Imagine the firestorm of outrage that would be ignited in the liberal media were a conservative paper like the Wall Street Journal to hire a Republican pundit who insulted First Lady Michelle Obama during last year's campaign, even if said pundit subsequently apologized. Now compare that to the silence that most certainly will greet the Washington Post hiring Hilary Rosen as an opinion contributor.
Paul Bedard of the Washington Examiner notes that Rosen -- who infamously snarled that Ann Romney "didn't work a day in her life" -- will co-author" the paper's 'Insider's' column with Republican strategist Ed Rogers" (emphasis mine):
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"Hilary will be a lively addition to our diverse voices. Like Ed, she is an experienced insider with strong views and an original, independent mind," said the paper. According to her online Post biography, "Rosen notes that as an openly gay, Jewish, liberal woman, she has little in common with Rogers other than a love for their respective children."
She alone brought mommy wars into the 2012 campaign when she assailed Ann Romney.
It happened in April when while appearing on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 at a time when the Democrats were accusing the GOP of a war on women.
"Guess what?" Rosen said. "His wife has actually never worked a day in her life. She's never really dealt with the kinds of economic issues that a majority of the women in this country are facing." She later apologized.
Did Rosen apologize? You be the judge, as her apology was in the mold of the typical Washington "if you were offended" non-apology apology (emphasis mine):
Less than 24 hours after Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen mocked Ann Romney for having "never worked a day in her life," Rosen apologized to Romney this afternoon for her "poorly chosen" words and aimed to "put the faux 'war against stay at home moms' to rest once and for all."
"I apologize to Ann Romney and anyone else who was offended," Rosen said in a statement. "Let's declare peace in this phony war and go back to focus on the substance."
You may also recall that the liberal media initially dragged their feet on noting the smear, with MSNBC's Chuck Todd dismissing the attack as a "manufactured controversy" and his colleague Andrew Mitchell dutifully defending Rosen.