I’ve finally figured out how to make the media say really nice things about Republicans. After watching the glowing and may I add, the deserved tributes to our 41st President, George Herbert Walker Bush from the media this week, and remembering the kind and effusive praise they also lavished on Senator John McCain after his death, I realize that the one way to get the press speaking with adoration toward a Republican is for that Republican to either die or say something really nasty about the current President. For those who thought that former President Bush had a cozy and sweet relationship with the press during his long and storied career, think again. He was deemed insincere for taking the Vice Presidency after being harshly critical of Ronald Reagan’s economic plans; he once threw Newsweek reporters off of Air Force One after they treated him pretty much like they treat the current President and for that matter, like they’ve treated every other Republican President in my lifetime. He exchanged heated and terse comments with a number of reporters, including Dan Rather of CBS. He was called wimpish by the media, despite the fact that he was a true, honest to God war hero, having been shot down during a mission as a young Naval aviator, and was rescued by a US Submarine before the Japanese got to him. He was gracious, thoughtful, and diplomatic to be sure, but there wasn’t much wimpish about him. He was tough political pro, and he built an impressive coalition of countries to stop Saddam Hussein’s brutal invasion of Kuwait. He was an effective leader in legislation, though not given nearly the credit he deserves for some real legacy items, among them the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. His management of the post cold war realignment in the former Soviet Union and Europe is greatly under-appreciated in that when brutal communist governments collapsed and the Berlin Wall came down, the world did not degenerate into a world war or even civil war within the various countries who moved from dictatorship to freedom. Sure, the press spoke of some of those things this week, but do your own research and go back and see how the media treated the 41st President when he was alive and in office or even running for office. Don’t get me wrong—I’m glad the media spent this past week remembering this leader’s legacy of leadership and statesmanship. But for them to pretend that they have always treated him with even a hint of that respect is just plain laughable. One of the reasons the news media is held in such contempt by many of us is not just their blatant and unabashed bias, but because of their shameless hypocrisy in moments like these. I’ve been reminded this week not to be very concerned if the media scorches me or other conservatives for our beliefs. One day, when I die, they might even be forced to say something nice. But I’m also reminded that if we are to take them seriously, they need to start acting like objective observers detached from their own opinions and personal views and tell the story straight and honestly. In the meantime, when it comes to President George Herbert Walker Bush, they finally got it right this week, even though he had to die for them to tell it.