A Tale of Three Governors – Media Bias Edition

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Former Democratic governor of Oregon John Kitzhaber, who was forced to resign in an ethics scandal.

It was the best of coverage – it was the worst of coverage. 

You’ve heard of Virginia ex-Governor Bob McDonnell, yes?  And his wife? 

Ex-Virginia Gov. McDonnell Found Guilty In Corruption Case

— NBC News 

Ex-Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, Wife Guilty of Corruption

— ABC News 

Former Gov. Bob McDonnell Found Guilty in Corruption Trial

— CBS News 

Bob McDonnell, Ex-Governor of Virginia, Is Sentenced to 2 Years for Corruption

— New York Times 

Ex-Va. Governor Robert McDonnell Guilty of 11 Counts of Corrruption

—Washington Post 

McDonnells Convicted of Corruption

— Politico 

All of this despite no evidence ever surfacing showing McDonnell delivered any government goodies in exchange for the personal goodies he received. 

McDonnell Lawyers: ‘Had He Wanted to Make Something Happen for Williams, He Would Have Made Something Happen.’

— WTVR (local Richmond, Virginia TV) 

Of course you’ve heard of this – the national Media’s full-court-press-coverage made sure of it.  Because McDonnell is a Republican.   

Heard of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s “Bridgegate?”  Of course you have – because he too is a Republican. 

Chris Christie’s Rising 2016 Star in Peril as Bridge Controversy Grows

— NBC News 

EXCLUSIVE: Chris Christie Was Interrogated By Feds Over Bridge Scandal

— ABC News 

Will Chris Christie Apologize for Bridge Scandal?

— CBS News 

Christie Faces Scandal on Traffic Jam Aides Ordered

— New York Times 

Chris Christie’s Bridge Collapse

— Washington Post 

Scandal Imperils Chris Christie’s No-Nonsense Image

— Politico

Except: 

Panel: No Evidence Christie Knew About BridgeGate, But Questions Remain

— Associated Press 

Like that little knife twist at the end?  “There’s absolutely no proof (darn it) – but we’ll pretend it’s still not over.” 

Heard of Oregon’s resigned-in-disgrace ex-Governor John Kitzhaber?  Still enwrapped in the many tentacles of his still-unraveling scandal?  Not so much – because he is a Democrat. 

Of course the Majors did the bare minimum. 

 Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber Resigns Over Growing Scandal

— NBC News 

John Kitzhaber Resigns: Oregon Governor Quits Over Conflict-of-Interest Scandal

— ABC News 

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber to Resign

— CBS News 

Gov. John Kitzhaber of Oregon Resigns Amid Crisis

— New York Times 

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber Announces Resignation

— Washington Post 

John Kitzhaber Saga Fuels Conservatives’ Fight on Clean Energy

— Politico 

See what Politico did there?  This is really a scandal for conservatives – who oppose the “clean” “energy” corruption that brought down Kitzhaber.  

(Conservatives also oppose the nightmare mess that is ObamaCare – and Oregon’s disastrous, corrupt version thereof, Cover Oregon.  Which also enrages the Media.) 

Of course “green “energy” isn’t clean – in any sense of the word.  

It is prohibitively expensive – and actually worse for the environment than the cost-effective actual energy sources the Left demonizes and wishes to eradicate. 

And with hundreds of billions of government dollars sluicing around – “green” “energy” is corrupt on stilts.  At all levels of government. 

Some Compelling Evidence that ‘Green Energy’ is All About Crony Capitalism 

Crony Capitalism: Green Firms Burn Through Taxpayer Dollars, Pay Huge Executive Bonuses, Then Go Bankrupt 

80% of Green Energy Dollars Went to Obama Donors 

Want to find out about Kitzhaber’s “green” “energy” nightmare mess?  Don’t look to the Majors. 

Networks Silent About ‘Green’ Nature of Kitzhaber Corruption Scandal 

Of course, the Majors went out of their way to downplay the entire ongoing, rolling Democrat disaster. 

Least-Known, Genuinely Scandal-Plagued Governor in U.S.: Oregon Dem John Kitzhaber 

Networks Fail to Cover Calls for Scandal-Ridden Democratic Oregon Governor to Resign 

CBS and ABC Minimize Oregon Governor’s Resignation; CBS Omits He’s a Democrat 

AP National Wire, NY Times Finally Focus on Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber Corruption Story 

There is a whole lot of Oregon-Washington, D.C. hybrid (see what I did there?) corruption still hanging out there – the “green” mess and the Cover Oregon cronyism-riddled uber-failure.  With questions aplenty still unanswered. 

The John Kitzhaber Disaster

— The Oregonian 

Ex-Gov. John Kitzhaber Put His Top Political Consultant in Charge of Cover Oregon

— Willamette (Oregon) Week 

Paging Dr. Kitzhaber: What Did Gov. Know About Cover Oregon Collapse?

— KATU (a local Portland, Oregon TV station) 

AG: ‘Oregonians Deserve … the Facts’

— Bend (Oregon) Bulletin 

Feds Subpoena Kitzhaber Records After Resignation

— Bend Bulletin 

Congress to Kitzhaber: Send Us Cover Oregon Records

— KATU 

Former Gov. John Kitzhaber’s and Cylvia Hayes’ Trip to Dump Brings Police Sweeping In

— The Oregonian 

But you won’t learn of any of it from the Majors. 

Certainly all of this seems to be much worse than what Governor McDonnell did.  It is absolutely worse than what Governor Christie didn’t do.  

Does any of that matter to the Jurassic Press?  

Why the Media Paid More Attention to Chris Christie than John Kitzhaber 

WashPost’s Philip Bump Lamely Denies Obvious Kitzhaber-Christie Double Standard 

Yes, Virginia, There is a(n Oregon) Scandal 

Of course not. 

Scandals Show the Difference Between Democrats and Republicans 

Indeed they do.

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