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*It's Okay If You're a Republican.

Let's start with Alaska shall we?  Imagine the outrage of this had happened to a Democrat:

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Former Gov. Frank Murkowski pardoned a select handful of individuals in his last days in office, among them the son of a state employee the governor had appointed.

"You have exhibited positive behavior and positive attitude since this incident," Murkowski wrote in a Nov. 30, 2006, letter pardoning Ryan Angelo Sargento of a misdemeanor theft charge. "I want to assist you in continuing to be a productive, contributing member to your family and community. I trust you will not abuse the purpose of this extraordinary action."

Sargento, 28, now has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of 30-year-old John Lee Taylor Jr., who was shot in Mountain View on June 2.

Police found a bag of suspected drugs and 9 mm shell casings at the shooting scene, and witnesses told investigators the dispute may have started after Taylor sought out Sargento because he had Taylor's cell phone, according to police.

Nothing in court and pardon records suggest that Taylor's death might have been avoided had Sargento not been pardoned in 2006, although Sargento has had continual problems with the law since the pardon.

Oh wait, we do know what would have happened:  Non-stop media coverage of a pardon of Marc Rich by an outgoing President Bill Clinton is one example (at least Rich didn't kill anyone).  

And who can forget Willie Horton's criminal acts while on a weekend release from prison was blamed on then Presidential Governor Dukakis.  Dukakis had no specific involvement in deciding who to release under that program nor was it a program he had initiated, as opposed to Gov. Mike Huckabee who advocated for the release of convicted  Wayne Dumond

The bottom line is simple. Mike Huckabee championed the release of a specific convicted rapist who, once release, raped and killed a woman in Missouri. The furlough policy advocated by Mike Dukakis led to the furlough of Willie Horton, who raped a woman in Maryland and stabbed her fiancee. But Mike Dukakis had never heard of Willie Horton, whereas Mike Huckabee was well aware of the crimes and dangers posed by Wayne Dumond. Anyone who doesn't see the substantive difference between the two cases just isn't looking.

Dukakis slid into obscurity.  Huckabee was rewarded with his own Fox News show.

Then there is the more recent example of Helen Thomas.  After an illustrious career she made one outrageous error in her old age stating the Jews in  Israel should return the land of Palestine to the Palestinians and return to Germany and Poland.  She promptly resigned the next day.  

Yet when has Bill O'Reilly or Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh ever been forced to resign for their constant racial slurs and incitement to violence against liberals, minorities and President Obama.

Remember these?  First Beck:

Then there's Limbaugh playing Barack the Magic Negro on air and then complaining about criticism of it:

Then of course. Billo, imploring Al Qaeda bomb San Francisco, or comparing Gays to Terrorists:

Still employed last I heard.

As for deficits, Barack Obama is the worst President in history for running up the deficits that are destroying our economy. When Bush ran up deficits far in excess of what Obama has done, what was the Republican response back then?

The line is not likely to make this week's eulogies to Ronald Reagan, but when Vice President Cheney allegedly declared, "Reagan proved deficits don't matter," he summed up an enduring argument from the former president's economic legacy.

In late 2002, Cheney had summoned the Bush administration's economic team to his office to discuss another round of tax cuts to stimulate the economy. Then-Treasury Secretary Paul H. O'Neill pleaded that the government -- already running a $158 billion deficit -- was careering toward a fiscal crisis. But by O'Neill's account of the meeting, Cheney silenced him by invoking his take on Reagan's legacy.

And now for a note on Sex scandals.  One name: Democrat Eliot Spitzer.  He was caught with a prostitute and forced to resign as Governor of New York within a few days.  But what about Republican Senator John Ensign of Nevada, caught in an adultery and hush money cover-up scandal?  Has he resigned from the US Senate?  Of course not.  Still a Senator in good standing.

Or what about Republican Senator David Vitter? He's still in office, having refused to resign and he;s running again for re-election to the US Senate. And he's likely to win.

So I doubt Senator Lisa Murkowski's father is in any trouble. Just as all those Republicans who continue to support off and on shore oil and gas drilling (Sarah Palin, anyone) will get off scot free.

While President Obama catches hell for the Deep Horizon disaster, it was President Bush and Vice President Cheney who gutted the Mineral Management Service's budget and regulatory authority and stocking it with Republican cronies who approved BP's safety records without even doing the safety checks themselves.  Yet no one is rushing to make Republicans the bad guys in this case.

