Just leave it alone

posted at 10:30 am on March 29, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

The New York Post has a story about a certain videotape that they haven’t fully seen, featuring a person whose identity they haven’t confirmed, allegedly using illegal drugs.  The purveyor of this tape wanted $2 million for it because it reportedly involves the daughter of a high-ranking American politician, but has cut the price to $400,000 instead.  The Post says they won’t pay for the tape, but they have run the allegation in its newspaper.

What should be done with this story?  It should be dropped.  I’m not linking it because I find it objectionable on two levels.  First, it shouldn’t have been reported at all until identities were confirmed.  It may be sad to say that a videotape of an ordinary woman snorting cocaine isn’t newsworthy, but it just isn’t, especially when the woman’s identity hasn’t been confirmed anyway.

If the woman’s identity was confirmed and she was a public official, then that would be news.  The person alleged to be in this tape is not a public official, but the adult daughter of a public official.  Does this inform us of public policy, competence or integrity in office, or corruption or abuse of power?  Not at all.  So what’s the point, except to take a cheap shot at a public official we may not like?

The Post should have left this alone, and so should the blogosphere.


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I agree Ed. Obama’s cocaine use is fair game. A politicians family not so much

Now tell that to the Trig Palin Truthers. Its the same thing.

William Amos on March 29, 2009 at 10:34 AM

Now tell that to the Trig Palin Truthers. Its the same thing.

William Amos on March 29, 2009 at 10:34 AM

We all know Bristol’s boyfriend actually gave birth to Trig.

Andrew Sullivan told me so!

blatantblue on March 29, 2009 at 10:35 AM

Ummmm, yeah just like the blogospehere and the media left the ‘Trig is Bristol’s baby’ story alone.

WTF?

New York Daily News is reporting on it. Fox News has posted the article from the Post.

If the MSM is going to report on it – it is a story. If it is false, that will come out as well.

Do you think the Bush twins would be given this level of ‘let’s wait and see’ before the story took off?

Mr Purple on March 29, 2009 at 10:35 AM

You’re right Ed. There’s no way Palin’s daughter’s life should be covered by the MSM or the blogosphere. Or her daughter’s ex-fiance’s mother’s life.

You tell ‘em!

BardMan on March 29, 2009 at 10:36 AM

still waiting to see the video tape the LA Times is sitting on from back in Q4 2008…

maineconservative on March 29, 2009 at 10:36 AM

Right… My guess is you’d have a completely different take if it were the daughter of, say, Cheney or Bush or Palin, or any other conservative politician. But since it correlates with Biden, we’ll let it slide.

No bias to see here.

ErinF on March 29, 2009 at 10:36 AM

ErinF on March 29, 2009 at 10:36 AM

Wait, what?

blatantblue on March 29, 2009 at 10:37 AM

Now tell that to the Trig Palin Truthers. Its the same thing.

William Amos on March 29, 2009 at 10:34 AM

“But, but, but Sarah Palin mentioned his name on the stage during the campaign! That sort of shameless trotting out makes little Trig fair game!!!” You know the drill.

ddrintn on March 29, 2009 at 10:38 AM

The left a few days ago went nuts over a Secret Service van being towed in Maryland claiming it was really a car driven by a drunk Jenna Bush.

That never went beyond a few nutsohs on the left. We should give this story the same credibility.

William Amos on March 29, 2009 at 10:38 AM

I really am torn between leaving her alone and giving the left a dose of their own medicine. Alas, I will take the high road. I wish the left knew how to do that.

GoodBoy on March 29, 2009 at 10:38 AM

Hmmmmmm—Meghan McCain??

Dollayo on March 29, 2009 at 10:38 AM

I hope it is on every mag in america…Sorry sweety.

tomas on March 29, 2009 at 10:38 AM

A few years ago Angelina Jolie came into my hotel room and we had a great workout. I recorded it, but housekeeping must have stolen my proof. Yeah, that’s what happened.

perroviejo on March 29, 2009 at 10:39 AM

I saw this in the morning when I was picking up bagels, my first thought, who cares? Although if it was the Bush girls the left would have a field day and Bill Maher and John Stewart would have material for years. But then again we are not those miscreants.

rob verdi on March 29, 2009 at 10:39 AM

Yeah, because I’m such a big Biden fan. :-/

I think the press should have left the Trig Trutherism alone, too, for the same reasons, which I wrote at the time. The difference with Mary Cheney is that she chose to make herself the story.

