March 10, 2008
NY Gov. Spitzer busted for prostitution... let the double standard begin!

Spitzer Is Linked to Prostitution Ring

New York Times
By DANNY HAKIM and WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM
Published: March 10, 2008

ALBANY - Gov. Eliot Spitzer has informed his most senior administration officials that he had been involved in a prostitution ring, an administration official said this morning.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/10/nyregion/10cnd-spitzer.html?_r=2&hp&oref=slogin&oref=slogin

So... now we'll see how the left deals with this. Or if they deal with it at all.

The guy can't be a fiscal conservative, since he was paying, according to the story, $5500 PER HOUR.

But will we see the howls of outrage? Will the left come after Spitzer, a personified hypocrite (as the story will explain) will the Duffer and his ilk come out swinging?

Hardly. And you heard it here first... or was it second... or third?

Posted by Hinton at March 10, 2008 11:42 AM | Email This
Comments
1. It seems that the story linked by Drudge lists his democrat party affiliation in the first few paragraphs. But the PI SANITIZED IT AND REMOVED THE PARTY REFERENCE.

What the matter, PI????

Posted by: Michele on March 10, 2008 11:55 AM
2. Pretty pathetic on the PI's part. I only hope you were equally outraged when Fox News decided to label Foley a Democrat, though.

Posted by: Andrew Brown on March 10, 2008 12:22 PM
3. I'm sure the left will deal with this like the right dealt with David Vitter - by sweeping it under the rug with the complicity of the media.

What's that? Spitzer is front-page news and Vitter's forgotten? Nevermind.

Talk about double standards....

Posted by: TendleVitters on March 10, 2008 12:55 PM
4. "Pretty pathetic on the PI's part. I only hope you were equally outraged when Fox News decided to label Foley a Democrat, though. "

About as outraged as you were when CNN labelled Baghdad Jim McDermott a Republican when he was speaking treason in Iraq with Saddam Hussein.

Posted by: pbj on March 10, 2008 01:04 PM
5. British politicians have one admirable characteristic that ours fail to emulate. They resign at the first hint of scandal. Sadly, ours lie and spin until their guilt becomes obvious. Then, they apologize to everyone and beg for mercy while refusing to resign. Worse, the public lets them get away with it.

The Bits have it right.

Posted by: Paddy on March 10, 2008 01:38 PM
6. Spitzer MAY resign tonight.

http://wcbstv.com/breakingnewsalerts/spitzer.prostitution.ring.2.673848.html

Pity.

Posted by: Hinton on March 10, 2008 01:41 PM
7. Hey, it's no problem, he's a Democrat. He'll apologize, go for "rehab" and the Media will let him off the hook. He's in the party of sex drugs and rock n' roll. This is expected. It's seen as downright cool.

Obviously there is slime on both sides of the aisle. There are plenty of recent Republican sex scandals, but the difference is that conservatives don't think this kind of thing is hip and edgy. Look for plenty of excuses from the left and attempts to turn it around on conservatives.

A scumbag is a scumbag, regardless of party.

Posted by: Jeff B. on March 10, 2008 02:21 PM
8. And oh boy if Lord Acton isn't cheering from his grave right now. You get a sanctimonious bastard like Spitzer who's been trumped up with more power than a god, and he does exactly what we'd expect from a collectivist scumbag and "corrupts absolutely." Beautiful, even Shakespeare couldn't script stuff this perfect. Poetic.

I know you get a bunch of asshat Marxists like Goldy screaming Hypocrisy. But the reality is that this is a great American story of humility. We always go nuclear on scandals of this nature not because American is laregly filled with Puritans, but because we are filled with a great sense of justice. If a guy like Spitzer gets trumped up to be this incredible crusader, who's cleaned up Albany, future presidential material, the Democrat's gift right behind Obama, etc. then we damn well expect him to live up to all of that BS.

Because everyone knows that most of the people that aspire to politics are slimy and power hungry. So, when someone like this trips up, we are more than happy to crucify them in trade for the pedestal that we placed them on in the first place. And this is a double-edged sword or party as well. Makes no difference, conservative or liberal, Foley or Spitzer. Crucify them. If you want to play a god, then you better be as infallible as a god.

Folks, that is American to the core, and it is beautiful. This is one of the many safety valves Americans have for keeping slimy collectivist statist government off of our backs. What a great day.

Obama, beware. You've been trumped up as messianic by your screaming crowds. You better not have any skeletons in the closet.

Posted by: Jeff B. on March 10, 2008 02:35 PM
9. Yeah, I've sent my notes to the Seattle Times, asking whether they needed a little more time to research Spitzer's party affiliation, as they missed it too.

