The Pilot’s asymmetric editorial injects toxicity into its opening paragraph with glowing characterizations of Northam and a cancerous depiction of his Republican opponent, EW Jackson:
In the race for lieutenant governor, Virginians have a choice between an affable and dedicated pediatric neurologist who serves as a legislator, and a provocative Chesapeake preacher with no political experience.
Affable vs. provocative?
Dedicated pediatric neurologist vs. preacher with no experience?
Pilot readers seeking accurate diagnosis could well stop there.
Based on his political history, Northam could instead be branded as an abortion embracing, “government is god,” big-labor-favored politician who has been gaming the system since first elected, in 2007.
Alternatively, Jackson could be portrayed as a God fearing, pro-life, anti-politician whose thoughts, deeds and actions are informed by his Christian faith and his adherence to the US Constitution.
But, the prognosis gets worse.
Northam is praised for being imbued in Richmond’s political wiles:
He helped secure the commonwealth’s ban on smoking in restaurants and raised awareness among high school administrators and coaches about the dangers of concussions in student-athletes.
Ralph Northam is touted for supporting unrestricted “access” to abortion—a canted, untenable position for a physician working at a “children’s hospital.”
The morally debilitated candidate is further exalted by the morally incurable newspaper, for the candidate’s desire to:
- Cap payday loans
- Repeal Virginia’s marriage amendment
- Require mandatory background checks for all firearms purchases (except among family members)
- Expand Medicaid under Obamacare
Predictably, the Pilot neglects to inoculate its readers against Dr. Northam’s poisonous political past, present and likely future:
- 17% (F) NRA rating
- 8% American Conservative Union rating
- 25% Family Foundation of Virginia rating
- 100% National Abortion Rights Action League rating
- 100% Virginia AFL-CIO rating
- 100% Planned Parenthood rating
Rx for gullible readers of the Virginian-Pilot: Do your own research and draw your own conclusions; relying on newspaper endorsements to select a political candidate is a grave error, and the results of such political misdiagnosis may be fatal.