Ed Morrissey on March 29, 2009 at 10:39 AM

one of the Bush girls had quite a run-in with the Austex police over drunk something (in public, driving or something). i remember seeing her court appearance on TV.

yes, i would prefer the media to investigate more substantive issues.

kelley in virginia on March 29, 2009 at 10:40 AM

And do we know who’s in the videotape yet? No. So why is the Post reporting it?

Ed Morrissey on March 29, 2009 at 10:40 AM

You are right Ed. We shouldn’t sink to the level of the left. Besides, who among us doesn’t have a relative who we would rather the world didn’t know about their mis-steps?

ctmom on March 29, 2009 at 10:40 AM

This particular individual has a government job. She’s a state social worker.

Bennett on March 29, 2009 at 10:40 AM

If it was one of the Bush girls or a Palin it would be all over the airwaves right now. So I suspect it is the daughter of a lib or Megan McCain, (same thing)

conservnut on March 29, 2009 at 10:41 AM

If its the daughter of a Dem, they should definitely go after her. After what they did to Bristol Palin.

promachus on March 29, 2009 at 10:41 AM

Sure enough that Bush and Palin got some rough treatment from the media whores, but this little tale will hopefully die and disappear.

The evidence is there that the MSM is paying a price for what they did with the Palin/Trig debacle, at least if you want to look at sagging newspaper subscriptions and rock-bottom ratings for cable news outlets.

Bishop on March 29, 2009 at 10:42 AM

Well we did cover Michael Phelp’s Drug Use. That was a news story as well

William Amos on March 29, 2009 at 10:42 AM

while the media is covering this story, think how bambi will be wrecking our country. keep your eyes on the ball.

kelley in virginia on March 29, 2009 at 10:42 AM

More MSM-trash from the MSM-trash monster.

Limerick on March 29, 2009 at 10:42 AM

Why is the Post acting like a leftwing tool? The truth to libreals is what they want it to be instead of what is actually based on facts. Are conservatives going in the gutter to meet liberals at their own game?

volsense on March 29, 2009 at 10:42 AM

The person offered them money to print it…it is news. Hit them hard for their hypocrisy. She shouldn’t have been breaking the LAW! It is news. Learn this.

tomas on March 29, 2009 at 10:43 AM

I don’t think anyone in society even cares anymore about someone doing hard drugs.
In the last several years stories like this seem to make famous figures even more popular, and it seems to make them all the “cooler” for it.
Sad, but true.

I don’t think the NYP should have “broke” the story, but if someone else did I wouldn’t have a problem with them reporting on it.

yellow_railroad on March 29, 2009 at 10:44 AM

Biden’s daughter is an alleged coke whore? Well, at least she’s f**king herself up instead of the whole country…

Wyznowski on March 29, 2009 at 10:44 AM

Time to play Lib Hypocrisy for $100.

Let’s just say for the sake of argument the individual in the videotape is “rumored” to be one of Palin’s children.

What’s the over under on how many MSM outlets would have it FRONT and CENTER this morning?

Hmmm?

BardMan on March 29, 2009 at 10:44 AM

a social worker for a Delaware child-welfare agency

I agree, a politician’s family problems are not news. However,

a) she is a state employee (and likely gets some benefits from that due to her father’s influence in the state) and

b) if the story is true, I question her ability to make prudent decisions about the welfare of children, particularly those in drug-abusive homes.

vermillionsky on March 29, 2009 at 10:44 AM

I agree it should be left alone, but will point out that (assuming it’s “her”) she’s not *just* the daughter of a public official (eg: Bristol Palin, Gore’s son, etc), as she has factored publicly and actively in various political efforts before.

These folks that are “just the kid of a politician” certainly deserve no more public treatment of their issues than do ‘average citizens’; those that have elevated themselves publicly? Hmmm, maybe not so in need of ‘average citizen’ treatment, but certainly this is nonsense without any confirmation, etc.

Midas on March 29, 2009 at 10:45 AM

If I had Jolted Joe the gaffe machine for a dad, I’d be tempted to =sniff=.

jgapinoy on March 29, 2009 at 10:45 AM

Ed. I hate to ask you this but someone will. Why did you blog on it at HA?