Jeff B., and the other difference is that party is not a factor in Democrat scandal and corruption, as the media always tries to downplay the connection. On the other hand, if it's a Republican, the media won't hesitate to smear the entire party.

Let's see if the mainstream media spends months and hundreds of stories - in this election year - to highlight this Democrat sex scandal involving consenting adults as they did the Mark Foley story? Can't wait for the rest of the story. Were their underage minors who were any of the prostitutes involved? What other high-profile Democrats were also involved with Spitzer? What criminal investigation will be launched and what crimes against Spitzer will be prosecuted?

I know, I'm only kidding. The MSM will have this story killed within days.

Posted by: Reality on March 10, 2008 02:35 PM
10. Reality, in fairness, Bill Clinton took it pretty hard on the chin for the same behavior. I agree with you that the media likes to paint a worse picture of conservatives in the same predicament, but that is that Americans love their fallen heroes. And it goes to justice as I mentioned. The overriding attribute of Americans is the rule of law. And thus, no one is above the law. When you get a hot power broker like Spitzer, who fancies himself much larger than his position, he sets himself up for the fall.

Power is a gift, smart people use it wisely. Spitzer isn't smart. If you get where he is, and you want to stay there, then you gotta play a lot cleaner, or their will be consequences. Hillary is living now with the consequences of Monica Lewinsky.

This justice is uniquely American, and it is great.

Posted by: Jeff B. on March 10, 2008 02:42 PM
11. I noticed that about 2 hours after Stefan busted the PI for omitting all direct references to Spitzer being a democrat, they changed it. hee he

Posted by: Michele on March 10, 2008 04:11 PM
12. If Democrats had any brains at all, and let's face it, they don't. They'd get Hillary to stand up tomorrow and call for Spitzer's resignation. This would be a shrewd political move. Senator Clinton has a lot of "experience" with a philanderer. This would play well with women, and throw a bone to the center right and even some left leaning conservatives. What better way to show support for "womens" issues than to denounce a foolish john. The Democrats could gain a lot by throwing a scumbag like Spitzer under the bus.

But, as I said, Democrats are arrogant above all else. They'll deny this, just as their High Priest Billy Jeff taught them so well, and the won't capitalize on this opportunity. I bet they won't see the skeletons in Obamas closet until too late either.

If there's one thing you can be sure of, it's Democrats scoring own-goals.

Posted by: Jeff B. on March 10, 2008 09:19 PM
13. I think the sex is one part of the story, but isn't the bigger story about some cash transfers and bank accounts? I believe if there is a resignation, it won't be about the sex.

Posted by: WVH on March 10, 2008 10:17 PM
14. At the chow hall this morning they had one of the CNN news shows on and were talking about this story. Of course the Democrat strategists were quick to tell the camera how this is a "personal" issue and should not be in the press at all. That Gov Spitzer and his family should be left alone to deal with this issue in privacy and with dignity. Yep the double standard has begun.

Posted by: TrueSoldier on March 10, 2008 11:34 PM
15. Someone mentioned on the radio that one of Spitzer's associates speculated that it was the Bush administration and the NSA abusing wiretapping trying to set him up.

Posted by: Smokie on March 11, 2008 07:14 AM
16. Hinton: my first thought was yours: this shows him to be a hypocrite no less than any of the Republicans that have been attacked as such in recent years, and the press probably will not portray him as such.

Then I turn on CNN, and I see a Politico guy saying Spitzer's public persona is all about morality and self-righteousness, and that this was hypocrisy, and the CNN anchor agreed. A CNN reporter followed later saying the same basic thing.

So for now, anyway, the press is dealing with this fairly. We'll see if it continues.

Posted by: pudge on March 11, 2008 09:13 AM
17. I have to agree. So far, the discussions I've seen have been even-handed. Even local media; once, well, taken to task, cowboys up and names his party.

I may have been wrong on this, especially if he doesn't resign...if the bias is there on this, it's much more subtle than I thought it would be.

Posted by: Hinton on March 11, 2008 10:18 AM
18. #15: Actually it was HIS OWN BANK that got suspicious of the activity in his account and alerted authorities.

Posted by: Michele on March 11, 2008 09:48 PM
19. Just sent this. Kathy Best appears to be the official complaint bouncer at the Times. Yesterday her response to my charges of bias was that the omissions in the Times story on Spitzer were simple mistakes. Seems they still can't figure it out this morning.

To: "Kathy Best" kbest@seattletimes.com
Subject: Re: Spitzer story on seattletimes.com
Date:Wednesday, March 12, 2008

If there isn't a story here, then there is no moon orbiting the Earth. This from MRC below. If the Times made an error, then where is the story exposing this bias and cover-up? Oh, and add one more Times' story today that fails to mention Spitzer's party affiliation. (At least at the time of this message)

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2004272692_apspitzerprostitution.html

You liberals are incredible, but this time there is absolutely no denying your bias! Too bad Americans can't sue the media for betrayal.

