Bias statement: Most people think of me as a liberal. And if I had to categorize myself I would agree. But this post probably would not be held in high esteem by the liberal elite. Why? Because this post is all about the bias of the main stream media (MSM for the radical right). The MSM has been out in force this past week – covering the story of the wacko christian Preacher who planned on burning the Islam Holy text – the Koran. Fearful of alienating more people of the Islam faith the MSM poured fuel on the fire. The fire raged.
This week saw Muslim protests around the world at the mere planning of a Koran burning. The images on the televised news were clear – the burning of the American Flag, the burning in effigy any symbol of the United States. These protests were held in nearly every dominant Muslim country in the world. They were essentially saying, “How dare you Americans burn one of our symbols?”
The MSM did no justice to the cause of peace and harmony in the world. Much like the co-dependent spouse in an abusive relationship – the American MSM blamed ourselves for the misbehavior of others. There is certainly merit in the argument that just because someone else acts out of hatred we are not justified in acting the same way. My father used to become absolutley livid if I justified misbehavior by saying my peers were also misbehaving. So this – just because someone else burns the symbols of our Nation we are not justified in becoming as wacko as them.
But put the MSM aside for a moment. Who cares what Bill O’Reilly or Keith Olberman think or say? They are just opposite sides of the same coin. The reality feels like there is a double standard for our country, the dominant faith of our country and the Muslim dominated countries of wacko land.
Personally, I get really tired of being held to a higher standard. High standards are important; I hold my children and grandchildren to high standards. Like my father before me I become very disturbed when I hear one of my descendants claim immunity based on the similar behavior of others. A copycat crime is still a crime. A copycat injustice is still an injustice.
But my father before me would address issues on two fronts. First he would correct the behavior of his child – then he would take the issue to the parents of my comrades in mischief. If peer behavior did not change my father would make some very definite decisions about who I could hang around – I should note that my father was not one to cross. My father did not have a double standard – he did not care who was at fault for a wrong done – bad behavior was simply not tolerated. Sometimes my friend’s parents did not agree with my father – and my friends continued in behavior not acceptable to my father. But I never felt a double standard being applied to me and my friends. I understood the high standard expected of me by my father – and I understood he applied his standard across the board.
That is where the values of my father and the values of our current political leaders go their separate ways. It seems our political leaders, bunkered by the MSM, demand higher standards from us than they do of others. Well, not exactly, the Tea Party and the Republican leaders have written off any standards of good behavior and have been wallowing in the gutter with the radical Islamic loonies.
I do not believe that wacko Pastor should have even suggested a burning of the Koran. We Americans are better than that. But like my father before me – I believe bad behavior by others should also be challenged. We should police our own behavior. But we should not sit idly by while others abuse us.