Dollayo on March 29, 2009 at 10:45 AM

Is this about Biden? Cripes, he himself gives ample opportunity for attack. No need to go after his family.

ddrintn on March 29, 2009 at 10:45 AM

We should also push Michell being so busy…She needs to take care of her kids.

tomas on March 29, 2009 at 10:46 AM

Drudge has had this at the top of his page since yesterday.

Redhead Infidel on March 29, 2009 at 10:46 AM

Unfortunately, Ed, we’re not going to be able to control this situation. The media, in all their moral terpitude, will run with it. Look at the last couple of years. We’ve gotten everything from the Trailer Park Train Wrecks of Ann Nicole and Britney Spears to focusing on the Developmentally Handicapped baby of Sarah Palin. This story is going to be covered. Conservatives will not have to do anything.

kingsjester on March 29, 2009 at 10:46 AM

Sorry Ed – I disagree on this one. The PROBLEM with your willingness to fall on your sword for integrity’s sake, is the same as attempting to negotiate with terrorists.

The DOUBLE STANDARD that conservatives are CONTINUOUSLY subjected to by the willing MSM makes SENSATIONAL tidbits like this relevant.

Live by the sword… die by the sword.

singlemalt_18 on March 29, 2009 at 10:46 AM

Time to play Lib Hypocrisy for $100.

Let’s just say for the sake of argument the individual in the videotape is “rumored” to be one of Palin’s children.

What’s the over under on how many MSM outlets would have it FRONT and CENTER this morning?

Hmmm?

BardMan on March 29, 2009 at 10:44 AM

Which is certainly not to say that we should view that as good reason for it to occur to the kid of a lib though, right? Just because “libs” do it, doesn’t make it right, in and of itself? We agree?

Midas on March 29, 2009 at 10:46 AM

The Post’s conduct is bizzare. Ir reminds me vaguely of the Monty Python “Blackmail Game” skit: http://montypython.wikia.com/wiki/Blackmail

Oddly, Michael Palin wrote the skit with Terry Gilliam.

NCC on March 29, 2009 at 10:46 AM

The person alleged to be in this tape is not a public official, but the adult daughter of a public official.

You are wrong, because from the NY Post article.

http://www.nypost.com/seven/03282009/news/nationalnews/friend_of_bidens_daughter_shopping_tape__161772.htm

Ashley Biden, 27, a social worker for a Delaware child-welfare agency

So even without her being Biden daughter, this should be a huge story if state employee child welfare workers are out doing drugs. Maybe you didn’t know what she did for work. I also wonder if any of her co-workers can also be identified in this tape and how many other public employees are out doing drugs.

JeffinSac on March 29, 2009 at 10:46 AM

Well we did cover Michael Phelp’s Drug Use. That was a news story as well

William Amos on March 29, 2009 at 10:42 AM

Phelps is a world champion (bye bye $millions). Biden’s daughter didn’t willfully enter the public stage.

perroviejo on March 29, 2009 at 10:46 AM

My sense of decency says to leave this person alone. My logic tells me that this has nothing to do with anything important and does not affect the serious issues we need to deal with these days. But reality tells me that the left has invented the game and we cannot let them play the game when it’s to their own benefit and to the detriment of conservativism and to America and ignore the game when it backfires against them. I bet she is a lovely person who made a dumb mistake and trusted the wrong people but her father is an active participant in the game. The way the left plays the game he has the same two choices that a conservative would have; resign and ask the press to respect his privacy or get to hear about his daughter every day for the remainder of his term. Anyone who disagrees with me explain how a video of Romney’s son doing the same would be handled by the msm. Tell me how Bristol Palin was and continues to be dealt with. It is certainly a sad state we have come to be in but until we overthrow the staus quo we have to demand equality of good and bad.

peacenprosperity on March 29, 2009 at 10:47 AM

The Post should have left this alone, and so should the blogosphere.

Yes, I agree because they didn’t spread lies, gossip and rumors about Sarah Palin and her family.

Herb on March 29, 2009 at 10:47 AM

BTW to huffpo its all a GOP plot to discredit Biden.

This from the website that hammered Palin ?

William Amos on March 29, 2009 at 10:47 AM

The blow-snorter must be of “elitist” Liberal stock cuz the powers that be appear to be lining up protectively….on the other hand…had this been Bristol….let’s just say at least 10,000 photoshopped versions would be available on the net now. I could be wrong. Just a hunch.

