CNN, among others, reminded us that Breitbart "falsely" accused Shirley Sherrod, a black Department of Agriculture official, of discriminating against a white farmer. Actually, Breitbart published what he later learned was an out-of-context excerpt from a speech Sherrod delivered at an NAACP function. Sherrod, in the part Breitbart published, told the audience that she intentionally refused to help the farmer who wanted a loan. The audience laughed -- before they learned that Sherrod did, indeed, help the farmer. Breitbart argued that this laughter showed the NAACP -- which had just accused the tea party of racism -- tolerating discrimination against whites. It was a legitimate point.
CBS's then-anchor Dan Rather relied on phony documents in his hit piece on President George W. Bush. Rather refused to admit his wrongdoing even after CBS fired him for his gross negligence. New York Times reporter Jason Blair's fabricated stories brought down Times management. Janet Cooke wrote bogus stories for The Washington Post. USA Today gave us screaming -- and quite false -- front-page stories accusing racists of targeting and burning black churches. There are many examples of false, biased, slanted, negligent and agenda-driven stories by the same "respectable" media that sniff at people like Breitbart -- who, right now, deserves a well-earned victory lap. He does have an agenda -- to prick the supposedly nonpartisan media into behaving more nonpartisan.
As for Weiner, lucky for him there is a "D" at the end of his title. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, refuses to say whether he and other GOP House members pushed then-Rep. Chris Lee, R-N.Y., into resigning after the married lawmaker sent a shirtless photo of himself to a woman he met on Craigslist. But hours after Boehner met with Lee, he resigned. The non-traditional values party, the Democratic Party, operates differently because, apparently, less is expected from its elected officials.
Expect few tears from non-Democrats for the New York "street fighter." To people like Weiner, proponents of limited government are not merely wrong. They are rotten people. To people like Weiner, non-liberals cannot sincerely believe ObamaCare will reduce the quality of care, cause government-led rationing and fail to reduce costs. Such people are deranged, knuckle-dragging, country club degenerates who despise the poor, the sick and the elderly.
This explains Weiner's partisanship. How does the traditional media explain theirs?
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