The editorial in today's Watauga Democrat would make a fine poster for "Do as we say and not as we do."
Can't we all just be nice? asks the paper that has taken thousands of $$ in paid advertising from a powerful man who can buy his smears at the retail price.
Then we get the tsk-tsking of an editorialist, whose employer profitted from the smears, trying to imply that both sides are equally guilty.
We like that. It so reduces every struggle to a moral-equivalency mush. And, apparently, it's a dependable perch for people who want to be ABOVE politics, and self-righteous about it to boot.