Here are a few mainstream media
rules of thumb:
- Minority Democrats in
public office are inspirational role models.
Minority Republicans in public office are
- Minority Democrat politicians
are principled. Minority Republican politicians are
- Minority Democrat politicians
represent the hopes and dreams of all Americans.
Minority Republican politicians are traitors to their
These rules are unwritten, of
course, but the minority politician double standard is
glaringly obvious in the national media fawning over
newly-elected U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-Ill.). After
Obama`s Democratic National Convention address this
summer, the New York
Times exulted: "As
Quickly as Overnight, a New Democratic Star Is Born."
A headline in the
Christian Science Monitor echoed: "A
Star is Born."
USA Today panted:
"Rising star brings Democrats to their feet."
NBC`s Andrea Mitchell
enthused: "I think the real breakout tonight is
Obama. I mean Teresa is a fascinating story but Obama is
a rock star!"
Time magazine`s Joe Klein proclaimed:
"He is the best argument for the American dream that`s
around in politics."
Obama`s personal story is certainly
biracial Obama is son of a Kenyan immigrant and a
rarely-mentioned white mother (who raised him after
his father ditched the family at returned to Africa when
Obama was 2). A civil rights lawyer, Obama skyrocketed
in the Democratic ranks from Illinois state senator to
U.S. senator in just a few short years. He has been
blessed with good looks, good luck, polished speaking
skills, and prodigious fund-raising abilities. After his
historic election victory, he appeared on NBC`s "Meet
the Press," ABC`s "This Week," and a slew of cable and
local news shows. His autobiography,
Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance,
was a recent best-seller and he has now signed with
"D.C. superagent" Robert Barnett for future
lucrative book deals.
Obama isn`t the only example of
"the American dream that`s around in politics,"
however. At least two other noteworthy minority
politicians won unprecedented election victories last
But you won`t hear Andrea Mitchell
or Joe Klein swooning over their success stories—because
these invisible American Dream candidates belong to the
wrong party and believe all the wrong things.
Republican Van Tran, a
Vietnamese-American, is a staunch defender of the
Second Amendment, immigration
marriage, tax cuts, the war in Iraq, and the
sanctity of life. He is also a self-described
"Reagan kid" and an outspoken
anti-Communist who escaped his
native land when he was 10.
He has been targeted for his views
and carries a
concealed weapon to protect himself. Tran was
elected to the California State assembly, and is the
first Vietnamese-American to serve in the statehouse.
Bobby Jindal, 33-year-old son of Indian immigrants,
was elected to Congress with a whopping 78 percent of
the vote in his Louisiana district. A pro-life Catholic,
Rhodes Scholar, free-market health policy guru,
reform-minded college administrator, and Bush adviser,
Jindal bounced back from a close gubernatorial loss to
become the first Indian-American in Congress since 1956.
He raised so much money for his campaign that he
showered $25,000 of it to the Republican National
Committee; $12,500 to the Louisiana Republican Party;
and an estimated $125,000 to 45 Republican candidates
around the country.
Tran and Jindal are remarkable
rising stars, but as New York Times editorial
writer Adam Cohen once described Jindal in a
derisive profile, minority conservatives are
regarded by the mainstream media elite as "freakish"—no
matter how impressive their resumes or resounding their
electoral victories or moving their personal stories
Doubt that such media bias exists?
The next time "objective" journalists gush about
Democratic Sen.-elect Obama, drop them a note and ask
them to name a single minority Republican public
official (besides pro-choice, pro-affirmative action,
dovish Colin Powell) that they truly admire.
Don`t expect a reply
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Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists,
Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores.
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