The Big Double Standard
Ah well. I can explain. There's a double standard — but that's okay! You see, NBC News is allowed to lie and get away with it because they're good. Breitbart couldn't even tell the truth without catching hell because he was bad. See the difference? It's subtle I know — in fact, it's so subtle you may have to be a big time literary theorist and legal scholar to understand it. So let's turn for an explanation to big time literary theorist and legal scholar Stanley Fish.
Recently (as my colleague Michael Walsh pointed out to me) Stanley Fish wrote an article for the New York Times explaining why there was a firestorm when Rush Limbaugh made an inappropriate remark about a woman whereas Bill Maher and Ed Schultz made even worse sexist remarks but remained relatively unscathed. "Schultz and Maher are the good guys; they are on the side of truth and justice," Stanley Fish and his mighty mind explained. "Rush Limbaugh is the bad guy; he is on the side of every nefarious force that threatens our democracy." There you have it. It's okay when leftists are evil because they're good; but it's evil when patriots are good because they're evil.
Now I understand you may need a few more years of graduate school before you can understand the reasoning of a very smart man like Stanley Fish, but it's worth the effort because with a presidential election coming up, I'm pretty sure we're going to see a lot more lies from the mainstream media like the ones we saw from NBC News. And I wouldn't want you to think that mainstream journalists were being evil when they were only being evil out of goodness. Because if you couldn't see that their evil was good because they were good when they were being evil, you might carry Mr. Capus and some of his MSM buddies out of their offices and tar and feather them in the public square.
And that would be evil. Or good. Really, it's hard to say.
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