Sasha, Malia, And Donny Ray Williams, Jr–When Reporting Race Is Allowed
A white, female, Republican staffer criticized Obama’s daughters, Sasha and Malia, for their eye-rolling behavior and teenage dress sense during a television appearance:
“Dear Sasha and Malia, I get you’re both in those awful teen years, but you’re part of the First Family, try showing a little class. At least respect the part you play. Then again your mother and father don’t respect their positions very much, or the nation for that matter, so I’m guessing you’re coming up a little short in the “good role model” department. Nevertheless, stretch yourself. Rise to the occasion. Act like being in the White House matters to you. Dress like you deserve respect, not a spot at a bar. And certainly don’t make faces during televised, public events.”
In the girls’ defense, they must be very tired of watching their dad pardon the Thanksgiving Turkey.
Here, via Mollie Hemingway at the Federalist [Dear Media: This Elizabeth Lauten Nonsense Is Why Everybody Hates You.] is the coverage of Elizabelth Lauten just from the Washington Post:
- Aide to Tennessee congressman knocks Obama kids
- The long and fraught history of judging the president’s kids
- White House: First daughters should be off-limits
- Indigestion over the Obama girls: Why a GOP staffer’s below-the-belt jabs were particularly wrong.
- GOP aide’s online dig at Obama daughters creates backlash: A GOP staffer criticized the demeanor of Sasha and Malia Obama at the turkey pardoning.
- Criticizing first kids? Still not a good idea. The ex-GOP aide who called out the president’s kids violated the unspoken staffer code.
- GOP aide resigns over criticism of Obama daughters
- When GOP staffer put Obama children ‘at a bar,’ it continued American tradition of trashing black females’ morality: Views like hers historically excused the abuse and disregard of human beings judged not worthy of consideration by people who also prayed.
- Hill staffer quits after comments about first daughters: Those on both sides of the political aisle believed Elizabeth Lauten broke a cardinal rule when she criticized the Obama girls in a Facebook post.
- Nothing classy about Elizabeth Lauten’s criticism of the Obama girls
- Hill staffer Elizabeth Lauten resigns after remarks about Obama daughters
Now let’s turn to Democratic Congressional staffers–Mollie Hemingway writes:
So we know that the national media is deeply concerned about stray insults directed toward the Obama family from Congressional staffers. Is raping people worse than that? Or not? I’m confused. Because a few years ago Congressional staffer Donny Ray Williams, Jr., was indicted for a series of alleged sexual assaults and it got only one “local crime” story in the Washington Post. Yesterday he pled guilty and that also generated one story in the Washington Post. If there’s network coverage of this congressional staffer raping people, I’m not seeing it. Did I mention he was a staff director for Democrats on a Senate panel?
Yes, you did. This is what you didn’t mention–Donny Ray Williams is a black Congressional aide.
Former Democratic congressional aide pleads guilty to sexual assault, By Keith L. Alexander December 2, 2014
The Washington Post doesn’t mention his race either, but they do publish his photograph. Mainstream conservatives who push back against media bias against Republicans frequently note that the media won’t report the party identification of an accused corrupt Democrat official. This is known in the conservative world as “Name That Party.”
See A ‘Name That Party’ Round-Up: The News Media’s Double Standard on Political Scandals, By Rich Noyes, Newsbusters.org, August 18, 2014. In the nature of things, these arrested Democratic politicians tend to be mostly minorities, something mainstream conservatives aren’t willing to say.
In the Donny Ray Williams Case, Instapundit said “The press has gone crazy over a GOP aide who chided the Obama daughters, but I’ll bet they pay a lot less attention to this,” but Instapundit made no mention of race, either.
Two results on Google for Elizabeth Lauten ,who’s had her life turned upside down and lost her job over a Facebook post are
- Why was Elizabeth Lauten such big news?
Washington Post? – 1 day ago
- Elizabeth Lauten Still Doesn’t Seem to Get How She Dehumanized Young Black Girls on Facebook
TIME? – 23 hours ago
The answer to the first is because the people with the Megaphone, especially the Washington Post with its eleven stories above, made it one.
The second is completely mental–Sasha and Malia are the wealthy and privileged daughters of the President of the United States–but you’ll notice that the headline writer is allowed to mention that they’re black. The Main Stream Media won’t ever mention that a criminal is black, but will always mention if a supposed victim is.