Candidate proposes to ban public service based on religion. The news media yawns.
Candidate proposes to electrocute Mexicans. The news media mutters.
Candidate proposes to raise taxes on 84% of the least wealthy Americans during difficult economic times. The news media mumbles.
Candidate is accused of sexual harassment. The news media ROARS!
I wonder about the proportionality here. The first three issues are very substantive. The latest issue may be, but we don’t really know yet. As far as reporters currently know, Herman Cain’s sexual harassment settlement a dozen years ago could have been about anything from a serious abuse of power to a misunderstanding. We just don’t have enough evidence at this stage.
But the harassment issue is getting much more coverage than the other substantive stumbles primarily because there are, well you know, privates involved, potentially
Yes, the issue is also being hyped because Cain is now showing better in the horse race than he was a few months ago. It is also being hyped because the political neophyte is handling the questioning like a political neophyte. However, it should be noted that Cain was a front runner during the release of 9-9-9 tax increase analyses. And if you go back to look at Cain’s responses on the Muslim and electric fence stories, he bungled those responses just as badly as yesterday’s responses.
No, the primary reason this issue is wall-to-wall on the news is pretty clear. It is because it is about s-e-x. And in America, s-e-x means r-a-t-i-n-g-s.