Recently, a no-name GOP staffer got into a bit of hot water when she noticed that the Obama children did not seem overly excited to be at the official White House pardoning of a Thanksgiving turkey.
Here’s what Elizabeth Lauten, the communications director for Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-TN), said on Facebook after seeing a picture of the Obama girls looking less than thrilled.
“Dear Sasha and Malia, I get you’re both in those awful teen years, but you’re a part of the First Family, try showing a little class. Dress like you deserve respect, not a spot at a bar.
At least respect the part you play. Then again your mother and father don’t respect their positions very much or the nation foe [sic] that matter, so I’m guessing you’re coming up a little short in the ‘good role model’ department.”
This rebuke from a little known GOP’er caught fire in the media for some reason and had many conservatives shaking their heads and once again pointing to an example of obvious media bias against Republicans. But it wasn’t just conservatives who noticed… CNN’s media critic Brian Stelter also took note.
BRIAN STELTER: There has been some response, and I was really interested in what Sean Spicer, the head of the RNC – the Republican National Committee’s P.R. operation said yesterday. He rebuked what Elizabeth Lauten said. But then, he also said this – and we can put it up on screen: ‘While the comments were inappropriate and insensitive, the mainstream media’s coverage of this story is appalling. In over 20 years in politics, I have never seen one of the countless inappropriate comments by Democrats ever covered to a fraction of this.’
“Sean and I have debated this before about whether Republicans who say foolish things or insensitive things get more attention than Democrats. I think, sometimes, he’s right; sometimes, he’s wrong.”
STELTER: …I do think there’s something to be said, though, for the fact that this was a relatively obscure woman. This wasn’t John Boehner’s chief of staff or something-
JOHN BERMAN: But that’s the thing – but that’s the thing here. I mean, without getting into political relativism – relativism over who can say what, and who gets criticized for saying what, it’s not like John Boehner was saying this-
BERMAN: It’s not like Mitch McConnell was saying this. It’s the communications director for a congressman that most people – many people outside of Tennessee haven’t heard of.
STELTER: No. I mispronounced his name the first time I said the guy’s name on TV over the weekend.
You know, this Facebook post she put up on Thanksgiving was barely even noticed until an African-American website, The Root, noticed it; wrote about it; and then, it went viral. So, you know, it doesn’t – it doesn’t explain away the comments-
BERMAN: It doesn’t make it okay what she said-
STELTER: But it puts them into context.
Just this one segment is more coverage than CNN usually gives any Democrat mistake and it’s just more evidence that the media truly is biased.