by Greg Krehbiel on 24 February 2012
It occurred to me today that the phrase “social issues” only appears when Republicans talk about social issues. At least that’s the way it seems to me.
When Santorum or Romney talk about the family, or abortion, or whatever, they’re talking about “social issues,” and the headlines are usually about whether or not this will hurt them.
But when Maryland politicians want to promote gay marriage, or Democrats want to use the military to promote some social goal, why isn’t that a “social issue,” and why don’t the stories follow the “will this hurt them” theme?
“social issues” +democrat in Google News gives you 1,770 results, but “social issues” +republican gives you 3,450.
“social issues” hurt republicans gives you 430 results, but “social issues” hurt democrats gives you 343.
That’s not conclusive by any means, but I wonder if any media watchdog groups have monitored this.
-- 2012-02-24 » Greg Krehbiel