Conservative publisher Andrew Breitbart was on Saturday's "Fox & Friends" to discuss the double standard concerning how President Obama's gaffes are reported compared to the miscues of Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann.
In Breitbart's view, "Life for [Palin and Bachmann] is a permanent game of Jeopardy where the George Stephanopouloses of the world, he of the Clinton war room, are there to try to make them look stupid on YouTube" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
MOLLY LINE, CO-HOST: Does the mainstream media have a bias against conservative women? Our next guest, Andrew Breitbart from BigGovernment.com joining us.
DAVE BRIGGS, CO-HOST: Andrew, good morning to you, sir. No, he's not one of the Founding Fathers, but I think the questioning here, these very questions being asked of Michele Bachmann, would you hear those posed to Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, etc.?
ANDREW BREITBART: No, well, you wouldn’t hear this against Barbara Boxer or Loretta Sanchez. The thing is that Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann represent an existential threat to the Democratic Party the way that 20 years ago Clarence Thomas as a black man represented to liberals and the Democrat Party. The Democratic Party likes to think of itself as the party of minorities, and when in the Republican Party so many women and attractive women and accomplished women rise to the top, it's going to take the media to destroy them because at the end of the day, Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin, you go by the polls, represent what the American people represent on the issues.
LINE: You know, our lawmakers and the candidates themselves, they're not infallible. They do make mistakes. And we have a little clip here together of some of the mistakes, the gaffes that President Obama has made.
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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, these countries are tiny compared to the Soviet Union. I've now been in 57 states. I don't know what the term is in Austrian. Wheeling and dealing. Navy corpsman Christian Bouchard. Corpsman Bouchard. Corpsman Bouchard. Malia’s thirteen, Sasha’s ten. They're thirteen and ten.
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LINE: Now, you know, everybody does make mistakes out there, but do you feel like the media is treating President Obama differently from how they’re treating Michele Bachmann as she gains steam on the campaign trail?
BREITBART: Well, what you just saw with President Obama they call in tennis an unforced error. What they try and do with Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann is to force errors, to ask gotcha questions. Life for them is a permanent game of Jeopardy where the George Stephanopouloses of the world, he of the Clinton war room, are there to try to make them look stupid on YouTube.
Indeed. We saw this in 2008 with Katie Couric and Charlie Gibson's interviews of Palin where it was clear that she was being quizzed like a game show contestant by an arrogant moderator doing his or her best to make the former Alaska governor look foolish.
Now Bachmann is being subjected to the same treatment.
As this isn't how male presidential candidates are questioned, and wasn't the way the press handled Hillary Clinton in 2008, one has to conclude that attractive, conservative women are flat out treated differently by America's so-called journalists.