Not a fair comparison, but…

Not a fair comparison, but…

PE Bias Grade : B+

By: Allen Nitschelm on October 9, 2019 | Article Review

This is a review of the following Boston Globe Article:
Article Title Woman mum on Johnson affair talk
Date 10/08/2019
Article Link Boston Globe ( Page A4 )
Syndicated From Washington Post
Journalist William Booth
Article Summary

American woman had affair with Boris Johnson while living in London years ago.

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This article is a throwback to sexist coverage that used to dominate news in the good old days. Here we have a sexpot American businesswoman, living in London, who had an affair with a much older Boris Johnson, then London’s mayor. They describe her in this article as a “former model” who “declined to answer–nine times–whether she had an affair…” This sounds like bullying and victim-shaming. She also wouldn’t say if she “loved” Johnson and her apartment had a “pole for dancing,” which implies she is a stripper. Pretty sexist stuff. But I guess if the woman is perceived as Conservative having an affair with another Conservative, all is fair.

But what struck me about this article was the description of London’s current Mayor, who has opened up an inquiry into the financial spending of former Mayor Johnson. Sounds to me like this is a politically motivated investigation.

Now, we can’t compare American politics with British politics, and the laws are different, etc. But still, it seems like the press is okay with Liberal Mayor Sadiq Khan actually investigating former Mayor Boris Johnson, but when current President Trump calls for an investigation of former VP Biden, a Democrat, that is causing a Constitutional crisis. The double standard is interesting.


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