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Political -- in the media over what is and is not appropriate coverage of the first family.
It started when Joan Walsh the left leaning editor at large of salon dot com attacked a conservative blogger.
For revealing where Sasha and Malia Obama were recently vacationing.
That piece which was on break part dot com by the conservative blogger.
Raise questions about the expense of the track and -- the budget changes we've seen in Washington in the whole sequester dust up.
Walsh over on salon suggested this post was racist.
And demanded that people treat the president's daughters with respect.
But the same writer Joan Walsh wrote a scathing article about the bush family's quote alcohol troubles.
Back in 2001.
Reporting on teenage twins Barbara and Jenna Bush even appearing to suggest that the girls could be on the road to becoming alcoholics.
Monica Crowley is a radio talk show -- Houston Paris -- the Daily Beast columnist both are Fox News contributors.
And I have the peace the Joan Walsh posted it in 2001 in front of me.
It is entitled the first family's.
Alcohol troubles now the time the bush daughters their twins were nineteen years old they were in college.
And they were there had been some reports in The National Enquirer originally that she -- heavily in the -- very dependent on the enquirer.
About some some drinking incidents that they had and she goes on this is the original piece by her talking about Bush's bad choices as a father.
Saying look there's no evidence -- twin has a drinking problem but the string of news items involving their partying and scrapes with a -- -- -- last few months cannot be ignored.
Recklessness in the first few months of their father's presidency -- their parents screwed up by downplaying an even denying President Bush's own drinking problem.
And goes on to describe them as a washed beat Texas bush family.
Saying the first twins are acting out as a result.
And talking about how he may some -- find he won the White House at the cost of an honest relationship with his daughters so I ask you -- -- Who is Joan Walsh to lecture anyone on respect.
For the first family.
Yeah I mean that's pretty outrageous she did write a follow up post saying that she wouldn't write that that article again that shouldn't really clarify why -- or walk what's changed in the last twelve years or so.
Because it's not like John was you know 22 when she wrote that she was an adult she was a journalist so.
You know I think that it was.
You know pretty.
Pretty bad and very cruel to the bush daughters and they were in college you know I needed -- -- -- when Chelsea Clinton went to college I remember it.
The reporters were very hands off about that they you know really did knock you never heard anything about Chelsea for the most part and that -- sort of understood.
And I think in the same way with that the Obama daughters I don't think you should report -- there vacationing.
I think they are off limits -- -- it you know it we all agree crippling -- after -- lost to be to call it racist I think.
I just think it's it's bad bad taste is bad journalism I would.
How race right that was the other point she was making Monica apart from that the hypocrisy of what she has done it and and when she got caught.
Because she didn't disclose in her piece bashing right part that she herself had done this to first daughters.
Ten years ago.
But she was caught and branded media tight -- then -- are posted.
Posted here a 2001.
You know hit -- the bush daughters then she came out says well.
You know I wouldn't use that same tone I guess -- I guess I regret that article but that was a legitimate news story.
But but where the Obama daughters are vacationing is not now we all agree we don't talk about where the first daughters are vacationing that wasn't right it's for their safety -- protector for spam and.
-- The the charges that it is racists to discuss the first family's vacations.
Your thoughts on that.
Yeah it's really despicable -- and that that she brings out this line about racism she brought it up in the first piece and in -- follow what piece that.
-- in just side issue raised it again that if somehow you criticized.
This president on anything whether it's on.
-- deficit whether it's on out of control government spending whether it's on.
Obama care whether it's on the fact that this is their third vacation and were only in the third month of the year at a time of sequester and gotten belt tightening for every American and especially for the government or should be anyway.
And if you raise legitimate.
Criticisms about the way this man is governing the country that somehow you're racist racist.
It is first -- it's despicable and it's outrageous and should not be tolerated secondly it has no place in this conversation.
I mean remember Martin Luther King Jr.
said let time com.
When we don't judged by the color of skin but by the content of character now we have of the first black president.
We should be extending that to well let's judged by the content of this -- what does he isn't it -- -- what do you and other lending that it is that the reason.
This is what she says she writes in her piece -- FEMA must re doing stories on Sasha Malia Michelle Obama's vacations and leisure time activities seems to be that there are entitled princesses.
When they do exactly the same kinds of things other presidents -- have done throughout history.
And she talks about how she believes that this is this is that people think that they are quote -- -- he.
And that there's a racist -- to talking about their expensive vacations and asked and that's remit Michelle Obama went and.
While you know.
That this vacation thing goes on in every -- -- every administration and sure you all remember we always were hearing about George Bush -- mountain biking and George Bush going to the ranch and how many times you've gone to the ranch Maureen -- loves to write about it.
You know so it's it's so pervasive it you know when John Kerry was running for president you know he goes windsurfing -- goes skiing or whatever.
Each side -- -- it's it's not race there's nothing racist about it they're just doing what they always do it doesn't matter you know and and -- -- to pretend like she doesn't know back.
You know that that you she did herself you know -- this is just I I don't do it personally I think they should be allowed to take vacations.
But you know -- and I'm sorry Secret Service has to go along and -- -- he paid for it doesn't mean.
You know they should be over doing it but I don't begrudge -- going on vacation and certainly the daughters are off limits.
But -- kind of -- right -- story and it was the most straightforward story I wouldn't have written it because he disclosed where they work.
-- -- needed me to do that he -- said there haven't ritzy place period -- -- they didn't any minute to get into it.
You know I admit there's been a theme of administering the vacations at the obamas have taken that a -- pricing -- fancy places in part because Barack Obama's from -- Hawaii.
And so they go to Hawaii a lot Michelle Obama likes to skis -- they got a ski places which tends to be expensive and -- we're not gonna get into where the first daughters are now but.
The point is he's trying to make a point he didn't have to get into specifics but I do want to ask you this Monica because.
You know again again certain people on the left.
Like to go back to that to the racism -- -- -- -- I mean everything is racist was was Joan Walsh called.
You know a racist when she went after the bush daughters know because she's white and they were white but if bush had -- black and she wrote that same exact piece about the bush daughters.
And they're drinking.
Some of her colleagues on the left what is said she isn't racist it's like that when you're not immune from criticism just because of the first black -- And and it shouldn't be it shouldn't be either shield or a sword used against you yet that's exactly the point -- and unfortunately what's so tragic about this is that.
So many folks on the left have made the racism card -- go to cart.
To attack anybody who is -- opposing President Obama on any number of issues and that is what's really.
It's despicable and -- tragic because yes there is real racism that exists in every time the race card.
Is polled and played in a place where it doesn't belong every time racism is injected.
Where it doesn't exist and where it hasn't existed and where it's inappropriate and and has no placed.
Didn't actually -- its real racism and makes it harder.
For people to take a look at real racism so for the left to do this on a routine basis still after all of this time.
It actually it's -- feast their own purpose -- and it makes people tune out what they're saying yeah.
She didn't have to go there if -- just said rendition of the on this is -- -- media people do we tend to protect -- family she would have been a solid footing but she she went to a dark place.
And she got cop she got caught it and being hypocritical panel thank you both so much you bank and -- what start.
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