Double Standard: AP's National Site Ignores Sacramento Dem's 'May Your Children All Die' Tweet

On Friday, Allan Brauer, the Sacramento County Democratic Party's communications director directed the following tweet (HT Twitchy) at Amanda Carpenter, a speechwriter for Texas Senator Ted Cruz: "May your children all die from debilitating, painful and incurable diseases."

Brauer's action got the attention of Leslie Larson at the New York Daily News and myriad national web sites across the ideological spectrum, including Mediaite, PJ Media, and The Blaze. But at the Associated Press, it's a California-only story worthy of only five paragraphs (reproduced in full for future reference, fair use and discussion purposes):


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A search on "Brauer" at the AP's national site at 9:15 a.m. this morning returned nothing.

The indispensable Iowahawk, aka David Burge, noted the following:

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For those who would try to argue that the Brauer story isn't really national in nature and that the AP's treatment is acceptable — a bad argument on its face, in my view — recall that two years ago, the wire service made a national story out of an Orange County, California Republican Party official's internal email (this link at Yahoo indicates that when posted, it was given national story treatment):

A Southern California Republican Party official was under fire Saturday after allegations she sent an email that included an altered photo depicting President Barack Obama as an ape.

An e-mail reportedly sent by party central committee member Marilyn Davenport shows an image, posed like a family portrait, of chimpanzee parents and child, with Obama's face artificially superimposed on the child. Text beneath the photo reads, "Now you know why no birth certificate."

Davenport, when reached by The Associated Press, said she would provide a written statement with her response, but several hours later she had not issued one.

The alternative newspaper OC Weekly first reported the story, and was told by Davenport that the e-mail was "just an Internet joke." She also asked the Weekly, "You're not going to make a big deal about this are you?"

The double standard is obvious. Public intemperance by Democrats is minimized wherever possible. Republican intemperance, even in internal correspondence, is national news.

Cross-posted at BizzyBlog.com.

Tom Blumer
Tom Blumer
Tom Blumer is a contributing editor for NewsBusters.