During the 2008 presidential campaign, media members were conspicuously disinterested in one candidate's connection to domestic terrorists as well as his ties to an America-hating reverend.
Following the second debate during this election cycle, the Huffington Post's Sam Stein actually wrote an article about Mitt Romney having knowledge of a hockey game going on at the same time Republican presidential candidates were swapping jabs, and whether that may have violated the rules:
It was, in the end, a minor bit of political pandering in a debate that featured its fair share. But when former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney announced to the New Hampshire crowd on Monday night that the Boston Bruins (a favorite in the Granite State) had jumped to a 4-0 lead in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals, eyebrows were raised.
How, after all, had Romney found out about the score while onstage with his fellow Republican candidates for president? [...]
An email to a representative from CNN, the debate's host, to see if briefing Romney on hockey scores constituted a similar breach wasn't immediately returned....A CNN official confirms that there were no rules prohibiting a candidate from talking to staffers during Monday night's debate.
You read that right.
The unemployment rate is 9.1 percent, gas prices have more than doubled in the last two years, home values appear to be heading even lower, and Stein is actually worried about how a candidate for the most powerful office in the land learned about a hockey score during a debate.
He himself admitted in the piece that the "entire episode seemed rather innocuous." Then why report it and take precious front page space from the popular website he writes for?
Because the microscope on all of Obama's possible contenders is going to be electron-like.
There will be no passes given like what the media gave to a totally unqualified junior senator from Illinois during the last presidential cycle.
The faintest ill-timed sneeze or innocent misstatement will be examined and cross-examined for any possible edge to be given to the man these same shills put in the White House in January 2009.
Yes, even something as "innocuous" as a candidate knowing the score of a hockey game will be dissected to determine if any rules were broken.
If even one tenth this energy had been devoted to examining the background of the former junior senator from Illinois, there would unquestionably be a different man occupying the White House today.
But at least voters know Romney didn't break any rules finding out the score of that hockey game.
Nice job, Sam. I see a Pulitzer in your future.