- Aug 26, 2007
- Reaction score
- San Antonio Texas
- Political Leaning
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/aug/3/medias-lives-double-standards-accelerate/[FONT="]According to the media, not all grieving parents of fallen servicemen are created equal. Whether those parents are protected, defended and respected or ignored, dismissed and smeared depends on their political affiliation — and how useful they are to the “right” side.
[/FONT][FONT="]Witness the tale of three parents that emerged during the course of the Republican and Democratic conventions. On the first evening of the Republican convention, [/FONT]Patricia Smith[FONT="] spoke lovingly about her son Sean, who was one of four Americans killed in the Islamic terror attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012. She reminded the world of the kind of man Sean was — a decent, hardworking patriot who chose to serve his country in one of the most dangerous places on earth.
[FONT="]A week later, another grieving mother appeared in prime time at the Democratic convention. Khizr Khan and his wife Ghazala paid tribute to their son, Army Capt. Humayun Khan, who was killed in action in Iraq in 2004. Like [/FONT]Mrs. Smith[FONT="], Mr. Khan also told us what a fine, brave, patriotic man Humayun was. But unlike [/FONT]Mrs. Smith[FONT="], he attacked someone who had no responsibility for his son’s death: Donald Trump.
[FONT="]Three parents suffered the ultimate loss through similar experiences, yet one was largely marginalized while the others were celebrated. After their speeches, [/FONT]Mrs. Smith[FONT="] receded while the Khans were granted countless interviews to continue their anti-Trump barrage. A Media Research Center’s analysis showed that the Khans received more than 50 times more coverage from the three major broadcast networks than they gave to [/FONT]Mrs. Smith[FONT="]. And the coverage was predictably unfair: MSNBC described [/FONT]Mrs. Smith[FONT="]’s speech as “offensive” and Mr. Khan’s as ” memorable,” the Nation described her remarks as “a cynical exploitation of grief,” and a writer for GQ magazine said he’d like to “beat her to death.” [/FONT]Mrs. Smith[FONT="] described being “treated like dirt.”[/FONT]
The article is most excellent.