" I recall during the 1992 election, when the media started to get a whiff of Republican weakness and savor the thought of their new Wonderboy, Bill Clinton, beating Bush 41. I'd just started following politics at the time, was just starting college and even then had enough sense to see the grotesque media bias.
All throughout the Republican Convention, as soon as a prominent speaker would relinquish the podium, the MSM would rush to the nearest Democrat in the Clinton Campaign and get a point by point rebuttal. Sometimes, I recall, it was even Clinton himself. It was disgusting.
Of course, the MSM would always point out that they 'offered the same opportunity for rebuttal to the Republicans, and they declined.' Republicans countered with Convention Etiquette: it is tradition, they said, that you do not interfere with the opposing party's Convention."
Sure enough, courtesy of Seth Mandel at Commentary, The Hill reports:
"Bucking protocol, President Obama and the Democrats are planning a full-scale assault on Republicans next week during their convention.
Presidential candidates have traditionally kept a low profile during their opponent’s nominating celebration, but Democrats are throwing those rules out the window in an attempt to spoil Mitt Romney’s coronation as the GOP nominee.
President Obama, Vice President Biden and leading congressional Democrats have all scheduled high-profile events next week to counter-program the Republican gathering in Tampa….
'Traditionally, there was a kind of courtesy extended to the party having the convention — the [other] party would basically stay out of the public eye,' said Ross Baker, political scientist at Rutgers University."
You're not shocked? We've got to play by their rules.