Anytime a Republican says or does something remotely out of turn, the mainstream media will turn it into a “gaffe” that we hear about for weeks or sometimes years.
Think about it. Remember Mitt Romney’s “binders full of women“? It was an innocent, if less-than-artfully worded phrase that never meant to suggest disrespect toward women. And even if you have to admit it was funny, it’s frustrating that the left trots it out as often as they do.
A Donald Trump tweet can provide the media with fodder until…well, until the next time he tweets. The president is an outlier, however, because all of us can cringe at what he has to say on Twitter sometimes. But the media do seize on Trump’s tweets with a particular viciousness. “Covfefe,” anyone?
The media can even take events that didn’t really happen or took place in a completely different context out of proportion and use them for decades. Remember the story of George H. W. Bush and his supposed amazement at a supermarket scanner? Yeah, it didn’t happen. (Oh, but the Washington Post blames it on our faulty memories rather than political hit jobs by the media. It’s your fault, really.)
I mention all these “gaffes” because a couple of Democrats have committed recent blunders that I can’t help but wonder if the media will even mention. First, Bernie Sanders took a photo with some fans at an event, and the fans held up a sign that read “Jews Against The Occupation.”
The sign is vague enough to suggest just about anything, but it’s fairly obvious that Sanders didn’t check out what he was standing in front of or he might have questioned it before he posed with it. Will the mainstream media call Sanders out for this “gaffe” and remind us about it for weeks on end?
The other recent d’oh moment involved Saikat Chakrabarti, the chief of staff for Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez. He appeared in a photo wearing a t-shirt that bears the image of a Nazi sympathizer and would-be Indian dictator.
For those of you who don’t know who Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was, here’s a bit of a primer. He fancied himself as India’s savior, a potential dictator who fancied a blend of fascism and communism. He admired Mussolini and Tojo and even met with Hitler. In other words, this isn’t a guy you want to align yourself with while you’re calling anyone who disagrees with you a Nazi. But will the mainstream press seize on this poor fashion choice and not let up for months?
I think we know the answer to both of these. Probably not. “Gaffes” are convenient when the media and their left-leaning compatriots can use them against conservatives or members of the GOP. But if one of their own does something that they would pounce on if the other side did, they sweep it under the rug here.
Nothing to see here, folks – at least until a Republican commits a “gaffe.”