Double Standards

Check out Laura Trevelyan’s hard hitting investigation about Ground Zero Mosque developer Sharif El-Gamal.

Sorry, did I say “hard hitting investigation”? I meant “credulous, predictable piece of propaganda”.

Unsurprisingly Trevelyan neglects to mention this recent news:

Sharif El-Gamal, who runs the real estate firm Soho Properties and is heading the project two blocks from Ground Zero, was slapped with eviction proceedings last month after tallying up $39,000 in back rent, a Manhattan Housing Court filing shows…
It’s not the first time El-Gamal’s company has fallen behind in rent.
Royal Crospin sued Soho Properties last year for nearly $89,000 in back rent. El-Gamal’s firm paid $56,000 to settle.

How unlike Katie Connolly’s profile of Christine O’Donnell which included these nudge-nudge, passive aggressive nuggets of information:

In 2008 she defaulted on her mortgage and in 2010 the US government filed a claim stating that she owed more than $10,000 (£6,430) in back taxes and penalties. She has said this was a mistake, and a computer error…
Accusations that she inappropriately used campaign funds – to pay her rent, for example – have also surfaced.

The GZM developer gets the full sympathetic spin. The Tea Party “witch” gets the full load dumped on her.

And while I’m on the subject, does anybody recall the BBC covering this story in July?

Election watchdogs have directed Joe Biden’s 2008 presidential campaign to pay the U.S. Treasury more than $219,000 to resolve issues caused by sloppy bookkeeping and accepting excessive contributions, including a discounted flight on a private jet.

The audit was released Friday by the Federal Election Commission.

It determined that the Biden campaign accepted an improper corporate contribution in the form of a round-trip flight between New Hampshire and Iowa in June 2007 for three people. The Biden campaign paid GEH Air Transportation $7,911 for the first-class airfare, but regulators say the campaign should have paid the charter rate of $34,800.

The FEC also found that the Biden campaign could not document repaying at least $106,000 in donations that were over the limit, and the campaign was ordered to pay the U.S. Treasury more than $85,000 for stale-dated checks.

The Biden campaign also failed to disclose more than $3.7 million in payments and roughly $870,000 in debts.

A bit more substantial than O’Donnell’s $10,000, and yet I can’t seem to find it mentioned on the BBC website. They did find space for this Biden story in the same month, though. I’m sure it’s nothing to do with the fact that Katty Kay’s good friend and co-author Claire Shipman is the wife of the Vice President’s chief spin doctor.

Update 19:45. Here’s Michelle Malkin on the double standards over O’Donnell’s financial problems.

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8 Responses to Double Standards

  1. Umbongo says:

    The next thing the BBC will not remind us of is the LibDem acceptance of £2+million from a fraudster and its refusal to return any of it to the persons defrauded.  You see the BBC still has a lingering family feeling for the LibDems despite their extra-marital affair with the Conservatives.


  2. George R says:

    INBBC’s Ms TREVELYAN’s piece on the GZM in New York City is one of total Islamic propaganda. In my view it is disgracefully one-sided. And it is typical of INBBC’s output on Islam.

    And, in this context, let’s remember another INBBC female, Keira FELDMAN, who propagandises on this same issue in New York City. ( INBBC’s mosque must be an INBBC Islamic priority to dedicate such womanpower to such a single Islamic cause):

    Why mainstream media reporters are beneath contempt: Exhibit A, the BBC’s Kiera Feldman


  3. Martin says:

    Standard from the BBC. They played down Obama’s terrorism links, his dodgy financial dealings and his links to ACORN just to mention 3, yet Sarah Palin the BBC piled in with every lie posted on the Huffington Post (which by the way has now become the de-facto standard for the BBC when they want a blogger quote from the USA, even though it’s a two bit hate site)


    • David Preiser (USA) says:

      The HuffPo is actually less biased than the BBC.  Still plenty of hate there, of course.


  4. Craig says:

    I didn’t know that about Katty Kay, DB. The links between the U.S.-based beeboids and the Democrat camp get ever plainer to see.


  5. hippiepooter says:

    The left-wing attack dogs are out in full cry whenever anyone poses the remotest threat to their house of cards.  Joe the Plumber was subject to much more investigation than Candidate Obama.


  6. David Preiser (USA) says:

    Nice post, DB.  Especially excellent bit about the partisan Katty Kay, who has used her position at the BBC to promote her own personal politics.


  7. matthew rowe says:

    My these liberal types are worse then magpies for collecting trinkets and their sense of entitlement is astounding .  
    Thanks for the link to the Malkin article very good reading