Accuracy in Media


The mainstream media showed considerable bias and a double standard in its treatment on issues of race with Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie compared to Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam. Gillespie was the target of a vicious ad campaign portraying one of his supporters as wanting to physically harm a Latino boy and Muslim girl.

“The Latino Victory Fund commissioned the hard-hitting ad in order to inspire Virginia residents, especially Latinos, to vote for gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam,” reported HuffPost in an article about how the ad was inspired by a real life incident by its creator, Colin Rogero, a Cuban-American who said he faced physical intimidation from white men in a pickup truck. Yet the HuffPost didn’t cite the political affiliation of these alleged harassers that Rogero describes and failed to call out the lack of evidence to tie these would-be assailants to any Republican (ironically, Republicans perform very well with Cuban voters, many who understand from firsthand experience the failures of leftist policies).

Because of the free exposure by the mainstream media, HuffPost reported that “Latino Victory Fund purchased a $50,000 test-run of the ad in Spanish on Telemundo and Univision on Oct. 30. But given the free exposure the ad got on television and the internet, the group felt no need to make a larger buy.”

So there was zero evidence to tie Gillespie to racists, the mainstream media has failed to hold Northam accountable for defending the ad (according to ABC reporting). Now Northam is facing calls to resign after there is tangible evidence tying Northam to KKK supporters and possibly himself wearing blackfact in his medical school yearbook.

“This is the history a Journal editorial had in mind earlier this month when it noted that Mr. Northam and the Democrats each ‘owe an apology to Mr. Gillespie,’” wrote William McGurn. “They still do. And if a man were genuinely contrite after finding himself unfairly accused of racism, wouldn’t he be quick to apologize for having recently thrown the same mud ball at another innocent man, even if that target happened to have been a Republican?”

Yet CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King, who recently interviewed Northam, seemed to defend the Democrat and made no mention of the unfair attacks on Gillespie.

“You know, I have to say, I did not feel that he was disingenuous or that he was trying to spin a story,” King said, according to TV Newser reporting. “He knows he’s made some big, big, big mistakes and he also wants a chance to make it right and when you talk to people in the state of Virginia many people want to give him a chance,” King said, according to TV Newser reporting. “He knows he’s made some big, big, big mistakes and he also wants a chance to make it right and when you talk to people in the state of Virginia many people want to give him a chance.”

King’s colleague Norah O’Donnell also defended Northam and cited New York Times reporting as a justification of Northam’s behavior because his parents had sent him to integrated public schools.




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