If you follow any national news, you’re probably aware of the growing scandal involving Florida congressman, Matt Gaetz. Here is how these “fair and balanced” news sources have covered this story.
From Business Insider, here is the extent of Fox’s coverage:
On Tuesday night, The New York Times broke the news that Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Florida Republican and frequent Fox News guest, is under FBI investigation over whether he had sex with a 17-year-old girl and violated federal sex trafficking laws. Gaetz has not been charged in connection to the investigation.
Soon after the story broke, Gaetz appeared on Fox host Tucker Carlson's show to defend himself against what he called "false sex allegations," which he claimed were part of a larger extortion plot targeting his family. Afterwards, Carlson told his audience the conversation was "one of the weirdest interviews I've ever conducted."
Business Insider continues:
Since then, news outlets have reported a series of additional bombshell allegations about Gaetz's misconduct. On Thursday, CNN reported that Gaetz had shown nude photos and videos of women he claimed he'd had sex with to fellow lawmakers.
On Thursday night, The Times published another bombshell report in which it detailed how Gaetz and his associate, a Florida politician who's been indicted on federal sex trafficking and other charges, allegedly recruited and paid women for sex and used drugs. On Friday, a longtime aide Gaetz aide, communications director Luke Ball, resigned.
Since Wednesday evening, media watchdogs report, the network hasn't mentioned Gaetz's name a single time as of midday on Friday.
The Wheeling Intelligencer
I could not find anything in this week's Wheeling Intelligencer on the Gaetz story. To be safe, I then did a search of the Wheeling Intelligencer’s coverage of Matt Gaetz since January 1. I found “Matt Gaetz” mentioned in syndicated columns on February 8 and 10 – long before the current scandal. There has been no mention of Gaetz since then. Contrast this lack of coverage with the Intelligencer’s coverage of the sexual harassment scandal involving New York’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, which made the national news in early March. The Intelligencer responded by publishing four Associated Press stories on March 1, 3, 4, 8 detailing the charges against Cuomo. He was also the subject of a syndicated column on March 5. The charges against Gaetz and Cuomo are certainly different, but both are serious. So, how do we explain the difference in coverage? It’s simple -- Cuomo is a Democrat and Gaetz a Republican.