The Media Bias Is Integral to the Stories

Glenn Reynolds sagely notes that if “the voters of Virginia thought that electing Terry McAuliffe [as governor]  was going to bring them less sleaze, then they deserve what’s coming.”  What I find most interesting about the story to which he links, though, is that Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney doesn’t present Democrat political hack McAuliffe’s political sleaze as Democrat political hack McAuliffe’s political sleaze.

Rather, McCartney tells his readers that this is just “politics today”:

If you ever doubted that money outweighs principles in contemporary politics, then the case of Richmond campaign consultant Boyd Marcus should permanently erase such ambiguity in your mind.

If you’re interested in Virginia politics or the partisan battle read the article for the details.  For my purposes, the key detail is the one that shows McCartney’s thesis to be (at best) overstated:

… 16 days before announcing he was backing McAuliffe, Marcus had offered to work for Cuccinelli if the Republican [gubernatorial candidate] agreed to pay him “something in the range of $75,000 -$100,000.”

At least by the measure under consideration, money did not outweigh principle when it came to Marcus’s overtures to Ken Cuccinelli.  The Republican declined to win support in that way; Democrat McAuliffe, it appears, did not.

To the extent that money does trump principle — inasmuch as McAuliffe won the election — it might have something to do with who doesn’t get credit for character and who does have their transgressions excused as just the way things are.



  • Russ

    "To the extent that money does trump principle…"

    So campaign consultants don't always agree with their clients? I'm shocked.

    Meanwhile here's Cooch:
    ww.timesdispatch.com/news/latest-news-ap/tax-suit-raises-conflict-questions-for-cuccinelli/article_886c734e-9304-11e2-8fc9-0019bb30f31a.html

    A lawsuit against the state of Virginia by a nutritional supplement maker whose stock comprises Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's total investment portfolio is raising questions about the Republican's potential conflicts of interest.

    Henrico-based Star Scientific Inc. sued Virginia's Department of Taxation in Mecklenberg Circuit Court in July 2011 over a $700,000 tax dispute with the state. A deputy attorney general filed an answer to the complaint the following month. There have been no new motions, pleadings, filings or hearings in the case since…

    Cuccinelli's 2012 Statement of Economic Interest reports $10,001 to $50,000 worth of Star Scientific stock as his only investment. Cuccinelli's financial filings also indicate a relationship between the GOP's presumptive nominee for governor and Star Scientific's chief executive officer, Jonnie Williams.

    In his 2011 Statement of Economic Interest report, Cuccinelli reported nearly $13,000 worth of gifts from Williams, including a $6,000 box of food supplements, a $3,254 trip to Kentucky and the use of a lake house and boat valued at $3,000, according to data from the reports gathered by the nonpartisan and nonprofit Virginia Public Access Project.

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