Just like they weren't the bad guys for allowing mountain top removal and oil and gas "fracking" in Pennsylvania and West Virginia which has caused and continues to cause untold damage to the environments of those and other states as this teaser for the documentary "Gasland" makes clear:

Did you catch that part about the regulations being relaxed to the point of essentially being useless in 2005?  And who pray tell ruled the political landscape in 2005?  Why Republicans of course.  Just like they were in charge when Enron cheated California residents out of billions of dollars in one of the largest White Collar crimes in history.  Or when they allowed Wall Street to run rampant with its unregulated derivatives trading nearly sending our country into a second Great depression.

Somehow the US media rarely seems to get around to making that connection that it has been the policies of the Republican party which have destroyed our economy, our environment, and fought costly and unnecessary overseas wars to little or no benefit while helping to weaken our military.  If I were a conspiracy theorist I'd have to wonder why that is, but I already know the answer: IOKIYAR.

Originally posted to Steven D on Mon Jun 14, 2010 at 06:14 AM PDT.

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  •  It's the 1st Amendment (2+ / 0-)
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    Calamity Jean, whoknu

    Press freedom is a business freedom protecting info/communication corporations from almost any interference or responsibility.

    They're promoting their interests as they are Constitutionally protected to do.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Mon Jun 14, 2010 at 06:17:29 AM PDT

  •  Excellent diary! (16+ / 0-)

    The Right Wing are such hypocritical assholes, which wouldn't bother me so much if they didn't have any power, but they do.

    As for the media:  Good Lord, the biggest news story in ten years or so--the invasion of a sovereign nation (Iraq) by the US military for completely bogus reasons--almost all the media got it wrong.  The media really, really sucks for the most part.  Sometimes I wonder if some of them are paid to write a story a certain way and sometimes I just think they are dumb beyond hope (I read a Spokane, Washington newspaper article this morning where the subtitle read that the police were not calling a spray-painted swastika on someone's home a "hate crime"; however, when you read the article the police say that the perpetrator will be charged with "malicious harassment."  Well, "malicious harassment" IS the name of a hate crime in Washington state.  I know this and I don't even live in the state, but apparently the newspaper reporter and editor don't know this!

  •  Really? (1+ / 0-)
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    longislandny

    Imagine the outrage of this had happened to a Democrat

    IMO you have chosen a very poor example if this is the point you wish to make. Dukakis was running for president; Clinton of course was the president. That is why those guys pardoning people got tons of press. When the governor of one of the least populated states in the country pardons someone, it doesn't get tons of press. If Murkowski runs for POTUS and this pardon isn't in the news, then your diary will make sense.

    I'm in the I-fucking-love-this-guy wing of the Democratic Party!

    by doc2 on Mon Jun 14, 2010 at 06:42:06 AM PDT

    •  Then explain Huckabee (6+ / 0-)

      "I just had the basic view of the American public -- it can't be that bad out there." Marine Travis Williams after 11 members of his squad were killed.

      by Steven D on Mon Jun 14, 2010 at 06:44:50 AM PDT

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      •  No explanation needed. (0+ / 0-)

        His pardon wasn't an issue in 08 thanks to luck in timing for him. But it will very likely be an issue if he runs in 12. If not, rerun your diary then. You can't use your own predictions of the future to prove a point today.

        I'm in the I-fucking-love-this-guy wing of the Democratic Party!

        by doc2 on Mon Jun 14, 2010 at 06:47:34 AM PDT

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        •  why wasn't it an issue? (2+ / 0-)
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          Angie in WA State, revgerry

          that is a legitimate question.  He was running for President, Dukakis was running for President.  Dukakis got slammed in the press for the Horton thing, and Huckabee basically got a pass.  There is no false equivalency here.  
          True, if MH runs for prez in 2012, it certainly could come up again, and it definitely should.  But he already ran for prez and it wasn't made into a big deal. That's not predicting the future, it's historical.

          •  Huckabee pardoned (0+ / 0-)

            someone who committed a crime well AFTER the 2008 race. While Huckabee has other questionable pardons, this is the big one. The media didn't cover it in 08 because it happened in 09.

            I'm in the I-fucking-love-this-guy wing of the Democratic Party!

            by doc2 on Mon Jun 14, 2010 at 06:57:21 AM PDT

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            •  Huffington Post covered it in 2007 (7+ / 0-)

              It was an issue in the 2008 race.

