Fox News media critic Howard Kurtz hammered the mainstream media Tuesday, specifically the network newscasts, for their immediate coverage of Elizabeth Lauten’s comments on Malia and Sasha Obama.
Lauten, who resigned her post as Rep. Stephen Fincher’s communications director, said in a Facebook post after the president’s daughters made an appearance at the White House turkey pardoning, that the pair should “try showing a little class” and “dress like you deserve respect, not a spot at the bar.”
Specifically, Kurtz bashed the networks reactions by comparing their incessant and immediate coverage of the comments by the “obscure Republican staffer,” as Kurtz puts it, to the Jonathan Gruber’s comments, which were sparsely covered by all three of the network newscasts.
While the network’s coverage was immediate and decisive, the cable networks also covered them with voracity, including CNN anchor Michaela Pereira equating them to “cyberbulling.” (RELATED: CNN Anchor Calls GOP Staffer’s Comment On Obama Daughters “Cyberbullying”).
Kurtz seemed baffled specifically about the network’s lack of coverage on Gruber, remarking that the words of a low-level GOP staffer compared to an architect of Obamacare should be a “blip on the radar,” while noting that the mainstream media loves a “simple morality tale.”