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In a “Saturday Night Massacre”-like move, Mr. Cuomo suddenly terminated the commission, and now federal prosecutors, including the hard-charging U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara, are investigating.

Unlike Mr. Christie’s immediate take-charge response, however, Mr. Cuomo hunkered down in radio silence for days. He later emerged with a ludicrous “explanation”; namely, that since the commission was “appointed by and staffed by the executive,” he could not have possibly interfered with it. Huh?

A Democrat running for re-election this year, Mr. Cuomo has benefited from scant press coverage of the scandal, with the notable exceptions of The New York Times, The Politico and a few other outlets. The story has not gotten anywhere near the wall-to-wall attention, though, that the far-less-serious Christie story has gotten — and continues to get.

As a result, Mr. Cuomo is doing swimmingly with New Yorkers. In a Siena Research Institute poll released this week, two-thirds of the state’s likely voters — presumably those paying the closest attention — were unfamiliar with the Moreland Commission and knew nothing about the scandal and investigation.

Since the story broke, his favorability rating is down just four points, to a still-high 57 percent, and he enjoys a 32-point advantage over his Republican challenger.

New York’s Democratic chief executive is at the center of a major political and legal storm of his own making, with the U.S. attorney circling him like a shark, and that gets largely cursory coverage. New Jersey’s Republican chief executive takes responsibility for his subordinates’ unethical behavior and terminates them — and that generates months of never-ending criticism.

We just marked the 40th anniversary of President Nixon’s resignation. When I spoke to him about Watergate during the last years of his life, he once said to me, “One of my biggest mistakes was not realizing that there was a standard for Democrats, a standard for Republicans, and then there was a standard for me.”

Not much has changed in 40 years — except that the press has gotten even more ideologically activist, more protective of Democrats, and less inclined to even the pretense of fairness. A great republic can remain neither great nor a republic with such corruption among those charged with reporting the even-handed truth.

Monica Crowley is online opinion editor at The Washington Times.