Friday, October 24, 2014

Compare and Contrast...

This has been bugging the heck out of me all week.

On the one hand, run "Palin brawl" through Google: 231,000 results.

Contrast that to "Biden cocaine" through Google: 21,100 results.

The story of someone who ran for vice president eight years ago getting into a shouting match at a barbeque has more than an order of magnitude more results than the son of the current vice president getting kicked out of the Navy for illegal drug use.

Oh, but there's no media bias, nossirree. Well, there is, it's just that evil right wing Fox News, you see. MSNBCBSCNN are nothing but paragons of equality and fairness, right? But yeah, the non-story to end all non-stories, about the Palin family being involved in an altercation, has been front-page news for weeks (the brawl happened September 6th).

Yet the son of the Vice President of the United States is discharged from the Navy - after receiving special waivers to get in - for illegal drug use, and it's no big deal. Oh, and speaking of waivers, Hunter also received a second waiver to join the Navy, for a drug related charge he accrued in the late 1980s.

Repeated drug use, special favors, and the media can't be bothered. A dust up at a backyard barbecue and it is front page news for weeks. Nope. No bias here. The media is absolutely dead-on fair. The daughter of a woman who ran for vice president is involved in a shouting match at a party, and that warrants non-stop coverage for six weeks (and counting), whereas the son of the sitting vice president commits an actual crime and the crickets are deafening.

Here's another metric:

CNN's main page, search for Palin: 7 out of the top 10 are about the "brawl" that happened 6 weeks ago.

CNN's main page, search for Biden: 5 out of the top 10 are about Hunter's discharge.

So, the all-news network has more stories about the Palin family getting in an altercation up in Alaska than the son of the Vice President getting kicked out of the Navy for doing coke.

Right. No bias here.

That is all.


Roger said...

And you're surprised?

Weer'd Beard said...

And as we talked about last night, Coke piss-tests are NOT like Weed piss tests. You take one hit on a joint at a bachelor party, you still might flunk that test if that was your only infraction and happened at just that event.

Likely given the nature of the job and the test, Biden had to be HIGH at the time of the test to flunk it.

Probably after CONSTANT warnings that if he wanted to keep this coat-holder phoney-balony job he would need to lay off the nose candy.

Scott_S said...

he recieved an honorable discharge.

0007 said...

Do you suppose thath whores ever get tired of being whores?

Old NFO said...

You actually expected a different result???