The Media’s Selective Sensitivity to Candidate Blunders

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“I don’t know. Does Cuba have a government-run health-care system?” Imagine a secret tweet by Sarah Palin disclosing such ignorance.

But this was no secret tweet — nor an off-the-cuff comment. It was two-time Democratic presidential candidate and current federal indictee John Edwards speaking on the record at the Iowa caucus in August 2007. The comment was recorded by ABC News, where it languished all but ignored, withered, and finally perished. No “going viral” for this amazing boner by a (fully-declared) two-time U.S. presidential candidate.

“I’m going to be honest with you,” runs the entire blooper as blogged by National Review’s Jim Geraghty.  “I don’t know a lot about Cuba’s healthcare system. Is it a government-run system?”

John Edwards served for over half a decade in the U.S. Senate, sitting on the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and co-sponsoring a resolution for the U.S. to go to war against a nation 6200 miles away. “Saddam Hussein is a tyrant and a menace,” as he explained his sponsorship. “He has weapons of mass destruction and is doing everything in his power to get nuclear weapons…[H]e has supported terrorists.”

The Castro regime sits 90 miles from the nation John Edwards hoped to lead as president. It was the closest to bringing the world to nuclear war out of all the nations on Earth, craved to nuke John Edward’s homeland, and helped train and harbor virtually every terrorist group on the planet. Castro’s Stalinist regime is also implicated in America’s most dogged tragedy/mystery — JFK’s assassination — gave America one of its most serious immigration crises (Mariel Boatlift) and provided one of America’s most watched “human-interest” stories (Elian Gonzalez). The so-called U.S. embargo of Cuba is debated and discussed by the U.S. media and legislature incessantly, especially by Edwards’ former presidential running-mate John Kerry, a tireless proponent of succor for Castro.

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  • Steve Chavez

    If he bacame President, he'd probably take Michael Moore's advice and call his health care, CastroCare since he'd would have eventually learned about universal health care in Cuba which is superior to ours.

    I do have a solution to ObamaCare! If someone gets ill, they buy a Round-trip ticket to Cuba and I'm sure they'll just love it in Communist Paradise and they can give their plane ticket to a Capitalist Cuban and who will love America! It's free health care, and "superior," according to Michael Moore who will also fly his private jet to Cuba upon his illness! Who would want to leave after getting the royal treatment? What's great about Cuba too is no election hassles, no campaign commercials, no billboards, no phone calls. It's great! One man runs and one man gets all the votes! What's great too is you don't even have to think in Cuba since one man does all the thinking for everybody! FIDEL ZOMBIES! (When Fidel bites the big one, I'm driving to Miami to partake in the celebrations! I'm sure Obama, Hillary, Moore, and Hollywood will be shedding tears and they'll even eulogize Fidel "as a great man and a true Revolutionary!")

    Or, if someone gets ill, they can flee to Mexico or any other country, and renounce their U.S. citizenship then return to cross the border as an illegal and get free health care. When Obamacare goons knock on the door saying you didn't buy imposed health insurance, you say you're an illegal, and you'll be exempt from that law too! OBAMA ZOMBIES!!!

  • Tanstaafl

    Memo to John Edwards – in Cuba, the government runs everything.

  • Maxie

    The so-called Media long ago became just a national PR Agency for the political Left. To expect any sort of objectivity from it is futile. Ignore it and especially ignore its advertisers but let them know you are boycotting them and their products. Just whining about the situation does no good.