Quick quiz: best sign of health for a candidate on either the Republican or Democratic primary contests?  If you refused to attack Dominion Power.

Gabe Cavallaro over at the Staunton News Leader decided to copy borrow from our piece written here about three weeks back after unfairly slamming Dominion as one of many “corporate backers” flushing Virginia politics with cash.

After Northam and Gillespie carried the day, along with the vanquishing of progressive anti-clean energy fanatics across the board last week, Cavallaro has notably changed his tone:

Well, for campaign contributions to statewide candidates, the top environmental groups’ combined efforts actually have the energy giant beat.

…and how does Cavallaro apologize?

So what does that all mean? If nothing else, it speaks to the fact that there’s a lot of donor money to be had out there for candidates, said Geoffrey Skelley, associate editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics.

A notably different approach might be that Cavallaro carried water for progressive organizations who outspent Dominion by a factor of 4:1 (by his own reporting) during a hot and heavy Democratic campaign season, and is trying to “even the score” after the fact.

What’s notable here is that for those of us in new media, we tend to get slammed as “bloggers” while the so-called journalists — a profession demoted to reporting and clickbait — seem to ride tall in the saddle taking swings no one in digital journalism would consider even remotely ethical.

Yet the “printists” (is that a fair term?) seem to borrow quite freely from new media without citing sources, giving attribution, or even so much as the courtesy of a link or hat tip — common among non-print mediums, but apparently verboten among printists reporters.

Meanwhile, the columnists on both sides tend to get opinion journalism more right than not, precisely because we can call them as we see ’em.

As for the unfortunate saccharine-driven slams against Dominion?  Folks kinda know a Virginia institution when they see one… and when you start doing the actual math on power consumption in Hampton Roads, the opportunities at the Port of Virginia, and the international significance of Virginia’s geographic positioning on the world stage (thank you, Christopher Newport)?

Dominion isn’t just on our side in all of this.  Dominion is right — and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline can’t be built soon enough for Virginia’s working class and energy ratepayers.