All eyes are currently on Ferguson, MO., as the Democratic governor finally decides to do something, setting up state law enforcement to take control of the situation and keeping local enforcement only on standby. Prior to this, a heavily militarized Ferguson police force was really doing no one in the law enforcement community a favor when they suited up in heavier-than-normal protection (they looked like heavily upgraded Call of Duty characters) and shut the city down.
This new piece from POLITICO pretty much tells you all you need to know about where the media's interests really are in this matter:
President Barack Obama really wanted to take a vacation. But then the world intervened.
The president’s plan to snag two weeks off in Martha’s Vineyard has been an utter failure, marking his worst attempt at relaxation since the Detroit underwear bomber consumed his 2009 Christmas holiday in Hawaii.
On the eve of his departure late last week, Obama authorized airstrikes in Iraq to beat back Islamist militants from committing genocide. Then as he wrapped up his first round of golf on the Massachusetts island Saturday night, The Atlantic interview with Hillary Clinton hit the Web, sparking days of speculation about the fraying Clinton-Obama relationship.
The White House thought it might get beyond the frenzy du jour on Wednesday night when it released much-anticipated details of their interaction at a birthday party — they toasted the guest of honor and even sat close to each other!
But by midnight, as protests over a fatal police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, spun out of control, a White House spokesman posted on Twitter that Obama had been briefed on the situation. And early Thursday afternoon, Obama was back in front of the cameras, delivering his fourth statement on chaotic world events since his vacation began.
It's all about poor, poor Barack Obama. Iraq and Ferguson are (in some cases literally) burning and descending into utter chaos, and the President of the United States of America is
Think back to Hurricane Katrina and how quickly everyone demanded George W. Bush do something. Everything that happened was clearly Bush's fault. Now? A city is in anarchy and the media's upset that Obama might be missing vacation time because of it. As far as media double standards go, they might have gone above and beyond on this one.