Yesterday we reported on the despicable cartoon published by the Washington Post attacking the daughters of Ted Cruz as monkeys. For anyone who hasn’t seen it, the image is posted below:
Attacking children is off the table – unless it’s a conservative’s children apparently. Cruz fired back on Twitter and the image was eventually removed from the the WaPo’s website:
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) December 22, 2015
There were no consequences for its artist, Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Ann Telnaes.
Many of us probably mumbled to ourselves that had it been a Republican who did the same there would’ve been media outrage and serious consequences.
And if you thought that, you’re correct.
I present to you Exhibit A: Elizabeth Lauten, a former communications director for Rep. Stephen Lee Fincher. In 2014, Lauten criticized Obama’s daughters for how they dressed during a televised event.
And what was the result?
Lauten’s post went viral and as it circulated on social media it drew a lot of criticism and some accusations of cybe- bullying. Many came to the defense of the girls, saying the children of the president should be off-limits to critics and that Lauten went way too far.
Someone started a petition on change.org calling for Lauten to be fired. It said given her job as a communications director, her comments about the young women were particularly “horrifying.”
It didn’t take long after her original post for the backlash to prompt Lauten to take to Facebook once again and offer an apology.
And because she was a Republican, this led to a resignation.
There was however a pocket of sanity quoted in the article:
The committee’s communications director, Sean Spicer, wrote on Twitter Monday that while Lauten’s comments were “inappropriate and insensitive,” the mainstream media’s coverage of the Lauten story is “appalling.” Spicer wrote that in 20 years of working in politics he’s never seen the same level of coverage applied to inappropriate comments made by Democrats.
It’s been 21 years now for Spicer, and nothing has changed.
[Note: This article was written by The Analytical Economist]