RepubChica on March 29, 2009 at 10:47 AM

I think Ed just knows he will be a target of the MSM for pushing us to be such haters.

tomas on March 29, 2009 at 10:47 AM

I don’t like it, but I can’t help playing the “If it were a Republican…….” game in my brain.

If they (the MSM) sets the rules (Bristol Palin’s ex-mother inlaw! zOMG!), then they need to play by them.

Techie on March 29, 2009 at 10:48 AM

And then the Girls Gone Wild VP Edition sales will skyrocket. Joe can add to his collection.

lasertex on March 29, 2009 at 10:48 AM

Sorry Ed – I disagree on this one. The PROBLEM with your willingness to fall on your sword for integrity’s sake, is the same as attempting to negotiate with terrorists.

The DOUBLE STANDARD that conservatives are CONTINUOUSLY subjected to by the willing MSM makes SENSATIONAL tidbits like this relevant.

Live by the sword… die by the sword.

singlemalt_18 on March 29, 2009 at 10:46 AM

I don’t know if it is the same thing as negotiating with terrorists..

blatantblue on March 29, 2009 at 10:48 AM

Which is certainly not to say that we should view that as good reason for it to occur to the kid of a lib though, right? Just because “libs” do it, doesn’t make it right, in and of itself? We agree?

Midas on March 29, 2009 at 10:46 AM

Oh I certainly agree.

But sometimes, just sometimes, I wonder what it would be like to play on the same field as the liberals.

One could certainly argue that we are in the situation we’re in because we haven’t fought by the same rules as liberals.

Makes me mad. But still, I’d rather live a good life and try to do the right thing.

BardMan on March 29, 2009 at 10:48 AM

Michael Phelps – proof that pot smokers are shiftless lazy ner’dowells who will never amount to anything.

Techie on March 29, 2009 at 10:49 AM

I have an idea.

Let’s post a thread about how we’re not going to talk about it, and then let’s have a bunch of comments talking about how liberals are hypocrites, and then let’s talk about how *we* would never do something like that, and then let’s throw in a bunch of “biased MSM blah blah blah” stuff.

Oh wait.

We already did that.

Proud Rino on March 29, 2009 at 10:50 AM

….and this constitutes ‘leaving it alone’?

A semi-cryptic post where you only serve to alert those who weren’t aware of the story?

Did the media wait for confirmation it was Michael Phelps?

Huffington Post had it last night. Liberal sites are willing to post the story, Hot Air spike’s it.

Damn right I want to use it to take a cheap shot at the enemy. Biden should be forced to writhe like a a worm impaled on a fish hook over this.

Mr Purple on March 29, 2009 at 10:50 AM

Ed Morrissey

You know, for some reason I assumed Allah wrote this post. We all know allah isn’t a conservative and he doesn’t try to hide that fact but ed doggedly tries to claim he is a conservative but posts like this always show his true colors and intent.

peacenprosperity on March 29, 2009 at 10:50 AM

Less we think Trig Trutherism is over

KTVA in Anchorage is addressing it

There are at least two web sites devoted to proving this picture is fake.
Bloggers have consulted so called experts who claim it is a composite; just different pictures photo shopped together.

They have used techniques like “ghosting” and point to parts of the photo that they say could not have been there like the darkened window, boxes in the hallway, and photographer Scott Favorite’s untucked shirt.
It is definitive proof, they say that this picture was altered to make Palin look pregnant.
They also claim I am part of the conspiracy: that I am helping Sarah Palin cover up her fake pregnancy.

That simply is not true.

I interviewed the governor live on Sunday April 13th, 2008 at 5pm in the 2nd floor hallway of the capitol in Juneau between the Speaker of the House’s office and the House Floor.
The topic was the 25th Alaska State Legislative session that wrapped up about four hours before.
The infamous picture was taken during this interview.
You can see the dark window and the boxes in the video.

We did not focus on Palin’s pregnant belly because it was not relevant to the story. Her pregnancy had nothing to do with the state budget.

William Amos on March 29, 2009 at 10:51 AM

Whatever the “concern trolls” say.

Techie on March 29, 2009 at 10:51 AM

Phelps is a world champion (bye bye $millions). Biden’s daughter didn’t willfully enter the public stage.

Yeah, she kinda has, both by being a public employee, and by working on publicly and speaking publicly on her father’s campaigns.

Midas on March 29, 2009 at 10:51 AM

Proud Rino on March 29, 2009 at 10:50 AM

Don’t be so hard on yourself, things will eventually get better in your life.

