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Washington Post Covers Republicans’ Misdeeds, Omits Those of Democrats

Washington Post omitted Democratic misdeeds and crimes in reporting “Crimes are no longer a disqualification for Republican candidates.” [1]

There is “a new reality in the constantly changing world of Republican politics: Criminal convictions, once seen as career-enders, are no longer disqualifying,” the story said. “In the era of President Trump, even time spent in prison can be turned into a positive talking point, demonstrating a candidate’s battle scars in a broader fight against what he perceives as liberal corruption.”

The article omits historical precedent of legally questionable behavior Democrats like Marion Barry, Sen. Bob Menendez (N.J.) and Ted Kennedy.

Nor did the Post mention William Jefferson [2], a former Democratic congressman who continued to receive support from Democrats even after he was convicted in federal court for stashing $90,000 in bribes his freezer.

Meanwhile, Democrats and Republicans alike on the Ethics Committee concluded that Menendez not only broke the Senate code of ethics but the law.

The Senate Ethics Committee formally admonished Menendez for accepting gifts without proper approval from a wealthy ophthalmologist in a pay-to-play scheme.

Kennedy pleaded guilty to a charge of leaving the scene of a crash at Chappaquiddick, Mass., causing personal injury. He later received a two-month suspended jail sentence.

The Post examined how “former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is campaigning for Senate, with respectable fundraising and poll numbers, after receiving a pardon from Trump for his conviction on a misdemeanor contempt of court charge for his failure to follow a judicial order to curtail his immigration enforcement efforts.”

But the Post failed to mention the parallel case of Chelsea Manning, a progressive celebrity who is running for U.S. Senate [3] after receiving a commuted sentence by President Obama following a 2013 conviction and dishonorable Army discharge for surrendering government secrets to WikiLeaks in violation of the Espionage Act.