Obiter Dicta

Liberals Don’t Make Hay

Posted: June 18, 2014

Tim Graham of Newsbusters.org has detailed the media’s reaction to the audtiotapes of Hillary Clinton’s discussion of her criminal defense of a child rapist: “The same Washington Post that suggested it was dramatic front-page news in 2012 that Mitt Romney cut another student’s hair in high school in 1965 didn’t find front-page news in Hillary Clinton laughing about defending a child rapist in the 1970s.”

“The Post had a front-page story Tuesday on backlogs of rape kits, but the backlog of Hillary’s old tapes on defending a man who raped a 12-year-old girl was consigned to a page 2 column by Melinda Henneberger. The “Hillary Tapes” scoop is the latest from Alana Goodman at The Washington Free Beacon. ... The Post liked Richard Nixon’s tapes much more.”

Readers can find the tapes at TheWashington Free Beacon. The more important thing is what the media consider news, as Mr. Graham wrote, noting their much different reaction to Rep. Tod Akin’s remarks about “legitimate rape.”

Graham also noted the online title of Ms. Henneberg’s column: “‘Conservatives are making hay out of Hillary Clinton’s defense of an accused rapist.’ When the Post rips into a Republican, it’s not ‘liberals making hay,’ it’s ‘objective’ journalists making history.”



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