11 May 2009

Good for the Goose, not so Good for the Gander?

It seems again that the Media Double Standard is alive and well: Golf Analyst David Veherty was reported by FoxNews this weekend as saying:

"From my own experience visiting the troops in the Middle East, I can tell you this though," Feherty wrote toward the end of his column. "Despite how the conflict has been portrayed by our glorious media, if you gave any U.S. soldier a gun with two bullets in it, and he found himself in an elevator with Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Osama bin Laden, there's a good chance that Nancy Pelosi would get shot twice, and Harry Reid and bin Laden would be strangled to death."
Feherty, a former Ryder Cup player who grew up in Northern Ireland, has gone to Iraq over Thanksgiving the past two years to visit with U.S. troops, and he created a foundation to help wounded soldiers.

"This passage was a metaphor meant to describe how American troops felt about our 43rd president," Feherty said in a statement. "In retrospect, it was inappropriate and unacceptable, and has clearly insulted Speaker Pelosi and Senator Reid, and for that, I apologize. As for our troops, they know I will continue to do as much as I can for them both at home and abroad."

He apologized later for what he said.

Wanda Sykes at a press dinner where 'Our Beloved Leader' was enjoying a 'worship me' service said:

"Rush Limbaugh, I hope the country fails, I hope his kidneys fail, how about that? He needs a good water boarding, that's what he needs."

She has not apologized for wishing the death of someone.

Personally, I don't think either one should apologize. They were both making offhand remarks about their underlying political leanings. Verehty was only drudging up an old joke, and only inserted different names. Sykes was using the recent comments (although wrongly) by Limbaugh and turned it around.

Remember, anything done in the presence of our 'Beloved Leader' is acceptable and proved worthy. Just don't insult the 'Beloved Leader's Gestapo'.

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