How the media would have played this up if he’d been a Republican.
An up-and-coming national leader of the party announces he’s gay less than a week before stepping he’s due to step down from his position — and less than two months after backing out of a potential run for Congress.
It would have been a circus.
But when Rod Snyder, president of the Young Democrats of America, announced Wednesday that he is gay and told the liberal-leaning New York Daily News. it had nothing to do with why he was leaving the national group, the medial world shrugged.
No one even noticed that Snyder’s announcement came two months after he officially backed out of running for the Congress against the former chairman of the West Virginia Democratic Party, citing “personal and professional reasons.”
And maybe those reasons had nothing to do with him being gay.
But imagine if the president of the Young Republicans of America announced he was gay just before stepping down from the group. MSNBC would have pounced.
If the same man had backed away from challenging a powerful state politician citing “personal and professional reasons,” The New York Times would have swooned, imagining all sorts of homophobic GOP machinations to squelch a rising gay star.
If he’d been in a state where Republicans controlled the legislature and governor’s mansion – like Florida – instead of the Mountain State that only thumbs its nose at Democrats when they run people named Barack Obama for president, the mainstream media would be swarming.
But he’s a Democrat. And the party of tolerance gets a pass when young gay Democrats get gently persuaded by Democratic state party machines that “personal and professional reasons” might make it unwise to challenge an established party leader for Congress. Especially in a year when Democrats are trying to regain control of the House.
The media double standard is an old story, but it still deserves to be mentioned. If this kind of story is getting sat on in August of 2013, what’s getting covered in August 2014 could set a new mark in news bias.
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