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Ralph Northam Wrote Op-Ed Saying ‘Personal Honor Seems To Mean Little’ On ‘The City Streets’

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Democrat Virginia governor Ralph Northam wrote an editorial for the VMI Cadet student newspaper during his time at the Virginia Military Institute explaining the honor code expulsion policy at the college. In the editorial, he said that “personal honor seems to mean little” on “the city streets.”

Northam’s views on race are now coming under scrutiny as the governor tries to rebound from Big League Politics’ publication of the blackface-KKK photo on his medical school yearbook page.

Northam was president of the VMI Honor Court in his senior year, and as such he presided over the “drumming out” of students found to have committed honor code violations.

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“In this time when personal honor seems to mean little, from the city streets to the highest echelons of government, it is essential that the Honor Code at VMI be tirelessly defended and upheld not only for the sake of today’s Corps of Cadets but also for those who have been and for those cadets who follow,” Northam wrote on August 20, 1980 in a piece entitled, “Code of A Gentleman.”

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“I put it back to the former Honor Court President of the VMI Class of 1981, Governor Ralph,” says VMI graduate Roger Jarrell in a statement provided to Big League Politics. Jarrell did not attend VMI at the same time as Northam, but knows about the drumming-out process that Northam describes in his op-ed.

“When VMI cadets are “drummed out” for honor violations, the Honor Court wakes the entire corps of cadets in the dead of night. The Honor Court President then marches around the courtyard explaining that an individual cadet had been found guilty of an honor violation ‘placing personal gain above personal honor and that his name will never be mentioned within the four walls of the Institute again.’ Any alumnus can describe in great detail how those drums sounded and can describe in great detail the first drumming out ceremony they experiended as ‘Rats,'” Jarrell said.

“We used to call it a bongo furlough meaning that it was permanent…not the way to end one’s tenure at VMI. As Honor Court President, Ralph Northam presided over countless drumming out ceremonies and the underlying pre-trials and trials conducted under the UCMJ.  He more than any other knows what it is to place personal gain over personal honor.  Right now, the people of Virginia have lost faith in him.  They know longer want him in office.  By staying in office in whatever meager attempt to vindicate himself, he is truly placing personal gain above personal honor,” Jarrell said.

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Fox News Ratings Crater, Trailing CNN and MSNBC for First Time in 21 Years

A brutal collapse over the past two-and-a-half months.

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Recent data from Nielsen shows that Fox News finished behind both CNN and MSNBC in ratings to open the month of January.

This is the first time in twenty-one years that that has happened, according to Daily Wire.

Nielsen’s ratings data shows that CNN finished number one among cable news networks with approximately 2.8 million viewers per day from January 4 through January 10, including 4.2 million in primetime.

MSNBC came in second with 2.3 million viewers per day and 3.8 million in primetime. And in third was Fox News with 1.7 million viewers per day and 3.2 million in primetime.

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This is tough data for the conservative-leaning network. Over the past couple decades Fox has become accustomed to completely dominating the ratings, oftentimes receiving more viewership than CNN and MSNBC combined. Several factors contribute to the fall of Fox, including but not limited to:

  • The death of Roger Ailes in 2017 and subsequent changes in network leadership
  • Their disastrous Election Night coverage on November 3
  • Donald Trump’s loss to Joe Biden
  • An ostensible effort to distance themselves from Trump
  • A real or perceived softening of their conservatism in general
  • Trump’s public irritation with the network, to the point of telling people to migrate over to Newsmax and One America News Network (OANN)

Fox News has recently announced lineup changes as well. This is standard practice in the cable news industry and may not have much to do with their suffering ratings, though there’s a likely possibility that it does. Fox will be adding an hour-long opinion show in place of Martha MacCallum’s news show “The Story,” which had fallen behind both CNN and MSNBC’s 7pm timeslots after a stretch of being “comfortably ahead in ratings.” The network will also shuffle some of their daytime lineup.

As Joe Biden works through his first 100 days as president, it will be interesting to see how Fox News continues to perform, not only in comparison with CNN and MSNBC, but also with OANN and Newsmax.

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