Media Double Standards: Jews and Rodeo Clowns
You’ve all heard the story about the rodeo clown in Missouri who wore an Obama mask. The Washington Post has a front page story about it today. It’s a national outrage, apparently. It’s racist somehow. The only explanation for why it is racist is that Obama, the President, happens to be black and that insulates him from mockery for some inexplicable reason. Of course, the exact same scenario could have played out with the rodeo clown wearing a white president’s mask and it wouldn’t be racist. But that’s not the world we live in. Obama is immune from the same mockery white presidents get because Obama happens to be black. Those are the rules. The Rules Written by Leftists.
If you tried to apply some kind of logic to these rules you’d naturally conclude that the following words would be just as outrageous as the rodeo clown wearing an Obama mask:
Turns out Jews actually have a pretty bad record as Fed chairmen. Stick with Protestants.
Right? Close your eyes and pick a conservative pundit / blogger at random. Imagine the words above were written by that pundit / blogger. Logic would dictate that under The Rules Written by Leftists, there would be a front page story on the Washington Post’s website about it. Logic would dictate that Democrats and Republicans would be denouncing this pundit / blogger everywhere demanding he be fired from wherever he works.
But the real heroes of American central banking are Protestants—Eugene Black who knew when to inflate and Paul Volcker who knew when to disinflate. William McChesney Martin I would say ranks alongside Greenspan as a bit of a mixed bag. No coincidence that Martin and Greenspan are the two really long-tenured Fed chairmen. The more years you put on the job the more likely you’ll eventually mess something up.
My emphasis. I don’t really care about the context of these words. Why? Because according to The Rules Written By Leftists context doesn’t matter. If context mattered, the rodeo clown wouldn’t be front page news because Presidents get mocked – it’s an American tradition. That context is lost in the rodeo clown story. So any context in Yglesias’ articles should be thrown out according to The Rules Written By Leftists. The words are hateful according to The Rules.
I’ll await the front page Washington Post article decrying Yglesias’ casual anti-semitism. It’ll probably be a while.