The double standard which allows Dana Milbank to call Scott Walker “a coward”

posted at 2:31 pm on February 21, 2015 by Jazz Shaw

More than enough attention has been paid to Rudy Giuliani’s comments about Barack Obama not loving America already, but the usual suspects in the media will ride that horse into the ground. Of course, criticizing Giuliani isn’t good enough for the majority of the media arm of the DNC. A story such as this one is far too juicy to be confined to criticism of one essentially retired politician who won’t be running for national office any time soon. The wild shots being fired across the news spectrum are far more useful if they can be directed at a truly dangerous target.

One of the slower gunslingers at the shootout was Dana Milbank, who decided this was an excellent opportunity to take one of the cheapest jabs possible at… Scott Walker.

What Rudy Giuliani did this week was stupid.

What Scott Walker did ought to disqualify him as a serious presidential contender…

This is what’s alarming about the Giuliani affair. There will always be people on the fringe who say outrageous things (and Giuliani, once a respected public servant, has sadly joined the nutters as he questioned the president’s patriotism even while claiming he was doing no such thing). But to have a civilized debate, it’s necessary for public officials to disown such beyond-the-pale rhetoric. And Walker failed that fundamental test of leadership.

You really need to read no further to see what’s wrong this this line of attack and all of the similar ones to come over the next 21 months. The fact that Milbank can publish something like this with a straight face is rather emblematic of how far the Fourth Estate has fallen and the generally sad state of affairs when it comes to mainstream political commentary.

If you want to take Giuliani to task, fine. Have at it. But since when has it become “necessary” for every member of a given party to respond to or disown what someone else has to say? The answer to that one is simple… since the media decided that it was their job to ensure Democrats get elected rather simply reporting on the events of the election. Since when is it the job of every candidate on the trail to monitor each and every syllable uttered by every person out there and either support, decry or disown it? This is no test of leadership, as Milbank implies, but rather a test of the port side media to see if they can sling enough gotcha questions at the wall that one will eventually stick.

It’s tempting to go back through Milbank’s recent writings and see how often he has chased down Hillary in whichever secret fortress she’s currently residing and demand that she respond to every crazy thing Joe Biden or Bernie Sanders has said. Or, failing that, to at least beat on her door and demand to know why she isn’t commenting on anything. How about the current allegations that the DNC chair offered to change a fundamental policy position in exchange for certain favors? Does Hillary support that or will she disown Debby Downer and curse the ground upon which she walks? We’ll never know because Milbank and his ilk will never ask. This is a rule which applies exclusively to Republicans and it has absolutely nothing, zero, zilch, zip, nada to do with informing the public or helping them make an informed decision next November.

This story is about Team Clinton being on the march to victory. And Dana Milbank should at least be honest enough to wear a “Ready for Hillary” t-shirt when he goes to work every day if this is how the upcoming election analysis is going to be handled.


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But I have seen post here in the past calling for Democrats to disavow what another Democrat may have said and almost daily you have a post about how moderate Muslims need to speak out more against the speech and activities of more fringe Muslims.

Double standards?

Politricks on February 21, 2015 at 3:21 PM

Beat me to it!

NorthernCross on February 21, 2015 at 6:37 PM

1. No one here cares what democrats vow or avow.

2. The only ones who can counter the Isalmist recruiters (who are far from “fringe” by the way) are Muslim clergy and groups willing to disavow the Islamic doctrines inspiring the Islamist.

kcewa on February 21, 2015 at 6:46 PM

Politricks on February 21, 2015 at 3:21 PM

I’m unsure what you mean, please link an example please.

Cindy Munford on February 21, 2015 at 6:47 PM

But since when has it become “necessary” for every member of a given party to respond to or disown what someone else has to say? The answer to that one is simple… since the media decided that it was their job to ensure Democrats get elected rather simply reporting on the events of the election.


Which is why, love him or hate him, Rubio’s response was perfect.

ChrisL on February 21, 2015 at 6:49 PM

The fact that Milbank can publish something like this with a straight face is rather emblematic of how far the Fourth Estate has fallen and the generally sad state of affairs when it comes to mainstream political commentary.

Milbank is a gutless piss-ant with a matching inferiority complex.

GarandFan on February 21, 2015 at 6:49 PM

ChrisL on February 21, 2015 at 6:49 PM

Jindals was pretty gutsy.

