's Michael Isikoff jumped right in with this utterly unnecessary attack on his wife Karen: "Newsweek reported that before she married Santorum, she had a six-year live-in relationship with a Pittsburgh abortion doctor 40 years her senior."

Stories from Mitt Romney's private life were routinely "fair game," from the Washington Post's story that Romney may have cut another boy's hair as a prank in high school in 1965 to the alleged horror that the family dog rode inside a cartop carrier on a vacation trip to Canada in 1983.

Brent Bozell

Founder and President of the Media Research Center, Brent Bozell runs the largest media watchdog organization in America.
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