Bush 41 and the Hypocritical Media

CAL THOMAS COMMENTATY DECEMBER 10, 2018

AS I WATCHED LAST WEEK’S NEARLY UNIVERSAL MEDIA PRAISE OF GEORGE H.W. BUSH DURING FUNERAL COVERAGE I DIDN’T KNOW WHETHER TO LAUGH OR SHAKE MY HEAD. THE SAME MEDIA THAT REGULARLY BASHED THE 41ST PRESIDENT DURING HIS FOUR YEARS IN THE WHITE HOUSE OPENLY BASHED HIM AND HIS POLICIES THEN.

JUST DAYS BEFORE THE 1988 IOWA CAUCUSES, DAN RATHER TRIED TO TORPEDO BUSH’S CAMPAIGN WITH A SLASHING INTERVIEW ABOUT THE IRAN-CONTRA AFFAIR, SAYING BUSH HAD MADE US “HYPOCRITES OF THE WORLD. HOW COUKD YOU SIGN ON TO SUCH A POLICY?”

DURING HIS PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN, REPORTERS OPENLY DISDAINED BUSH. IN WHAT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A NEWS STORY, NBC’S LISA MYERS FAULTED BUSH’S PRO PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE STATEMENTS, SAYING IT REMINDED HER OF SAMUEL JOHNSON’S LINE THAT PATRIOTISM IS THE LAST REFUGE OF SCOUNDRELS.”

BUSH WAS CALLED A RACIST BECAUSE OF THE WILLIE HORTON AD, WHICH WAS BOUGHT BY AN OUTSIDE ORGANIZATION AND IGNORANT BECAUSE HE SUPPOSEDLY KNEW NOTHING ABOUT BAR CODES AT THEN SUPERMARKET.

NOW THE MEDIA PORTRAY HIM AS A SAINT BECAUSE IT IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THEM TO BASH THE CURRENT PRESIDENT. IT IS FOR SUCH MOMENTS THE WORD HYPOCRISY WAS INVENTED. I’M CAL THOMAS.