Cindy Munford on February 21, 2015 at 6:52 PM

When you run around screaming over and over and over again that your faith is ‘The Religion of Peace’ while hoards of your co-religionists are killing, maiming, raping, enslaving, etc, then you had better denounce their actions if you want your claims to be taken seriously.

Resist We Much on February 21, 2015 at 7:45 PM

hordes

Resist We Much on February 21, 2015 at 8:06 PM

Does anyone have any evidence to counter Giuliani’s assertion? We’ve had six years of this left wing extremist in the White House, and jerks like Milbank can’t come up with a single reason to question Obama’s politics? The real fools are the people who support this man Obama.

grumpyank on February 21, 2015 at 8:57 PM

I stand with Giuliani. Until we have evidence that Obama really does love this country, I’m not willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.

grumpyank on February 21, 2015 at 8:58 PM

Why is Milbank standing up for Obama, gratis? Can’t Obama stand up for himself? We don’t need more leftist toadies in the media.

grumpyank on February 21, 2015 at 9:04 PM

The media is made irrelevant by their own actions. In other words, who really cares what they think.

The stats show that less and less people are paying attention to them all the time.

Nat George on February 21, 2015 at 9:59 PM

Politricks on February 21, 2015 at 3:21 PM

Beat me to it!

NorthernCross on February 21, 2015 at 6:37 PM

The Bobbsey Twits are in DC, at State.

Schadenfreude on February 21, 2015 at 11:24 PM

Milbank is a hack. He’s a kept child of the sad hulk that calls itself the Washington Post. (I think his workstation is in the Post’s basement.) It would be silly to expect him to write anything different.

Humphrey on February 21, 2015 at 11:33 PM

This is what’s alarming about the Giuliani affair. There will always be people on the fringe who say outrageous things (and Giuliani, once a respected public servant, has sadly joined the nutters as he questioned the president’s patriotism even while claiming he was doing no such thing). But to have a civilized debate, it’s necessary for public officials to disown such beyond-the-pale rhetoric. And Walker failed that fundamental test of leadership.

“Leave My Boyfriend Alone” journalism at its finest. I mean, its worst. I mean, its most extreme.

Nah, it’s not even remarkable. Just typical, ordinary “Leave My Boyfriend Alone” journalism.

There Goes the Neighborhood on February 22, 2015 at 4:23 AM

His Hillary! tee shirt will look good with his orange vest and sock hat, the marks of a truly serious journalist, which I assume he always wears when disparaging The Opposition. Which is all the time.

Hucklebuck on February 21, 2015 at 3:54 PM

I never fail to be amused by the image of Milbank in the reflective vest that he imagined to be hunting gear. http://tinyurl.com/lhy5rc3

Notwithstanding the hateful attempt to get a laugh from what was a frightening hunting accident, this poor excuse for a human being is destined for whatever circle of hell is reserved for those who pervert the language with evil intent.

horatio on February 22, 2015 at 7:48 AM

Who is Dana Milbank and why should I give a flying flip what this liberal twit thinks? Is he on one of those 50 shades of gay type of shows or something?

Can’t say that I get much of my news from the MSM anymore. To many chopper whoopers don’t cha know.

Luthier on February 22, 2015 at 8:15 AM

Dana Milbank occasionally rises out of the com-Post that is the dying print media’s Washington flagship to spout something abrasive to conservatives, then he grabs his monthly stipend from the hands of the Prog overbosses, then slides back down into his crap-hole of irrelevancy, masturbat!ng to the thought of finely creased trousers.

BigAlSouth on February 22, 2015 at 8:32 AM

Does anyone have any evidence to counter Giuliani’s assertion? We’ve had six years of this left wing extremist in the White House, and jerks like Milbank can’t come up with a single reason to question Obama’s politics? The real fools are the people who support this man Obama.

grumpyank on February 21, 2015 at 8:57 PM

When you run around screaming over and over and over again that your faith is ‘The Religion of Peace’ while hoards of your co-religionists are killing, maiming, raping, enslaving, etc, then you had better denounce their actions if you want your claims to be taken seriously.

Resist We Much on February 21, 2015 at 7:45 PM

Grump-I stand with Rudy also, you are exactly right;
RWM – spot on! All of the leftist, liEberal, progs try very hard to identify with “The Party of ROP”, they should have to answer for this! Unfortunately, all of the GopE’s are acting like they believe this also. So sad & painful that our once great country is now circling the drain.