              After Dumond's release from prison in September 1999, he moved to Smithville, Missouri, where he raped and suffocated to death a 39-year-old woman named Carol Sue Shields. Dumond was subsequently convicted and sentenced to life in prison for that rape and murder.

              But Dumond's arrest for those crimes in June 2001 came too late for 23-year-old Sara Andrasek of Platte County, Missouri. Dumond allegedly raped and murdered her just one day before his arrest for raping and murdering Shields. Prior to the attack, Andrasek and her husband had learned that she was pregnant with their first child.

              I agree with the author.  Huck got a pass.

    •  And all the other examples (5+ / 0-)

      I listed.

      Really your comments do you a disservice.

      "I just had the basic view of the American public -- it can't be that bad out there." Marine Travis Williams after 11 members of his squad were killed.

      by Steven D on Mon Jun 14, 2010 at 06:46:55 AM PDT

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      •  You do not agree that your (0+ / 0-)

        example of comparing a small-state governor to presidential-level politicians, the central example of your diary, was ill-conceived? You don't understand my point?

        I'm in the I-fucking-love-this-guy wing of the Democratic Party!

        by doc2 on Mon Jun 14, 2010 at 06:49:08 AM PDT

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      •  and Steven D you DO.... (2+ / 0-)
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        Steven D, dancewater

        list a lot of examples in your diary.

        •  His examples are really poor ones. (0+ / 0-)

          I believe that IOKIYAR exists, I just think that this particular diary does nothing to show it.

          I'm in the I-fucking-love-this-guy wing of the Democratic Party!

          by doc2 on Mon Jun 14, 2010 at 06:59:58 AM PDT

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          •  Fine give me your examples (1+ / 0-)
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            BoxerDave

            Love to see them.

            "I just had the basic view of the American public -- it can't be that bad out there." Marine Travis Williams after 11 members of his squad were killed.

            by Steven D on Mon Jun 14, 2010 at 07:15:01 AM PDT

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            •  I didn't write a diary about IOKIYAR, (0+ / 0-)

              you did. I have noted that you are extremely sensitive to any criticism, even if it is politely offered. If you want to write a diary, spend some time doing research, and write one that supports your position well. That is not the reader's job.

              I'm in the I-fucking-love-this-guy wing of the Democratic Party!

              by doc2 on Mon Jun 14, 2010 at 07:17:26 AM PDT

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              •  doc2, you are extremely critical.... (7+ / 0-)

                ...not only of this diarist, but at another thread today as well. I'm soryy you seem to be having a bad day and wish to inflict it on others here.

                I haven't read anything polite about your comments to Steven D.  Here's some examples of your politeness:

                His examples are really poor ones

                IMO you have chosen a very poor example if this is the point you wish to make.

                His pardon wasn't an issue in 08 thanks to luck in timing for him. But it will very likely be an issue if he runs in 12. If not, rerun your diary then.

                ...the central example of your diary, was ill-conceived...

                As for his research:  you'll note his diary is well-linked. You just don't like this diary fine. We get it.

                •  Not only that, but doc2 got his facts wrong (5+ / 0-)

                  Huckabee had Dumond released in 1999.  He was convicted of rape and murder in 2001.

                  You're entitled to your own opinion, .....

                •  Thanks for the kind words (1+ / 0-)
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                  BoxerDave

                  I didn't really expect doc2 to come up with anything.

                  For whatever reason he or she has taken to appearing in my diaries to criticize them.  That's doc2's right of course, but I do get the sense that it wouldn't matter what I wrote about.

                  He or she, in my opinion, has some personal grudge against me or other issue with my personality. I don't claim to be the greatest blogger on the internet and I recognize criticism comes with the territory but occasionally you run into people who simply decide they don;t like you.

                  doc2 appeared in this diary of mine also to castigate my point of view and anyone who dared to agree with it.  Completely different subject.

                  doc2 troll rated me in this diary and refused to remove his troll rating at Meteor Blades suggestion even after I removed the offensive material (a Nazi comparison regarding their retaliatory murder of civilians to the US military's use of cluster bombs to attack a village in Yemen in which suspected terrorists resided) to which he or she objected. So perhaps that where all this started.

                  In any event, I've discovered that dialogue with he or she is generally a waste of time.

