What is more blatant than showing bias towards someone from your region? It's suggesting that someone is NOT biased and citing that lack of bias as a bad attribute.
This is what happens when we get used to wrong things. Not doing a wrong thing starts seeming like a wrong doing in itself. And gets criticised rightfully. Geez, next we'll have parents admonishing their kids that they DIDN'T cheat in their exams.
Or is that already happening?