It was a metaphysical certitude that liberal media members were going to once again show their hypocritical colors and defend Alec Baldwin’s homophobic attack on a British reporter Thursday.
ABC’s David Muir came through for the high-strung actor on Saturday’s World News actually calling the attack an “alleged slur” (video follows with transcript and commentary):
At the beginning of the program, Muir teased:
DAVID MUIR: And under fire. Paula Deen losing millions in just a week after admitting using a racial slur. Tonight the other case. The newest alleged slur from Alec Baldwin. Some asking why no backlash for him.
So to the folks at ABC News, writing “I’m going to find you, George Stark, you toxic little queen, and I’m gonna f--k…you…up” is an “alleged slur?”
So is “If [sic] put my foot up your f--king ass, George Stark, but I’m sure you’d dig it too much?"
Those are “alleged” slurs?
Of course, ABC News chose not to share that second tweet with viewers. They must have thought it was too incriminating.
Such is how liberal media members defend transgressors they support.
But that was just the beginning:
MUIR: Well tonight actor Alec Baldwin is apologizing after several ugly tweets have him in hot water again. But this evening, some are asking if there's a sort of celebrity double standard here as Paula Deen pays dearly after admitting to using slurs herself. Here's ABC's Gio Benitez.
GIO BENITEZ: It's the latest twitter tirade from Alec Baldwin, this time directed at a reporter who wrote about his wife.
“I'm going to find you, you toxic little queen and I'm going to expletive you up.”
The British reporter had alleged that Baldwin’s wife had been tweeting from the pew at James Gandolfini's funeral this week. Baldwin denied the accusations unleashing a flurry of disparaging tweets to his one million followers.
HOWARD BRAGMAN, ABC NEWS CONSULTANT, REPUTATION.COM: There he goes again. This is a guy who has a history of throwing tantrums, whether in public or on social media.
BENITEZ: This latest tantrum happened in the same week that celebrity chef Paula Deen lost a reported $12.5 million worth of corporate sponsors following the revelation that she once used a racial slur. Just months ago, Baldwin reportedly argued with a New York Post photographer, using a racial epithet, and calling him a crack head and drug dealer. Baldwin denied it.
Now some on Twitter are comparing the two celebs. Quote “Paula Deen's career destroyed by words she used 30 years ago, but Alec Baldwin has profane threatening rant on Twitter.”
BRAGMAN: Alec Baldwin is kind of a loveable rogue. We're kind of sensitized to the fact that Alec Baldwin’s had another outburst.
BENITEZ: Last night Baldwin apologized to the gay community saying, “The words had absolutely nothing to do with issues of anyone’s sexual orientation.” Baldwin’s wife is now speaking out on Twitter, defending her husband, saying some of her best friends are gay and she would never have married a homophobic man.
Yes, Benitez really did say “some of her best friends are gay.”
I didn’t make that up.
And this is how liberal media members cover for one of their own.
Just imagine how much different this segment would have been if Baldwin were a conservative.
Please also see "Andrew Sullivan: 'Alec Baldwin's a Pro-Gay Liberal, So He May Get a Pass' For Gay Slurs - 'He Shouldn’t'" and "Anderson Cooper: 'Why Does Alec Baldwin Get a Pass Using Gay Slurs?' Conservative 'Would Be Vilified'".