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Media Helps Disgraced Democrats Northam, Fairfax and Herring Survive

Justin Fairfax
The racist past of Virginia’s Democratic Governor Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring and the multiple sexual assault allegations leveled against Democratic Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax have all but evaporated from ABC, CBS, NBC news according to newly release study by our friends at the Media Research Center.

From February 1-7, ABC, CBS, and NBC combined for 116 minutes and 19 seconds and then 96 minutes and 12 seconds from February 8-14 on scandals involving Governor Ralph Northam, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, and A.G. Mark Herring, according to a study posted on the MRC NewsBusters by Curtis Houck.

Since then, however, there have only been an additional eight minutes and eight seconds devoted to the Virginia officeholders between two newscasts (the February 15 CBS This Morning and the February 19 Good Morning America).

Houck reports that, all told, there’s been 220 minutes of coverage on the Virginia scandals, but again, only eight from February 15 to Thursday evening (excluding teases plus overnight and early-morning newscasts).

The Richmond chaos began unraveling the afternoon of February 1 with the scoop from Big League Politics that there was a racist photo on Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam’s medical school yearbook page.

A few days after Northam’s disastrous February 2 press conference, allegations of sexual assault arose against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax. The uncertainty in the Commonwealth was even further exacerbated, says Houck, with the February 6 revelation by Attorney General Mark Herring that he (like Northam) once wore blackface in the 1980s.

For Northam, he has tried and failed to launch a rehabilitation tour, but still insists he won’t resign reports Houck. With that in mind, the last time a flagship ABC show covered him was February 11's Good Morning America while the last date for CBS was February 15's CBS This Morning and the February 11 Today on NBC.

In the case of Lt. Governor Fairfax, his scandal has maintained a brighter spot in the limelight reports Houck, as threats within the Virginia General Assembly to impeach and investigate him have come, gone, and this week, tried to be resurrected.

For the February 19 print edition of The Washington Post, second accuser Meredith Watson wrote a column insisting that she be given a chance to testify while blasting the “inaction” by the Virginia General Assembly on the claims leveled by Watson and Dr. Vanessa Tyson.

Only ABC’s Good Morning America covered Watson’s column that day while, additionally, Fairfax’s scandal hasn’t been mentioned since.

For the lead CBS newscasts, Fairfax hasn’t been mentioned since the February 13 CBS This Morning and, on NBC, he last surfaced on the February 13 edition of Today.

In a competitive 24/7 news cycle and with the combination of racist imagery and sexual titillation making a perfect made-for-TV scandal you’d think that the networks would be all over the scandal, but as Mr. Houck’s report shows they’ve let the scandal die… completely.

One reason is that the networks, wedded as they are to hard Left Progressivism, are protecting Northam, Fairfax and Herring to protect the “greater good” of their progressive agenda – particularly their staunch support for the Democrats’ most radical abortion policies.

Rumor has it that the Northam racist scandal was brought to light by someone who knew of Governor Northam’s racist yearbook picture and was outraged by Northam’s advocacy of a bill introduced by Delegate Kathy Tran (HB 2491) a bill that would have eliminated any restriction on the performance of an abortion up to the moment of birth.

So, in this case the thinking on the Left says that abortion trumps racism and Northam must be protected.

However, we have a slightly different take that attributes the lack of network interest and coverage to influences both more profound and more mundane.

The networks demand visually compelling images to drive coverage, and the Northam – Fairfax – Herring scandal has no compelling images: No howling mobs outside the Governor’s residence demanding Northam step down, no dramatic impeachment hearings with female witnesses giving graphic testimony about their alleged assaults at the hands of Justin Fairfax, no college friends describing in excruciating detail the blackface rap routine A.G. Herring performed.

Why is that?

Because none of the Leftwing rent-a-mobs, like say Black Lives Matter, have been deployed by their financiers to riot in front of the Governor’s residence in Richmond. No one has started a million-dollar GoFundMe page for Meredith Watson or Dr. Vanessa Tyson, and no one has deployed an army of researchers to contact everyone in Mark Herring’s college class or residence hall to prompt their memories on Herring’s drinking and rap music listening habits.

The “rules” say all women must be believed, the accused should resign due to the seriousness of the charges and all “credible allegations” must be investigated by law enforcement – but so far none of that is happening in the matter of the allegations against Fairfax.

The “rules” also require immediate and unconditional banishment from public life should any evidence of racism, no matter how old or ill-defined, be found in the public utterances or conduct of any public figure.

So, it would seem to be a no brainer that Virginia’s Democrat Governor Ralph Northam and Virginia’s Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring should both slink off to an ignominious retirement after being outed for appearing in blackface back in the 1980s.

But the “rules” are only invoked by the media if someone can sustain enough outrage to keep the transgression in the lead segment of the network news, and the only organizations that have that kind of staying power are all on the Left, so it appears that without renewed outside organization demanding their ouster Northam, Fairfax and Herring will survive scandals that would bring down any Republican or conservative.

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