Turn that frown upside down, mister! :-))))))

Bishop on March 29, 2009 at 10:51 AM

rightly or wrongly, the families of Public People are scrutinized. their actions reflect on the Personage. and often, their influence over the Personage is greater than some chief of staff.

kelley in virginia on March 29, 2009 at 10:52 AM

Come on, Ed did you leave Bristol Palin alone? No.

The NY Post is lazy, it ought to be pretty easy for them to confirm whether or not the woman is Biden’s daughter. Incidentally the daughter has had drug problems for years so its not like the story is a surprise.

Part of the story though, is the members of the 4th estate not willing to pay money for it. If it were Megan McCain…….or Track Palin or Bristol, the seller would be getting the original $2M price tag.

mngirl on March 29, 2009 at 10:52 AM

I would not drag this through the news. Her employer should drug test her though and deal with the situation.

conservnut on March 29, 2009 at 10:52 AM

Tell me how Bristol Palin was and continues to be dealt with. It is certainly a sad state we have come to be in but until we overthrow the staus quo we have to demand equality of good and bad.

peacenprosperity on March 29, 2009 at 10:47 AM

Yeah, the treatrment of Sarah Palin and her family is what has a lot of conservatives wanting blood. We didn’t make the rules.

ddrintn on March 29, 2009 at 10:52 AM

Truth is, it already made it’s way to Drudge… Within hours from now, some 15 million people will have read the story on Drudge. This life form is taking shape right now!

Principles before Personalities… An individual choice we all have to make one moment at a time…

Keemo on March 29, 2009 at 10:52 AM

You know, for some reason I assumed Allah wrote this post. We all know allah isn’t a conservative and he doesn’t try to hide that fact but ed doggedly tries to claim he is a conservative but posts like this always show his true colors and intent.

peacenprosperity on March 29, 2009 at 10:50 AM

Yeah, because wanting to have confirmation about someone’s identity before potentially piling on and trashing them is so, you know, unconservative.

Shut up.

Midas on March 29, 2009 at 10:53 AM

Proud Rino on March 29, 2009 at 10:50 AM

I know…don’t just love it, baby?

RepubChica on March 29, 2009 at 10:53 AM

Proud Rino on March 29, 2009 at 10:50 AM

Well, the topic can always be changed to Bristol Palin, can’t it? Maybe Trig?

ddrintn on March 29, 2009 at 10:54 AM

You know, for some reason I assumed Allah wrote this post. We all know allah isn’t a conservative and he doesn’t try to hide that fact but ed doggedly tries to claim he is a conservative but posts like this always show his true colors and intent.

peacenprosperity on March 29, 2009 at 10:50 AM

What are those true colors and intent, O’ Smart One?

blatantblue on March 29, 2009 at 10:54 AM

Bristol Palin getting pregnant made Sarah Palin an bad mother and an unfit VP candidate, according to numerous places on the Left.

(If this is true, obviously) Is the same standard going to be applied to Joe Biden?

Techie on March 29, 2009 at 10:54 AM

I don’t know if it is the same thing as negotiating with terrorists..

blatantblue on March 29, 2009 at 10:48 AM

OK, so I’m guilty of misusing some dramatic license. So lets use it to our advantage in ANOTHER way by making it a distraction to help prevent them from enacting their agenda …

singlemalt_18 on March 29, 2009 at 10:54 AM

On a brighter note, I found this story quite uplifting…

Back on Uncle Sam’s plantation

Star Parker – Syndicated Columnist – 2/9/2009 8:00:00 AM

Six years ago I wrote a book called Uncle Sam’s Plantation. I wrote the book to tell my own story of what I saw living inside the welfare state and my own transformation out of it.

I said in that book that indeed there are two Americas — a poor America on socialism and a wealthy America on capitalism.

I talked about government programs like Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Job Opportunities and Basic Skills Training (JOBS), Emergency Assistance to Needy Families with Children (EANF), Section 8 Housing, and Food Stamps.

A vast sea of perhaps well-intentioned government programs, all initially set into motion in the 1960s, that were going to lift the nation’s poor out of poverty.

A benevolent Uncle Sam welcomed mostly poor black Americans onto the government plantation. Those who accepted the invitation switched mindsets from “How do I take care of myself?” to “What do I have to do to stay on the plantation?”

