In the world of politics, you have to wonder sometimes.
When the late Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott abruptly resigned and vanished amid rumors he made “inappropriate,” unspecified comments to a female, effectively ending Gov. Bill Walker’s re-election hopes, Walker’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Grace Jang, asked the news media to stand down.
The news media asked a few questions and went home.
Of course, many of the scandal’s details were aired out a year later in the Anchorage Daily News, but the immediate furor and any clamor for information was short-lived. It was a thing one day; history the next.
Fast forward: Since Attorney General Kevin Clarkson abruptly resigned Aug. 25 after sending hundreds of “uncomfortable” text messages to a junior state official, the news media has been in constant full throat.
That is not a bad thing, not a bad thing at all, but we wonder: Why the difference?