Media Coverage Different for Republicans and Democrats
Hunter Biden’s separation from the U.S. Navy actually took place in February, according to multiple media reports on October 17th, but for some reason wasn’t reported until now. That’s a little ironic, given that Hunter Biden’s job with the US Navy Reserve was a public-relations official. The 44-year-old son of the Vice President had been commissioned as an ensign less than a year earlier, and tested positive for cocaine the very next month.
Because of his age, 43 when he was to be commissioned, he needed a waiver to join the Navy. He received a second Navy waiver because of a drug-related incident when he was a young man, according to people familiar with the matter. Military officials say such drug waivers aren’t uncommon.
Mr. Biden was commissioned as an ensign on May 7, 2013, and assigned to Navy Public Affairs Support Element East in Norfolk, Va., a reserve unit, according to the Navy.
Weeks after his expulsion, Hunter Biden has was appointed to the Board of Directors of the largest non-government gas producer in war-torn Ukraine in spite of his admitted use of cocaine.
No action has been taken by the Connecticut Bar Association and it looks like he will be allowed to practice law, despite his admitted use of cocaine.
On the other hand, Sarah Palin’s daughters were, apparently, attacked at a party in Alaska and the news was immediate and intense. So intense was that coverage that a CNN reporter making a rather insincere apology after the fact for having mocked, laughed at and ridiculed the recording of Bristol Palin’s statement to the police. In the days following the incident in Alaska, CNN no fewer than five major segments on this ‘non-story’.
CNN’s Carol Costello Gleefully Presents Audio of Incident
It was a violent incident in which Bristol Palin, daughter of the former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, said she was assaulted and cursed out.
But as graphic audio from the night of the fight emerged, CNN anchor Carol Costello treated the whole thing like a big, delicious joke.
“This is quite possibly the best minute and a half of audio we’ve ever come across,” Costello said, sounding gleeful as she introduced audio of a distraught Bristol Palin describing being attacked. “Well, come across in a long time anyway.”
Costello told her viewers to, “Sit back and enjoy.”
On Thursday, Costello apologized for the way she had treated the incident…to Politico.
But as the Washington Post’s Erik Wemple pointed out Friday evening, Costello did not apologize on her own show, and in Wemple’s view, that’s much like when NBC executives apologized to other media outlets, but not on NBC itself, for editing audio from the George Zimmerman 911 call.
“Earlier this week, morning anchor Carol Costello exhibited brazen insensitivity to the ordeal experience by Bristol Palin and her family members in a recent brawl that has attracted a great deal of media attention,” Wemple wrote. “The Erik Wemple Blog catches Costello’s CNN show daily — and thinks sky-highly of her anchoring work — but didn’t catch any moment of regret mirroring what she told Politico. A CNN spokeswoman confirms no such event has taken place. It must.”
For her part, Sarah Palin rejected Costello’s apology via Politico, Fox News reported.
“I understand that the CNN host who laughed at my daughter describing her assault has issued an apology to Politico,” Palin said. “Why Politico needs an apology is anyone’s guess. No one at CNN contacted my family regarding an apology, in case you were wondering.”