One has to wonder why the media are making such a big deal of the sexual harassment charges against Republican presidential contender Herman Cain ("Allegations rock GOP's Cain," Nov. 1). Didn't the two-term presidency of Bill Clinton eliminate sexual impropriety as an issue in politics? And how about the John Edwards cover-up?

Mr. Cain admits he was accused of sexual harassment when he was president of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, but says the charges were "totally baseless" and that "nothing happened" that was improper.

The media still celebrate Mr. Clinton as a man of great virtue and much-admired political giant of his time.

Mr. Edwards got similar media treatment when he ran for the Democratic' presidential nomination in 2008.

If bad sexual behavior is OK for Democrats, why are the accusations against Mr. Cain a legitimate news item? Could it be that he's a Republican who's gaining popularity and poses an election-year threat to the media's current favorite?

Benedict Frederick Jr., Pasadena