Iamaluckyone on February 22, 2015 at 8:32 AM

Milbank wears depends. Flippin pajama boy…..

crosshugger on February 22, 2015 at 9:04 AM

Who is Dana Milbank and why should I give a flying flip what this liberal twit thinks?

Luthier on February 22, 2015 at 8:15 AM

Spot on.

Milbank is a has-been desperately trying to remain relevant. If he didn’t already have a gig a WaPo, he’d probably be teaching leftist journalism theory at some Ivory League institution.

EdmundBurke247 on February 22, 2015 at 9:18 AM

Somebody needs to email this to Milbank, LOL.

Armyspouse on February 22, 2015 at 9:26 AM

Progressives always throw words around without regard to their actual definitions. They’re thesaurus miners.

Star Bird on February 22, 2015 at 10:42 AM

Jazz, you’re being way too nice to Milbank.

He (and all the other “progressives”) should be nailed, and nailed for good and it should be on the race issue, not on the “why haven’t you disassociated yourself from the latest Joe Biden inanity” double standard.

The issue is straightforward: The Obama-Holder Justice Department aggressively supports state governments checking the skin color of its citizens, and then, if that skin color is black, that citizen is held to a different standard, a lower standard, in state contracting, state hiring and university admissions. This is pure, unadulterated government coerced racism. Since when has Milbank and his ilk even paid the least bit of a price for continuing to associate themselves with such a hideous policy?

For heaven’s sake, California, yes, California banned affirmative action in 1996, for the reason contained within the paragraph above. Conservatives have literally had the high ground on this civil rights issue since then, and, yet the timidity to state the obvious is astonishing.

gkissel on February 22, 2015 at 11:14 AM

For over 17 years Obama and his family sat in the pews of the vile, anti-American Reverend Wright and did nothing. He sat there and took it all in without once getting up and walking out. That alone should have disqualified him from running for president.

SC.Charlie on February 22, 2015 at 12:28 PM

No way do I wish to defend Milbank but what was Rudy thinking when he came up with these remarks? What did he think he was going to accomplish? Wasn’t Jobs for Jihadis an acceptable lede story from our perspective?

wbcoleman on February 22, 2015 at 1:00 PM

Even if I hadn’t agreed with Rudy I certainly wouldn’t want the GOP to take Dana as any sort of standard by which honor or valor was determined. Why let a wuss determine who speaks for whom and when we need to collectively fall on our swords. Sheesh – the man is a weenie.

katiejane on February 22, 2015 at 1:01 PM

Most patriots place their hand over their heart during the national anthem rather than hold their junk.

Millbank is mental.

NoPain on February 22, 2015 at 1:12 PM

Anyone who EVER took Dana Milbank seriously should not be allowed to vote, EVER. He’s a worthless leftist hack and always has been, and has never been anything beyond.

Adjoran on February 22, 2015 at 1:52 PM

Dana Milbank. One of the DNCs countless ankle-clutching presstitutes…

oldleprechaun on February 22, 2015 at 3:23 PM

Milbank reminds one of a rabid hyena protecting a piece of rancid meat. This bum gives irrelevancy a whole new meaning.

rplat on February 23, 2015 at 8:22 AM

Which is why, love him or hate him, Rubio’s response was perfect.

ChrisL on February 21, 2015 at 6:49 PM

Rubio’s response was:

“So I will suffice it to say that I believe the President loves America. His ideas are bad.”

Did Rubio say why he believes Obama loves America? What proof did he cite? Did he refute any of the reason’s Guliani gave for his assertion?

Sans proof Rubio’s response is just another political statement, i.e., a lie of convenience.

DrDeano on February 23, 2015 at 11:43 AM

“Are you now, or have you ever been, a Capitalist?”

fredmant on February 23, 2015 at 12:52 PM

Being There was on last night. I asked my son to watch it. For most of the movie, he kept looking slightly uncomfortable and confused. Then he began to understand, and at the end, he said, “So, everyone in Washington hears what they want to hear, and some simpleton’s words can be mistaken for great wisdom that way. At least he was harmless, I’d be happier with Chauncey in office than someone who really wants to harm this nation.”

Freelancer on February 25, 2015 at 12:47 PM

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