1. For Second Night, ABC and NBC Refuse to Utter Spitzer's Party ID
Just as occurred Monday night, viewers of Tuesday's ABC and NBC evening newscasts never heard the word "Democrat" applied to New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, nor did they even put a "(D)" on screen by his name as ABC did briefly Monday. CBS didn't announce his party either on Tuesday night, but Katie Couric had done so Monday night. The ABC and NBC newscasts, however, did put "(R)" on screen over soundbites from Republicans and NBC's Mike Taibbi twice referred to the reaction from "Republican" politicians. Fill-in ABC anchor Elizabeth Vargas avoided any party tag: "New York's Governor, Eliot Spitzer, spent most of the day today huddled behind closed doors debating whether to resign after being linked to a prostitution ring." On NBC, substitute anchor Ann Curry led: "Tonight, the investigation of New York Governor Eliot Spitzer's fall from grace is broadening..." Viewers could only figure out Spitzer's party by implication as both shows aired a soundbite from Republican Congressman Peter King with an "(R)" on screen.

2. Today Spends 4 Hours Ignoring the 'D' Next to Spitzer's Name
With four hours of air time to fill, NBC's Today show devoted a whopping 11 segments on Tuesday to the Eliot Spitzer scandal but not once did any of the show's anchors, reporters, guests, talking heads or even on-screen graphics mention the fact that Spitzer is a Democrat. Today co-anchor Meredith Vieira set the tone when she ignored Spitzer's party affiliation as she opened the March 11 Today show: "Good morning, client number nine. New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, a hard-charging moral crusader caught in a federal sting involving a high-price call girl ring." NBC's Matt Lauer, also bypassing the "D" next to Spitzer's name, piped in: "Just when you thought you couldn't be shocked any more we go from Eliot Ness to Eliot Mess. Another high profile politician making a stunning admission."

3. CBS's Early Show Makes No Mention of Spitzer Being a Democrat
CBS's Early Show on Tuesday began with nearly nine minutes devoted to New York Governor Eliot Spitzer's sex scandal, but did not feature anyone saying the word "Democrat." The only hint as to his party came in two brief instances of "(D)" on screen next to Spitzer's name. The second of two stories before a discussion segment portrayed Spitzer as a great crusader against corporate corruption as reporter Jeff Glor explained: "Eliot Spitzer was once called 'Crusader of the Year' by Time magazine...Spitzer built his career by taking down white-collar criminals and righting the wrongs of Wall Street."

4. USA Today Never Labels Spitzer as Dem, But Tags Craig and Vitter
In 1,760 words, Tuesday's front page USA Today article on New York Governor Eliot Spitzer never identified him as a Democrat, not even in photo captions, though the online version was updated with his party affiliation, yet described Senators Larry Craig and David Vitter as Republicans in the first mentions of their names in the story.

Posted by: Reality on March 12, 2008 07:41 AM
20. As expected, the Times has slipped in another story on the same link that does identify Spitzer as a Democrat. This time, though, not until paragraph 13. Far enough down that most readers probably won't get to it. Certainly not like their handling of the Jim West or Mark Foley controversies, where "Republican" showed up in headlines and was used multiple times throughout the articles.

Posted by: Reality on March 12, 2008 08:29 AM
21. I'll bet if we look back, these same news outlets never identified Clinton as a democrat either!

Probably mislead countless millions of Americans.

These news programs and writing is coming out of NY - they know the party of their (former) governor - they don't care if you don't because for them anything west of the state line is terra incognito...

These posts are rich.


Posted by: BA on March 12, 2008 11:50 AM
22. I'll bet if we look back, these same news outlets never identified Clinton as a democrat either!

Probably mislead countless millions of Americans.

These news programs and writing is coming out of NY - they know the party of their (former) governor - they don't care if you don't because for them anything west of the state line is terra incognito...

These posts are rich.


Posted by: BA on March 12, 2008 01:38 PM
23. Wow, so many freaking that the word Democrat is not in the first sentence? Philanderers on both sides of the aisle folks - are you keeping score or something? To transfer one's personal transgressions to their political party just makes those trying to do that look silly.

Posted by: Susannity on March 14, 2008 12:12 PM
24. productive labour employed in manufactures, can ever occasion so great purposes, has not arrived at that degree of opulence for which it seems

Posted by: Martgeia on March 14, 2008 07:04 PM
25. productive labour employed in manufactures, can ever occasion so great purposes, has not arrived at that degree of opulence for which it seems

Posted by: Martgeia on March 14, 2008 07:04 PM
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