Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Feeding Frenzy

This is my second stab at this post. Originally I wrote a few hundred words and then realized I had gone off on the wrong track. So now for "Feeding Frenzy, Mark II."

In recent days we have seen the media (both Legacy and New) go after Sarah Palin through her children. First they went after her new born, claiming that he wasn't actually her son but her grandson. Eventually it came out that Palin's oldest daughter is pregnant at age 17. So for the last 36 hours or so the media has been all over Palin on that count.

Here's the thing - the media is making a GIGANTIC deal out of the vagina and uterus of a 17 year-old in order to trash her mother. That's pretty shabby. But what's really shabby is that the media is pretending that this is a legitimate story for round-the-clock coverage while completely ignoring more important stories involving adult children of one of the other candidates. Why all this focus and scandal mongering about a 17 year-old's sexual proclivities, and hardly a word about Joe Biden's son Hunter.

Hunter Biden is 38 and, unlike young Bristol Palin, has entered into the realm of politics of his own volition. Hunter Biden is a lawyer and a lobbyist. The interesting part concerns Hunter's clients. For example Hunter Biden received $400,000 in consulting fees from MBNA - which benefited greatly from a bankruptcy bill championed by Hunter's father, Senator Joe Biden.

And then there's the University of Delaware. Over the years UD has paid over $1,000,000 to Hunter Biden's lobbying firm. Since 2004 UD has received over $5,000,000 in earmarks, in large part from Joe Biden.

These lobbying efforts COULD have been on the up & up. And of course Obama's campaign insists that Hunter never lobbied his father. But at the very least the media could have tried investigating these stories a little more deeply. How about following up on the payment scheme at the lobbying firm? (As I recall that firm often consisted of only two people.) How much money did Hunter Biden make from entities that lobbied his father for government cash? Has Hunter's firm had other clients that directly benefited from decisions made by Joe Biden?

These stories have been around, and after Barack Obama picked Joe Biden to be his running mate they surfaced again. They disappeared almost as quickly. Now, which story seems more pertinent to the national interest - a story about a 17 year-old having sex in a small town, or the story of a potential corruption by a powerful Senator?

1 comment:

Michael Reynolds said...

Wait. Are you telling me Hunter Biden is pregant?