Is It Ok to Use the Serial Comma Inconsistently?

I teach my students that whether they favor or oppose the serial comma, it’s important that they be consistent above all else.

Yet check out these two sentences from a recent op-ed in the ​​New York Times​:

“Conservatives and people of the right value these things as well but have several additional moral touchstones — loyalty, respect and sanctity. They value in-group solidarity, deference to authority, and the protection of purity in mind and body.”

Is there any justifiable excuse for such inconsistency — especially in the most coveted real estate in journalism?

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