The more we know about the two men who are running for president the better.
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with CBS’s “60 Minutes” digging into President Bush’s performance with the Texas Air National Guard, though I’m inclined to think that many of my fellow Americans aren’t going to find Bush’s missing a physical as the scoop of the century. But it’s fine if that’s what network producers find scintillating.
What’s wrong is that CBS and other media outlets, which really ought to be declared 527’s, have double standards.
A blog called Overtaken By Events (thanks Instapundit for tipping me off about OBE) muses on the discrepancy:
“Isn’t it strange that the biggest difference between the Bush National Guard stories and the Kerry Vietnam controversy is that, in the President’s case, it’s the major media dogging the story to death? I don’t seem to recall any hard-nosed investigative reporting into Kerry’s involvement with Vietnam Veterans against the War, a group that actively considered proposals to assassinate government officals. Nor has the New York Times bothered to dig into Kerry’s actual testimony before the Senate in which he impugned every man that served.
“However, you bring up the possibility that Dubya missed a doctor’s appointment, and the AP will spend three years applying all of the resources necessary to uncover the TRUTH.”
Meanwhile, there’s a viewer poll you might want to take on the Media Research Center web site. It asks if you think that the media is “just following the news,” “subconsciously biased,” or “intentionally biased.”
I’m not going to give you the results of the poll, but I’ll say that I think this is an election that is going to change the way we regard the press forever.