Victor Davis Hanson – from an excellent column When Conservative Felonies Become Liberal Misdemeanors:
Why the disproportionate media reaction to the gaffes and bad behavior by liberal and conservative politicians? The answer is not just the usual explanation that most in the media are sympathetic Democrats.
Instead, the public is conditioned by the media and an elite establishment to assume that Obama, Reid, and Biden are superior moralists — more interested in “issues of social justice.” So when such supposedly more intelligent humanitarians lapse, their offensive or dumb remarks are written off as atypical. Or maybe they are due to extenuating circumstances or honest mistakes.
In contrast, any inanity of a Bush, Lott, or Palin is seen as yet more logical proof of their shallow, unsophisticated emphasis on self rather than society. So, why damage the career of a smart, well-meaning progressive for a moment’s gaffe when his aims are so much more exalted, so much more moral than those of his conservative counterparts?
Yet if all that were true, why, then, as we have seen, do liberals prove as insensitive or unaware as their conservative counterparts?
The arrogance and “morally superior” preening is really getting nausiating!!