…is the application of different sets of principles for similar situations, or to different people in the same situation. A double standard may take the form of an instance in which certain concepts (often, for example, a word, phrase, social norm, or rule) are perceived as acceptable to be applied by one group of people, but are considered unacceptable—taboo—when applied by another group
. . . . A double standard, thus, can be described as a sort of biased, morally unfair suspension (toward a certain group) of the principle that all are equal in their freedoms. Such double standards are seen as unjustified because they violate a basic maximof modern legal jurisprudence: that all parties should stand equal before the law. Double standards also violate the principle of justice known as impartiality, which is based on the assumption that the same standards should be applied to all people, without regard to subjective bias or favoritismbased on social class, rank, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age (see also Double Standard of Aging) or other distinctions. A double standard violates this principle by holding different people accountable according to different standards. The phrase “life is not fair” may be invoked in order to mollify concerns over double standards
. There is a distinction to be made between double standards and hypocrisy, which implies the stated or presumed acceptance of a single standard a person claims to hold himself or herself accountable to, but which, in practice, may be disregarded. Being hypocritical to the double-standard is then a positive example of hypocrisy as well
VP Joe Biden
infamous for his ridiculous and vicious remarks is back into the limelight, and in the opening segment of Morning Joe
, he remarked to a majority African American audience (aka Negro
) that if Romney became president it would put y’all back in chains
. Palin stated the Obama administration, even with Democrat standards made a poor choice in VP pick back in 2004.
stated that there weren’t enough groans and boos when he said such a disgusting comment
Biden doesn’t have “anything to apologize for”.
Had Paul Ryan said such a thing, “there would be calls” for Ryan and Romney “to get out of the race”.
Biden later claimed
that he meant to say that Romney would “unshackle” not “unchain” it.
Of course, this is a small thing according to what is going on, but yet another example of standards are set by the media differently between Democrats and Republicans.