UPDATED: The WSJ's deafening silence over the Mark Sanford scandal

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Otherwise known as Day Five of the WSJ Hypocrisy Watch.

It's been five days since the conservative Republican governor with national electoral aspirations announced his extramarital affair, and it's been that long since we learned the conservative Republican governor used taxpayer money to visit his girlfriend.

It's been five days since questions about whether Sanford should be impeached were raised, and a few days since a South Caroline Republican announced he'd go all the way to the Justice Department if need be in order to investigate Sanford's behavior.

And yet....the WSJ editorial page which crusaded for the Clinton impeachment and which crusaded that every possible type of criminal prosecutions be launched against Clinton has remained stone-cold silent. The Sanford debacle is of no interest to the very serious writers at the WSJ.

But it turns out the blatant hypocrisy isn't just traced to the Clinton `90's. It can be traced to the 2008 story of disgraced New York Governor Eliot Spitzer. When that Democrat admitted to an extramarital affair, the WSJ opinion pages were very interested. In fact, within 48 hours of that story breaking, Kimberly Strassel wrote up a media critique, claiming the "compliant" press had covered for Spitzer.

But again, the incurious writers and editors at the Journal have shown zero interest in the media angle on the Sanford story, which highlights again how the newspaper's opinion pages have little interest in actual journalism.

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