Equal Standards

Juan Williams, from NPR and Fox News, has an excellent article in the Wall Street Journal.  Here are a few good quotes:

If his presidency is to represent the full power of the idea that black Americans are just like everyone else — fully human and fully capable of intellect, courage and patriotism — then Barack Obama has to be subject to the same rough and tumble of political criticism experienced by his predecessors. To treat the first black president as if he is a fragile flower is certain to hobble him. It is also to waste a tremendous opportunity for improving race relations by doing away with stereotypes and seeing the potential in all Americans.


Every American president must be held to the highest standard. No president of any color should be given a free pass for screw-ups, lies or failure to keep a promise.


There is a dangerous trap being set here. The same media people invested in boosting a black man to the White House as a matter of history have set very high expectations for him. When he disappoints, as presidents and other human beings inevitably do, the backlash may be extreme.

Excellent.  He really gets to the heart of many of the postings by the staff here at the Moratorium site, the fact that the media treats Liberals with kid gloves and give them pass after pass after pass while holding Conservatives feet to the fire.  It’s great reading.


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10 Responses to “Equal Standards”

  1. Robin Says:

    I heard Rush read this today and thought – Amen! Finally someone has it right.

  2. Josh Brandt Says:

    Amen is right.

  3. Dillon Sorensen Says:

    “Juan Williams, from NPR and Fox News” – wait…what? NPR and Fox News? I’m confused…

    But, I agree – President Obama should be held to the same standard as all other Presidents have been.

  4. Roland Says:

    He is a contributor on Fox News, he is also on NPR. He has also written many good books (for a Liberal) lol.

  5. Dillon Sorensen Says:

    And they let him on Fox? I underestimate you Republicans!

  6. Roland Says:

    Republican? Who are you talking to? I left the Republican party (I still need to blog about that).

    Unlike NBC/MSNBC with Conservatives, Fox actually has quite a few Liberals on staff and actually allows Liberal guests.

  7. Dude Says:

    Juan Williams makes great points and let’s both sides have it. Yes, he is a Liberal but doesn’t have huge love fests over Democrats like the rest of the media does.

  8. Josh Brandt Says:

    Dillon, I am watching FNC right now (I am home sick), and in the last hour I have seen Neil Cavuto talk with at least 2 liberals, it is not an uncommon thing on Fox news.

  9. Gwen Stacey Says:

    Josh, Liberals like Dillon only know one thing: Fox News is the Great Satan and the cause of all the worlds ills.

  10. Dillon Sorensen Says:

    Josh – Republicans like Gwen only know one thing: the Liberal media is destroying America.

    Gwen – If you are going to be rude, I would appreciate it if you addressed me directly. Thanks!

    Anyway, my comment was a joke. Relax people.

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