Instead of solving economic problems, government welfare socialism created monstrous moral and spiritual problems — the kind of problems that are inevitable when individuals turn responsibility for their lives over to others.

The legacy of American socialism is our blighted inner cities, dysfunctional inner city schools, and broken black families.

Through God’s grace, I found my way out. It was then that I understood what freedom meant and how great this country is.

I had the privilege of working on welfare reform in 1996, passed by a Republican Congress and signed 50 percent.

I thought we were on the road to moving socialism out of our poor black communities and replacing it with wealth-producing American capitalism.

But, incredibly, we are going in the opposite direction.

Instead of poor America on socialism becoming more like rich American on capitalism, rich America on capitalism is becoming like poor America on socialism.
Uncle Sam has welcomed our banks onto the plantation and they have said, “Thank you, Suh.”
Now, instead of thinking about what creative things need to be done to serve customers . . . they are thinking about what they have to tell Massah in order to get their cash.
There is some kind of irony that this is all happening under our first black president on the 200th anniversary of the birthday of Abraham Lincoln.
Worse, socialism seems to be the element of our new young president. And maybe even more troubling, our corporate executives seem happy to move onto the plantation.
In an op-ed on the opinion page of the Washington Post, Mr. Obama is clear that the goal of his trillion dollar spending plan is much more than short term economic stimulus.
“This plan is more than a prescription for short-term spending — it’s a strategy for America ‘s long-term growth and opportunity in areas such as renewable energy, healthcare, and education.”
Perhaps more incredibly, Obama seems to think that government taking over an economy is a new idea. Or that massive growth in government can take place “with unprecedented transparency and accountability.”
Yes, sir, we heard it from Jimmy Carter when he created the Department of Energy, the Synfuels Corporation, and the Department of Education.
Or how about the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 — The War on Poverty — which President Johnson said “…does not merely expand old programs or improve what is already being done. It charts a new course. It strikes at the causes, not just the consequences of poverty.”
Trillions of dollars later, black poverty is the same. But black families are not, with triple the incidence of single-parent homes and out-of-wedlock births.
It’s not complicated. Americans can accept Barack Obama’s invitation to move onto the plantation. Or they can choose personal responsibility and freedom.

Keemo on March 29, 2009 at 10:54 AM

they would do it to us and have done it to us (Palin’s family)

stop bring knives to gunfights

joey24007 on March 29, 2009 at 10:54 AM

Man I am so sick of these “Arbiters of Conservatism,” declaring who is and who isn’t.

blatantblue on March 29, 2009 at 10:54 AM

People were questioning whether a frigging baby was actually someones…and you are worried about whether this coke head is treated fairly?

tomas on March 29, 2009 at 10:55 AM

Does it raise a Constitutional question? No.
Does it discuss a noteworthy feat of a fellow citizen(s)? No.
Does it affect national security or welfare of the country? No.
Does it describe a rare or extreme natural phenomenon? No.
Does it bring corruption of a powerful person or entity to light? No.
Does it raise a public policy question that needs discussing? No.
Then I could not care less.

Send_Me on March 29, 2009 at 10:55 AM

Ed, Philosophically I agree with you one hundred percent.
BUT, by way of illustration, when I was a kid growing up in a group foster home I philosophically believed in fighting
“clean”. I soon learned that fighting clean meant I got my clock cleaned.
We’ve been getting groin kicked for far to long and we’re losing the fight. It is time to reconsider how we fight.

oldernwiser on March 29, 2009 at 10:55 AM

Actually I heard it wasn’t his daughter’s drug problem. It was actually Joe’s.

Caper29 on March 29, 2009 at 10:55 AM

Man I am so sick of these “Arbiters of Conservatism,” declaring who is and who isn’t.
blatantblue on March 29, 2009 at 10:54 AM

You racist.

Bishop on March 29, 2009 at 10:56 AM

Its fight fire with fire against the libs. Not the we’re better than them because we don’t. How’s that been working out?

lasertex on March 29, 2009 at 10:56 AM

Ed, I disagree. Why should it be left alone? It certainly is newsworthy, and just as Palin’s supposed hypocrisy on sex ed was exposed by Bristol’s pregnancy, so too has Biden’s supposed anti-drug crusade. The Left wouldn’t leave this alone if it were a Bush twin or anyone on the GOP side, so why the hand-wringing? Playing nice doesn’t do us any good.

changer1701 on March 29, 2009 at 10:56 AM

Never mind whoever is snorting coke, I want the purveyor of the tape exposed. It’s a lousy thing to do and there should be some kind of price paid for selling out a friend to the highest bidder.

