It’s hard to imagine the liberal media gently questioning a Republican lawmaker about the “rough week” he’s had after damning photos rocked his office.
But that bias was on display in a CBS interview with embattled Virginia Governor Ralph Northam on Sunday.
The Democrat has defied calls for his resignation amid a controversy sparked when a photo re-surfaced from his medical school yearbook page featuring one man in blackface and another in KKK robes. A news conference held to put out the fire only made matters worse as the governor almost appeared to be ready to moonwalk at one point.
The disastrous attempts to clear his name proved ineffective and Northam stepped out of the spotlight for a few days as his Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax took the brunt of attention for accusations leveled against him of sexual assault.
But Northam was back in front of the cameras Sunday, speaking on “CBS This Morning” with Gayle King who posited softball questions after a stunning opening.
“I know this has been a very difficult week for you and the state of Virginia,” King began. “So where would you like to begin?
What the WHAT is CBS doing??
“I know this has been a very difficult week for you”
Our media is a joke. A sick joke. This is a complete disgrace.
— Jack Posobiec ?? (@JackPosobiec) February 10, 2019
“We are now at the 400-year anniversary — just 90 miles from here in 1619,” Northam replied, agreeing the week had been difficult. “The first indentured servants from Africa landed on our shores in Old Point Comfort, what we call now Fort Monroe, and while –”
“Also known as slavery,” King interjected, correcting the governor’s terminology.
She later asked Northam what the whole blackface controversy had taught him, to which he responded with some comments about being “born in white privilege” and that, after speaking with friends he now “learned why the use of blackface is so offensive.”
Twitter users weren’t buying what the governor was selling and called him out.
Hey @GovernorVA @RalphNortham,
Before you embarrass yourself with another ignorant response to a softball, open-ended question, do some homework.
Or better: Study after resigning. You’ll have lots of time. https://t.co/Nk63ub7xje
— Mike Carter-Conneen (@MikeCConTV) February 10, 2019
Words like “Indentured servant” is how people try to erase the pain and horrors of slavery. It is how they think it harmless to wear blackface. @RalphNortham is done. If he won’t resign, he needs to be forced out. https://t.co/2MfDIFtdX6
— Julissa Arce (@julissaarce) February 10, 2019
Well technically the first African laborers in Virginia were indentured servants but I still don’t understand the point he’s making.
— Christopher (@christophemm1) February 10, 2019
Many Twitters users were also disturbed by the blatant double standard in the way CBS handled the interview.
The party that “allegedly” opposes “racism”, “believes” every woman, and “gives voice” to the downtrodden is represented by Gov “Blackface” & Lt. Gov “Groper” who signed a state bill legalizing infanticide, and CBS asked “where do you want to start?”!!! #Northam #Virginia
— There I Go Thinking Again! (@KelvinRanard) February 10, 2019
Protecting the Democratic Party at all costs.
— Hans Giesholt (@DWDrummer13) February 10, 2019
Poor Governor, tough week? How do you think Kavanagh felt, when you Democrats went 10-8 on him, and he WAS innocent!
— David Oncale (@rocking40ranch) February 10, 2019
If she were interviewing a Republican I know 4 a fact she’d NEVER say” I know this has been a hard time for you!” That’s just sickening and shows the blatant bias against Republicans and Trump! How does the LEFT NOT see this?
— Donna L. Hardin (@4chloebear) February 10, 2019
The media was harder on a 16 Year Old for smiling and wearing a red hat.
— ALX ?? (@alx) February 10, 2019
Difficult week? He would have been crucified if he were a Republican… Can you END the double standard @CBS
— Sensei_CJ Always unrequited #BellasFellas (@Sensei_MasterCJ) February 10, 2019
— matt brookmyer (@brookmyer) February 10, 2019
If not for Hypocrisy Democrats would have no standards at all
— Leo Sendem (@LSendem) February 10, 2019
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