Washington Post cartoonist Ann Telnaes drew a cartoon showing Ted Cruz’s children as monkeys dancing to his tune.

The pretext was that the children appeared in a campaign ad. As if this is the first time children have appeared in a political context.

There was a firestorm of controversy, and the cartoon was pulled:

I have mixed feelings about the controversy.

On the one hand, I’m against the culture of outrage that pervades campuses and increasingly the media. But I also understand why lines need to be drawn for candidates, particularly as to minor children.

Many commentators have pointed out the obsession of the media with protecting Obama’s children from even the mildest of criticism. I don’t disagree with that, and it’s been our policy since the earliest days of Legal Insurrection to Leave Malia Alone.

But the liberal media has not applied its rules consistently. And that’s the main point.

Trig Palin was mocked in the left-wing media; Sarah Palin was excoriated by liberal feminists for bringing Trig on stage at the Republican Convention, despite that fact that children almost always appear on stage with parents at such events. So much for Republican kids being off limits.

At first I thought this would be just a multi-hour news story. But it’s developing into much more.

The disparate treatment of Democratic and Republican candidates’ children is a metaphor for a larger media bias.

We need to make the liberal media live by its own rules. Use Saul Alinsky’s Rule 4 against the Alinskyites:

“Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.”