When news of Republican Governor Mark Sanford’s extra-curricular activities surfaced this week it was obvious that both sides of the political spectrum would put their own spin on events. Based on the current stereotypes of the 3 “major” cable news networks, one would expect MSNBC to say (essentially) “see I told you so”, FOX to attempt to justify, and CNN to ask people to Tweet them about the news instead of doing their own reporting… And to some extent this was correct, but two other things came to light during the reporting of the Sanford affair. The first is that FOX News seems to have a very liberal grasp of the truth. The second is that Rush Limbaugh has officially lost all sense of reality.
But I am geting a tad ahead of myself here. To borrow a line that FOX News is fond of using: “I’ll report, you decide”:
Mark Sanford, the current South Carolina Governor and former Congressman, has a strong record as a very conservative member of the Republican Party.
While in Congress, Sanford was a staunch conservative (he garnered a lifetime rating of 92 from the American Conservative Union, opposing gay civil unions and abortion – Wikipedia
Even his listing on Conservapedia seems to know his party affiliation, and has since at least January 2008. FOX News in the past has always seemed to know his status as a high ranking member of the Republican party, and in fact he had been linked as a potential running mate for McCain in the 2008 election, and has been mentioned many times as a potential GoP candidate for president in the 2012 election.
After troted out on FOX News at least nine times talking about the the stimulus package, the “Tea Parties”, bailouts, and more, and being correctly recognized as a Republican every time previously, when news of the affair hit the airwaves, all of a sudden the good folks at FOX could not seem to recall Sanford’s political affiliation.
Now one would be jusified in wanting to defend FOX News with the assumption that perhaps this was only a one time mistake. After all, typically when high ranking Republican men have affairs, they tend to be with young men. The fact that Sanford’s affair was with a woman could perhaps lead one to believe that it “must be a Democrat”.
But that would not explainFOX News’ history of doing exactly this same sort of thing previously:
Crooks And Liars also has a good take on many of these instances and a number of others as well.
And then there is Rush. Oh dear Rush… In his radio show, Rush essentially blames Sanford’s affair (which began during the Bush administration) on Obama being president. This is just such an idiotic sentiment from Limbaugh, I’m not even sure how to respond, so I’ll leave it up to Keith Olbermann to make the quip for me.