A tale of two treatments
Those of us who believe in fair play, the tit-for-tat variety, continually are flabbergasted at how the media treat folks based on their political leanings.
Take, for instance, the recent case of Tammy Randolph, Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s nominee to the University of Alaska Board of Regents. She withdrew her name from consideration this week after a storm of criticism for past social media posts.
The Anchorage Daily News reported: “The Alaska Democratic Party blasted some of her posts on its social media feeds on Friday, describing her appointment as “outrageous.” Fairbanks writer Dermot Cole posted screenshots of her posts on his blog. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner also posted screenshots from Randolph’s Twitter feed.”
Frankly, some of the posts contained harsh language and were, to be kind, a little rough – certainly not something you would expect from a university regent. She owned up to them, apologized and pulled her name.
Then, take the case of liberal Anchorage Assemblyman Chris Constant, who, in a fit of liberal pique last year fired off stunningly crude, shocking Facebook posts directed at the editor of a local news and commentary website, Suzanne Downing, a Republican who needles the political Left mercilessly.
Constant oh-so-cleverly told readers she is a “calumnious unfit noisome turd” and a “callous unfit nasty trashmouth.” Pretend you are 14 years old and, as he urged Facebook readers, read between the lines.
Surely you remember the cyclone of outrage that enveloped Constant after his misogynistic attack on Downing? You do not because there was not the first breath of outrage, not even a well-deserved snit. Not from the Assembly. Not from apoplectic political colleagues. Not from media or opinion columnists or editorial boards. Not even a desultory tsk-tsk-tsk or sneering headline in this #MeToo age.
What do you think would have happened if Constant were a Republican assemblyman with an apparent penchant for female body parts who took a few moments to trash a Democratic woman he disagreed with. Our best guess: Political carnage.
Constant apologized to Downing; she accepted. In another Facebook post he apologized “for becoming personal in my opposition to her opinions, and especially for the horrible language I used. I know better and I am profoundly sorry.”
In the end, though, it is business as usual. Randolph bites the dust; Constant gets a free ride and continues unscathed on the Assembly.
The media at work.