Democrat unleashes on GOP and media confirms its ‘double standard’
Conservative women can add ‘hostility’ to list of their obstacles
f you were waiting to see an obvious double standard in the way media outlets cover Democrats vs. Republicans, you didn’t have to wait long. Cue Jen O’Malley Dillon – Joe Biden’s campaign manager and newly named deputy White House chief of staff. In an interview with Glamour magazine
, O’Malley Dillon uses a seven-letter version of a four-letter word to describe Senate Republicans.
The news isn’t that she holds these senators she theoretically is going to work with in such low regard, nor that Democrats in Washington have such enmity towards Republicans in general. (Anyone remember the look of horror on the faces of the Obama White House staff when the last transition began?)
The news is how these comments were greeted (celebrated?) by the media and the duplicity in how they treat the “tone” emanating from the incoming administration. Deputy chief of staff is the position I held under President Trump at the start of his term. Rest assured, if – mere weeks after an emotional and polarizing election – I had referred to Senate Democrats with the same word, I no doubt would have been called on to resign in disgrace.
Lengthy thought pieces would be written about how I represented the polarized nature of our politics and the burn-it-all-down approach of the next administration. Hours of cable news airtime would have been dedicated to pundits analyzing whether President Trump approved of how I spoke.
Instead, this time the media reacted in three ways that serve to highlight their inherent bias. They either ignored the epithet altogether; they celebrated what a strong leader O’Malley Dillon is; or they focused on the hypocrisy of any criticism of her word choice.
To be clear, I am not writing this to attack Jen O’Malley Dillon. I have met her and consider her a talented and formidable political opponent. I know what it’s like to be a tough woman in a senior role in politics and the harsher standard we are held to. I’m sure she’s having a hell of a December. But Democrats are about to start a new Congress with the slimm…