CNN ran with the story of James O'Keefe (famous for his ACORN exposing pimp routine) and his sick attempted prank of a CNN reporter.
The details of the attempted prank are gross, childish and completely indefensible, to be sure. They are garnering the condemnation of CNN and the left, obviously. But they are also being roundly criticized and disavowed by the right as well. Brent Bozell of Media Research Center issued this statement:
The MRC unequivocally denounces James O'Keefe for his attempted assault on CNN. It isn't just childish and immature; it's ugly, dishonest and filthy. There is no place in the conservative movement for this type of behavior and that's exactly what I warned about in a commentary piece I submitted to CNN.com just two days ago.
Bottom line: We want nothing to do with O'Keefe or his dirty antics.
What remains to be seen is whether the left, in expressing their understandable animosity towards O'Keefe's prank will be equally concerned about the degradation of women by their own.
For instance, Alex Leo writes at the Huffington Post:
This language and this plan is so obviously the work of people threatened by women with power, by women they can't control, by women with opposing views, by women who are not submissive to them.
It is vital we recognize this for what it was: not simply a partisan attack on supposed liberals, but an attack on women. These assumptions are common, even if outlandish sex-boat plans are not.
The seriousness with which we can take Ms. Leo depends largely on whether she will simultaneously condemn folks like Democrat strategist Bob Beckel and other slime merchants on her own side of the political aisle when they attack strong, conservative women.
This issue is beyond left and right, it's about demanding these actions not be tolerated and demanding people take a stand.
You're right, Ms. Leo. So when the next Palin attack comes (or on other rising conservative women), we'll be looking for your piece.