                  "I just had the basic view of the American public -- it can't be that bad out there." Marine Travis Williams after 11 members of his squad were killed.

                  by Steven D on Mon Jun 14, 2010 at 08:00:13 AM PDT

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    •  scope of the actor (4+ / 0-)

      as you point out, the position of the person who  is under question certainly enhances the attention the media gives to the incident.  You neglected to mention that Huckabee did run for president.  His pardon story did come up, IIRC, but it did not get nearly the press nor did the press try to create the damage to MH that was given to Dukakis.  I was only 13 when Dukakis was running, and I remember what a slimy hack-job it was, and I really wasn't into politics then.

    •  Dukakis pardoned no one. (2+ / 0-)
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      Angie in WA State, revgerry

      Willie Horton was out for a weekend furlough, presumably earned through good behavior, per the established policies of the dept of corrections. Dukakis had nothing to do with it, other than his status as governor at the time. AFAIK, the program was not even on anyone's radar until the Horton incident.

      Huck, OTOH, campaigned for this guy's release like he was an unjustly convicted family member.

      "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

      by happy camper on Mon Jun 14, 2010 at 08:14:59 AM PDT

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  •  Enthralled (1+ / 0-)
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    BoxerDave

    Those who worship at the feet of the powerful secretly wish to become powerful themselves. They become enthralled with the antics of those who advance the agenda of the powerful elite because they believe they too will become important and powerful.  They then ridicule and belittle anyone who dares hold the powerful to account or show that the powerful have/do in fact cause problems for other people and the world in general.
    The "they" in this post would be the media, enablers of corrupt, crony capitalism, because that is the path to power in this country right now.

  •  I couldn't watch 4 minutes of Glenn Beck (6+ / 0-)

    That's really too much for any sane person.

    But your point is correct. Our "liberal media" have a double standard  when it comes to holding Democrats and Republicans accountable.

    "Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts." Daniel Patrick Moynihan

    by atlliberal on Mon Jun 14, 2010 at 07:14:11 AM PDT

  •  Excellent compilation. IOKIYAR indeed. (3+ / 0-)
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    BoxerDave, Steven D, greengemini

    US press mainly consists of third rate two-bit hacks.

    BP - Proving Oil and Water do mix.
    I want a no-drama Obama, not an emobama.

    by amk for obama on Mon Jun 14, 2010 at 07:28:52 AM PDT

  •  fact of life. Get used to it. (2+ / 0-)
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    BoxerDave, happy camper

    The media narratives are set by the conservative Village media. That isn't going to change anytime soon.  Nothing less than a reagan style landslide of 48 or 49 states will change it. The Village is firmly convinced that the rest of the country is conservative like they are. As far as they're concerned, conservatives can do no wrong and liberals can do no right.

    A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

    by dougymi on Mon Jun 14, 2010 at 07:34:12 AM PDT

    •  How about this dougymi: (1+ / 0-)
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      dougymi

      perhaps the media (i.e., the conservative Village media) will become less biased as people stop subscribing to their newspapers, stop watching them on network news programs, etc.  Maybe making them less profitable will change them.  Maybe the changing landscape of how "news" information is produced and consumed will help change the media bias. Certainly, a left of center landslide in a national election would do it, but that won't happen in my lifetime.  I'm hoping (?dreaming) that something more likely to happen (such as the changing business aspects of media) will occur that will change the bias.

      •  Don't think so, but I hope you're right (1+ / 0-)
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        BoxerDave

        They're just blaming it on the internet, not their coverage (see any howard kurtz article in the wapo).  As long as they've got a scapegoat, their behavior won't change.  It ain't their fault, it's the damn internet.

        A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

        by dougymi on Mon Jun 14, 2010 at 08:15:09 AM PDT

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  •  anyone who doesn't believe (0+ / 0-)

    IOKAYR is bat shit crazy.  The examples are NOT as one poster stated not important. The corporate media supports Republican lawlessness and stupidity. They heap all kinds of time to anything a Dem. does. Look at the time Chris Matthews is giving to the Tea Party.  Every statistical analysis indicates the party is losing steam, but he is promoting them beyond anything rational.  One of the anchors on PBS described them as a "grass roots" movement.  Anyone with any knowledge knows they were supported by right wing pacs.  
     

    Rove needs to be water boarded.

    by regis on Mon Jun 14, 2010 at 10:37:43 AM PDT

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