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The Washington Post and other national media outlets have been forgiving of liberal Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax and Attorney General Mark Herring, despite racial and sexual assault controversies that the mainstream media would never have forgiven of Republicans.

“[T]he pressure appears to have eased somewhat, even though none of the scandals has been resolved,” wrote the Post’s Robert McCartney. “It helped when a poll found that most African Americans in the state did not want Northam to resign. That was significant partly because of the sensitivity to racial issues in a state that resisted integration in the 1950s and 1960s and whose capital, Richmond, served as the capital of the Confederacy. The scandals also had limited impact because they involved individual behavior that occurred many years ago, analysts said, as opposed to official government action today regarding a hot-button topic such as racial or sexual discrimination … The controversies had brief — though intense — impact but do not seem to have dampened interest in working in Virginia, or investing or studying there, according to business executives, university leaders and recruiters.”

Conservative Daniel Henninger called out the double standard of the mainstream media’s treatment of these controversial Democrats.

“Hypocrisy?” Henniger wrote. “Of course, and on a grand scale. A double standard? Who can doubt it? If this were happening to the top three Texas Republicans—Greg Abbott, Dan Patrick and Ken Paxton—the national media wouldn’t have let up for a day until they quit. What this suggests is that the identity-politics left—for all the media play it gets and despite its intimidation of national Democrats—is operating in an alternative universe from many voters. It never made sense that most Americans would share the left’s taste for purification rituals or its compulsion to annihilate offenders of its identity orthodoxies, not least by overturning elections. If Ralph Northam deserves a reprieve, and he does, then so do others, including Republicans and conservatives. Fat chance.”

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