Last month, the New York Times moralized in print over Republican Rep. Joe Wilson's "disrespectful" outburst ("You lie!") during Obama's health care address to Congress. But when a Democrat said the GOP plan for health care is that people should "die quickly" and later compared the current system to the Holocaust, it's not even worthy of a mention in the newspaper.
A Wednesday afternoon post by Jane Lorber on the nytimes.com "Caucus" blog, "G.O.P. Seeks Grayson Apology, or Rebuke," had a dismissive take on Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson's Tuesday insult of Republicans on the House floor, and his incendiary Holocaust follow-up comment when asked to apologize.
If legislative wrist slaps could save Americans from what Republicans and Democrats say is in the other party's health care proposals, Congress would really be in business.
House Republicans are hoping the threat of a punitive resolution -- much like the censure their own Joe Wilson received earlier this month -- can force Florida Representative Alan Grayson to apologize for saying that Republicans want sick Americans to "die quickly."
"It's a very simple plan," Mr. Grayson said in an after-hours speech on the House floor Tuesday, unveiling a poster next to him that read in red and black capital letters, "The Republican health care plan: Don't get sick."
"But I think that the Republicans understand that's not always going to work," he added. "If you get sick, America, the Republican health care plan is this: Die quickly."
(Less than two hours later, Mr. Grayson offered an apology of sorts. His remorse was not for Republicans, rather for the dead, he said, comparing the existing health care system to the Holocaust.
("I apologize to the dead and their families that we haven't voted sooner to end this holocaust in America," he said on the House floor Wednesday afternoon.)
A full day after his outburst, Grayson's rants aren't even mentioned in the Thursday print edition, not even as an anecdote in a related article.