CarolynM on March 29, 2009 at 10:56 AM

Joe is her dealer.

lasertex on March 29, 2009 at 10:57 AM

Techie on March 29, 2009 at 10:54 AM

No because Biden and most liberals don’t espouse family values like Palin and most conservatives. Palin was hypocritical, don’t you see?

/s

BardMan on March 29, 2009 at 10:57 AM

at least if you want to look at sagging newspaper subscriptions and rock-bottom ratings for cable news outlets.

Bishop on March 29, 2009 at 10:42 AM

In the newspaper business, scandal sells. In today’s newspaper business, anything that sells is fair game – even if it’s unsubstantiated pseudo-gossip about someone who might, or might not, be the daughter of a government official.

I do agree with Ed here, although not necessarily in the interest of taking the high road. Anyone who has ever raised children knows that, once they reach young adulthood, they are at the mercy of whatever outside influences exist within their social circle. We hope that our kids will behave with intelligence and common sense; sadly, that’s not always the way things work out. Even though it’s Crazy Joe, and I’d love to be able to shout this from the rooftops, I just can’t do it. If the kid has problems, her family needs to be left alone to sort them out.

uncivilized on March 29, 2009 at 10:57 AM

You racist.

Bishop on March 29, 2009 at 10:56 AM

NOOOOOOOOO

changer1701 on March 29, 2009 at 10:56 AM

Distracting ourselves with a stupid tape doesn’t do us any good either when there are plenty of real issues to Foehammer the Democrats home with.

Oh I don’t know, say the economy, or his silly foreign policy plans.

blatantblue on March 29, 2009 at 10:58 AM

So much for leaving it alone…cat’s outta the bag…just do a quick Google of “Joe Biden’s Daughter cocaine”. Viralizing…

RepubChica on March 29, 2009 at 10:58 AM

CarolynM on March 29, 2009 at 10:56 AM

Kill the messenger is a lib tactic.

lasertex on March 29, 2009 at 10:58 AM

She is 28

tomas on March 29, 2009 at 10:58 AM

here is the only good part of this story, a little delicious irony if you will…

Imagine the dilema for the msm. This kind of crap is tailor made for the drive-by media… however, their slobbering love affair with this administration is getting in the way. TORN!

maineconservative on March 29, 2009 at 10:58 AM

Does it raise a public policy question that needs discussing? No.
Then I could not care less.
Send_Me on March 29, 2009 at 10:55 AM

Actually it sort of does. A few days ago Hillary said that Mexico’s drug-war was America’s fault because we have so many users, so if the person in the vid were a child of the VP it could have the potential of becoming sticky for the Ogabe administration.

Bishop on March 29, 2009 at 10:58 AM

Never mind whoever is snorting coke, I want the purveyor of the tape exposed. It’s a lousy thing to do and there should be some kind of price paid for selling out a friend to the highest bidder.

CarolynM on March 29, 2009 at 10:56 AM

I agree, that friend is a tool.

changer1701 on March 29, 2009 at 10:58 AM

For a non-issue this has quickly amassed 85+ posts in record time.

tru2tx on March 29, 2009 at 10:59 AM

I think it’s pretty simple…why they are reporting it.

Uh…For Traffic? For readers?
This country is all about tabloids. sad, but true.

bridgetown on March 29, 2009 at 10:59 AM

The media should stay away from this story even if they would never stay away from a Republican.

RedSoxNation on March 29, 2009 at 10:59 AM

Shut up.

Midas on March 29, 2009 at 10:53 AM

There’s a conservative ideal, suppression of alternative views.

peacenprosperity on March 29, 2009 at 10:59 AM

I agree for all the reasons Ed stated, and will add one more:

I don’t want anything to suck up all the media’s oxygen and distract from the stories that matter, like the G20 summit meetings and the riot-happy mobs.

Buy Danish on March 29, 2009 at 11:00 AM

Jeb Bush’s daughter has a substance abuse problem. We know because the media told us.

a capella on March 29, 2009 at 11:00 AM

The press is in a tough spot. It’s sensational but if they actually investigate and determine it’s Gaffe man’s daughter, they’ll have to spike it.

/s

aikidoka on March 29, 2009 at 11:00 AM

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