You can tell it’s campaign season because media outlets are frantically carrying water for the Democratic Party.
That was made all too clear when comparing the reporting of two young, attractive state legislative candidates — one Republican, one Democrat.
Republican Melissa Howard, who sought a Florida House seat, lied about her education. When questioned on it, she eventually apologized and withdrew from the race. Nevertheless, her sins were reported no fewer than four times by The New York Times and three times by The Washington Post.
Julia Salazar, a democratic socialist seeking a New York state Senate seat, was caught lying about her entire life history. She neither apologized nor resigned, and instead called her detractors "racist." Neither the Times nor the Post covered any of this.
Melissa Howard dropped out of the Republican primary for Florida House District 73 shortly after she was called out for lying about her college credentials. She made it all the worse by posing in a photo displaying what she claimed was a diploma from Ohio’s Miami University.
That was big news for Sarasota and Manatee counties. It was even a Florida-wide news item. But national news?
The Washington Post ran an article Aug. 11 proclaiming, "Florida candidate tried to prove she’s a college graduate. The school says her diploma is fake."
Two days later, the Post ran two articles on Howard — again, a local, Florida candidate.
"Fake diploma? Florida candidate apologizes, stays in race," said one.
"Florida candidate accused of faking diploma drops out," said the second.
Not to be outdone, The New York Times ran at least full-length articles on the Floridian’s deceptions — here, here, here, and here.
Had Howard murdered her campaign manager and hid the body under her bed, neither newspaper could have devoted any more coverage than they did for faking a diploma.
Compare that to her New York counterpart.
While Howard faked her degree, Salazar seemed to have written her entire life history out of whole cloth. She claimed she was a Jewish person of color (she’s not), her father was Jewish (he’s not) and that she immigrated to the U.S. from Columbia (she didn’t — she was born in Florida).
Salazar kept digging. She even claimed her (non-existent) Jewish roots inspired her political activism.
Yet neither the Times nor the Post mentioned any of this. To learn anything of accuracy one had to go to The Forward, a New York-based Jewish publication.
"Her identity as a Jew of Color, a socialist, and a proud critic of Israel made her the perfect avatar of a new, young, highly politicized Jewish Left engaged in the fight for social, economic, and racial justice," said Charles Dunst, writing for The Forward.
Salazar is running for New York’s 18th senatorial district, situated in north Brooklyn. Another young, self-described democratic socialist, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is running for New York’s 15th Congressional seat, which covers parts of Queens and the Bronx.
A comparison between the two was irresistible, prompting one journalist to ask of Salazar, "Is this Latina-Jew the next Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?"
When Salazar’s Columbian-Jewish identity was questioned, she blamed it on racism. No one bought it.
"The problem with what Salazar did is not that she claimed to be Jewish and an immigrant. It’s that she may have misled voters while seeking public office," said Dunst. “The problem is not whether or not Salazar is Jewish but whether or not she can be trusted. In other words, it’s not a question of ethnicity but one of character."
And what of Salazar’s national coverage?
Observing that Salazar supports decriminalizing sex work, The Washington Post ran a story reporting that women in the industry were ringing bells and knocking on doors for her campaign.
It ran another fluff piece on Ocasio-Cortez, as a possible influence on Salazar, a member of what the paper called "an exciting crop of state-level candidates."
The New York Times, Salazar’s home town newspaper, gave her a mention on "What Socialism Looks Line In 2018," but that was it.
The conservative-leaning New York Post was the only major New York paper mentioning Salazar’s make-believe biography. It reported she "seems to keep making up her past."
The difference in the reporting of the two candidates’ deceptions wasn’t lost on commentator Stephen Miller.
"A GOP Florida House candidate faked a college degree. Was covered by every mainstream outlet. She suspended her campaign," Miller tweeted. "A N.Y. State Senate DSA candidate faked her entire biography (on video) — Silence from all of them."
He also observed that CNN’s "K File" picked up the Republican’s fakery; the Democrat’s deception wasn’t deemed worthy of note.
"And BTW, we still don’t have a kick a** @KFILE team exclusive 3 days after a NY State Senate candidate was caught (On Video) lying about her entire background," Miller wrote. "It’s been completely ignored."
It’s amazing is that the GOP remains strong despite the media’s game-playing.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He’s also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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