Thursday, April 08, 2004

Sen. Dodd in "Lotts" of Trouble?

The press and the liberals may need a refresher course on some recent history. Just last year, Senator Leader Trent Lott was forced to step down from his position as Majority Leader after he made some “racially insensitive” remarks at a retirement party for former Senator Strom Thurmond.

What Lott actually said was that he voted for him, and that we wouldn’t have all the problems we have now if Sen. Thurmond had been elected. Thurmond, however, had campaigned as a segregationalist. The media and the Washington Democrats attacked Lott viciously for making these remarks to the hundred-year-old Senator, saying that he had indicated his secret preference for discrimination and segregation.Now, however, the same case is being repeated on the other side of the aisle, and the silence is deafening. In commemoration of Senator Robert C. Byrd’s 17,000th Senate vote, Senator Chris Dodd gave him a glowing testimonial, saying, among other things, that “he would have been right at the founding of this country. He would have been in the leadership crafting this Constitution. He would have been right during the great conflict of Civil War in this nation.” Dodd went on to say that there wasn’t any point during this country’s “220-plus year history” where Byrd would have been wrong. The problem is that Senator Byrd is a former Ku Klux Klan “Grand Kleagle.”

This time there is no outrage from Washington Democrats, and leading media outlets like the New York Times haven’t touched the story.Now, I do not think that either Trent Lott or Chris Dodd is a racist. Dodd’s comments, just like Lott’s, were just a little praise in the vain of making an older man happy. I furthermore don’t think that either Thurmond (now dead) or Byrd is a racist in the modern day (even though, in another under-reported story, Sen. Byrd used the phrase “white n-ggers” in an interview). This is merely another sad example of the heavy bias that is crushing the mass media. You could also ask why Dodd’s comment didn’t outrage Sen. Minority Leader Daschle the way Lott’s did last year. Dare I say “double-standard”?

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