Today the children of Ted Cruz were featured in the Washington Post. They were caricatured as two little monkeys (let that register…two monkeys) and the cartoonist justified this portrayal by saying “…when a politician uses his children as political props, as Ted Cruz recently did in his Christmas parody video in which his eldest daughter read (with her father’s dramatic flourish) a passage of an edited Christmas classic, then I figure they are fair game.” Keep in mind that the cartoonist is talking about two children who are both under five years old, and have no control over what their father does in this regard. This is just another glaring example of the double standard that the media applies to conservatives.
Imagine what the reaction would be if someone portrayed the President’s two daughters as two little monkeys. There would be an outcry in the media and people would call for the firing of the cartoonist. The conversation would center on the racist motives of the cartoonist, and how it underscores the deeper and more serious problems of race in America. But Mr. Cruz is the “wrong” color, and he is on the “wrong” end of the political spectrum so there is no discussion of racism, and the reaction is nowhere near what it would be if he was a black liberal. This is not the first time that we have seen this type of behavior by the liberal media. We see it in the way that that they treat conservative women and any black person who does not hold to leftist orthodoxy.
In the world of these self righteous elites it is okay to call Dr. Ben Carson an idiot if one disagrees with his politics, but if you disagree with President Obama’s policies on the other hand you are immediately labeled a racist. It is okay for a columnist to write an article wishing that Sarah Palin ends up in a black neighborhood, and gets raped by a bunch of black men. In their warped thinking that is neither sexist nor racist. Calling Condeleeza Rice “Aunt Jemima” is fair game, calling Michelle Bachman a tart, and wishing that Clarence Thomas dies of a heart attack does not elicit the type of spirited defense we usually see reserved for those who conform to their political leanings.
For many years people in the press have referred to decent Americans in the tea party as “tea baggers” (even President Obama and Vice President Biden have used this term). If there is anyone unfamiliar with the term “tea bagger” go look it up. Compare the reaction to calling Americans who simply disagree with certain policies teabaggers, to the reaction to Donald Trump saying that Hillary Clinton was schlonged (a term that NPR used in 2011 when discussing Geraldine Ferraro’s election defeat a couple decades earlier). When the term is used by someone that these people do not like, it is vulgar and sexist, but it is a completely different matter when it is used by those who share their views.
These people so badly lack any sense of self awareness that they do not see the blatant hypocrisy in their behavior. Hopefully fair minded people on all sides of the political divide will see this conduct, call them out on it, and question the reason for this constant unfair treatment of those who disagree with them . Martin Luther King said that “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”. Too many of these folks seem to believe that unfairness/injustice only matter when it involves those who subscribe to their political convention.