October 5, 2006
I love the hypocrisy of the big media. When Bill Clinton was involved with his sex scandals – and there were more than one – the big media told us it was a private matter and didn’t affect Clinton’s work. It was no one’s business, except that of Clinton and his family. Now that congressman Mark Foley is accused of sending sexually-suggestive e-mails to young house pages (though no one has yet charged he had sex with any of them) – suddenly the media is playing the role of the moral police.
It is sexual harassment when a powerful person hits upon a subordinate, except when Bill Clinton does it to an intern. The media have different standards for democrats – like senator Ted Kennedy and Congressman Barney Frank.
Let me tell you what this is really about – as if you didn’t know. The Democrat slime machine is in full swing. From Bob Woodward calling President Bush a liar, to outing Mark Foley just before the election, when Foley’s sexual preferences have long been known, this is a clever strategy to discourage so-called values voters from voting. Will it work? Democrats and their media friends hope it will. But it’s up to you and me to make sure it doesn’t.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.