Media Laughed It Off When Conyers Was Caught Reading Playboy in Public

By Craig Bannister | November 22, 2017 | 10:37am EST
Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) (Screenshot)

In light of the news that Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) used taxpayer money to settle a sexual harassment claim in 2015, a new report reminds us of how media laughed off his behavior in 2010 when he was caught on video reading Playboy magazine while on a commercial airplane.

At the time, liberal media treated it as an amusing story that warranted nothing more than a little embarrassment – even calling Conyers “bold” and “frugal” - as The Daily Caller recalls:

“At the time, the incident was treated as a joke. The Huffington Post wrote, ‘It takes a bold person to openly read an adult nudie magazine in public, especially on an airplane where tight confines often leave neighboring passengers reading over each other’s shoulders. It takes an even bolder person to do it while serving as a U.S. congressman.’”

“At the end of their piece in 2010, HuffPo lauded Conyers for his frugality. ‘And hey, at least he was seated in coach, so people can’t hiss at him for excessively spending taxpayer dollars while taking in some adult entertainment,’ they wrote.”

“Liberal media website Mediaite wrote, ‘An amused airline passenger noticed Conyers studying the magazine’s soft-core images during a flight to D.C., so he, of course, recorded it with his camera phone. The lesson? Conyers is old-fashioned and kind of creepy. Makes you feel bad for the TSA agents that had to touch his junk.’”

Business Insider reported the news in a one-sentence story, declaring that the behavior is nothing more than “some mild embarassment” for Conyers, since there's nothing wrong with it:

“Not that there’s anything wrong with it, but some mild embarrassment for Michigan Rep. John Conyes, who was secretly caught reading Playboy on a plane.”

The Daily Mail also described it as just “a bit embarrassing” in its headline, but at least it used an exclamation mark:

“Now that's a bit embarrassing! Congressman, 81, caught reading Playboy on flight to Washington”

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