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Mitt Romney's campaign welcomed the endorsement of a washed-up rock-n-roller who said President Obama could "suck on my machine gun." Where's the outrage?
April 18, 2012 |
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In the realm of political outrages, a clear double standard exists: those directed against the president of the United States or his Democratic allies are simply regarded as white noise. Ever since the election of the nation's first African-American president, the media seem to have become acclimated to a right-wing rhetorical landscape so fraught with racism and violence that words once unthinkable as public utterances by supporters of a Republican candidate barely register as such. Yet, cowed as they are by the right-wing message machine, media figures often feel that they dare not ignore even the most ridiculous of right-wing talking points.
When CNN commentator Hilary Rosen took let loose some snark at Ann Romney's life as a privileged stay-at-home mom, the lag time for a media response could be measured in minutes. Ann Romney, wife of the likely GOP presidential nominee, "never worked a day in her life," Rosen said. The Rosen remark, said Ann Romney in an overheard conversation at a Romney fundraiser, turned out to be an "early birthday present." The Romney campaign wrapped it up with a bow and ran with it, and for the next six days, the Rosen remark drew an endless supply of tweets, op-eds and television punditry.
So when Mitt Romney's campaign warmly welcomed the endorsement of a washed-up rock-n-roller who called President Barack Obama "a piece of shit" who should "suck on my machine gun," one would imagine media bedlam ensuing. But despite our best efforts -- blogging, tweeting, listicle-writing -- the media responded with radio silence.