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  1. Its great reading the BBC article on it. Firstly its hidden away on the North America page, I think it was briefly on the front page, but now has been rapidly shifted out of the limelight. Secondly the article is headlined “Virginia Governor Ralph Northam sorry for racist yearbook photo” with no mention of his party until well into the article. Thirdly the article then proceeds to spend the first half or more of the article detailing his apologies, and finally at the end quoting some of the calls for his resignation (from his own side no less). The whole thing is an exercise in downplaying something, and is filled with non-judgemental language.

    One would only have to imagine how it would have played out if he were a Republican – the calls for his resignation would be front page news for days, and any apologies/justifications would be printed somewhere at the bottom as an afterthought. And his party affiliation would be in ALL the headlines.

    It will being interesting to see if he survives – if he does the Left are leaving a massive defence for any Republican accused of ‘racist behaviour’ in the future: “Gov Northam didn’t have to design for dressing up as the KKK, so I’m not resigning for doing XYZ either’

    • Rule of thumb is, if the headline or sub-heading for a scandal involving a politician doesn’t mention the party, you can be sure it’s the Democrats, or Labour.

  2. Well he’s hanging in there at the moment, with the lesser known ‘I did black up once to dress up as Michael Jackson, but thats not me blacked up next to the man in a KKK outfit’ defence.

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