Monday, December 29, 2008


A tale of two fitness buffs ...

This blogger has pointed out on many, many occasions that the mainstream media is not only biased in favor of left-wingers, it regularly employs left-wing-favoring double standards in its everyday reporting and pontificating.

Case in point: The media has breathlessly published pictures of B. Hussein Obama's buff body, while issuing equally breathless reports on his daily exercise routines. It wasn't that long ago, however, when a doyen of the MSM described George W. Bush's commitment to fitness as "creepy."

Michelle Malkin explains:

For adoring journalists, you see, Obama’s workout fanaticism demonstrates his discipline and balance in his life. Apparently, what’s good for Obama’s glistening pecs is good for the country. Zaslow quoted Obama Chicago crony Marty Nesbitt, who offered this diagnosis: "He doesn’t think of it as something he has to do — it’s his time for himself, a chance for him to reflect. It’s his break. He feels better and more revved up after he gets in his workout."

And when Obama feels better, the skies will part, the sun will shine (in moderate, environmentally-correct, non-global warming-inducing amounts, of course) and peace will reign worldwide!

Too bad the doughy, McDonald’s-chomping, coffee-guzzling members of the White House press corps couldn’t see the merits of White House exercise over the past eight years. After giggling about his out-of-shape colleagues in the media, Zaslow mentioned in passing that President George W. Bush shares Obama’s commitment to health. What he failed to acknowledge is that the same reporters who so greatly admire Obama’s lithe figure derided Bush for his training schedule.

Washington Post writer Jonathan Chait famously attacked Bush three years ago in an opinion piece for the Los Angeles Times headlined, "The (over)exercise of power." Recounting how President Bush ran 3 1/2 miles a day and preached more cross-training to a federal judge, Chait fumed: "Am I the only person who finds this disturbing?…What I mean is the fact that Bush has an obsession with exercise that borders on the creepy."

That said, Gaza's on fire, consumer confidence is at an all-time low, Gov. Blago is pouring gasoline on a GOP resurgent spark in Illinois, and the Democratic Congress is on course to receive the first 0% approval rating since, well, since approval ratings started being measured, and B. Hussein Obama is vacationing in a $9 million home in Hawai'i whilst playing lots of golf.

Imagine if John McCain'd been elected in November; and imagine, if you would, if a President-elect McCain was currently golfing and having a good ol' time three weeks before his swearing-in. Only a Nation-reading fool would disagree with me stating for the record that the mainstream media would be all over McCain's ass -- calling him "detached" and "out of touch" and "uncaring" and "Nero" and God-knows-what -- if he, as a President-elect, were acting like our current President-elect.

Left-wing media bias and double-standards ... forever as prevalent as crows over a cornfield. Indeed.

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