Conservatives have long charged that the mainstream media has a liberal bias against the right — and the scant coverage given the resignation of a White House staffer charged with assault appears to lend credence to that claim.
WJLA in Washington
reported Wednesday that White House employee Barvetta Singletary stepped down after being indicted on assault and other charges following an argument with a U.S. Capitol Police officer at her home.
But as the Weekly Standard
reveals, only the political websites The Hill
and Roll Call
had covered the resignation as of Thursday morning. The reports cited an unnamed White House spokesperson as confirming the news.
"In contrast to the media silence regarding Singletary, the resignation of a Republican Congressional staffer who had criticized President Obama's daughters on Facebook was covered extensively by major national media outlets in December 2014," The Standard said.
That case involved Elizabeth Lauten, communications director for Tennessee Rep. Steve Fincher and a former communications staffer for the Republican National Committee, who chastised the First Daughters in a Facebook post on Thanksgiving for dressing like "they deserve a spot at a bar" and told them to "try showing a little class."
"Then again, your mother and father don't respect their positions very much, or the nation for that matter," Lauten added. "So I'm guessing you're coming up a little short in the 'good role model' department."
While the Lauten case made a huge splash in the press, the story of the 37-year-old Singletary, who joined the White House's legislative affairs team in June 2014, is certainly more sensational.
Singletary and her boyfriend, a U.S. Capitol police officer, got into a dispute after an alleged sexual encounter, according to WJLA.
reported Singletary allegedly sent the officer a text inviting him to her home for sex. The two then quarreled about another woman he was allegedly dating. Court documents state Singletary reached into the officer’s bag, grabbed two cellphones and his .40 caliber Glock 23 service weapon. She allegedly fired one round, but nobody was injured.
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