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News reports leave out party affiliation…sometimes

November 13, 2010

Maryland official declares innocence in bribe scandal – CNN.com.

Interesting article from the completely unbiased journalists at CNN.

This one involved a country county executive partaking in scandalous activity that would make William Jefferson look like a choir boy.  Oh and his wife was in on it too.

Jack Johnson, who served as the executive of Prince George’s County, Maryland, since 2002, spoke to reporters late Friday after the FBI released details of how he and his wife allegedly tried to hide checks and evidence of illegal payments, even going so far as to flush a $100,000 check down the toilet.

The article is an interesting read, but I decided to post it for one simple reason, CNN failed to report what party Johnson belongs to.  I bet you can guess which one can’t you?  Yep, democrat.

One simple question – If it was a republican, do you think they would have left that part of the story out?  The answer is no, as evidenced by this recent article about the suicide of one of Ted Stevens’ prosecutors, arguably a story that has much less to do with Stevens’ political affiliation.

But to be fair, they aren’t the only news organization that feels party affiliation is unimportant when it comes to bribery and scandal, the web-site of WBAL-TV also decided to leave it out on their report of State Senator Ulysses Currie and his indictment for corruption charges.  What party does he belong to?  You guessed it, Democrat.

This might be a little issue, but I think it paints an image, or fails to paint one, especially when only one party is being attached to corruption and the other party is being conspicuously left out.

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. November 13, 2010 3:38 pm

    Yes, if it’s a Democrat a journolist will not publish the political party. It can take a lot of digging to learn the party. Of course, if it’s a Republican, well, it’s easy to find out because it’s in the story.

    This happened when a bunch of officials in New Jersey were taken down on corruption charges last year. I think there were 4 or 5 of them and the only one identified by party was… the Republican!

    • November 13, 2010 3:48 pm

      Or the most recent, the 8 California country officials who all got nailed for corruption. Its pretty easy to find out what party they belong to, if the press doesn’t say, they are democrat (which they were), if they do, well its kinda obvious then.

      • November 13, 2010 6:56 pm

        Yes huge corruption in that city. What makes it worse is if the Democrats are for the “working man” those Democrats stole from the “working man.”

      • November 13, 2010 7:33 pm

        Well said.

  2. November 13, 2010 4:54 pm

    I like the way they refer to wayward Democrat House members with their title:
    Rep. So-and-so, to subliminally plant the idea that they are Republicans.

    • November 13, 2010 4:59 pm

      Hmm, interesting, I never made that connection, I see what you mean though.

  3. November 14, 2010 7:14 am

    Just one more example of how the political deck is stacked against the Republicans. And they say FOX News is biased. Pot, kettle, black, if you ask me.

    • November 14, 2010 11:43 am

      FOX is biased. But that is ok because everyone knows that going in, we don’t expect one thing and get something else. So we can parse the information we get with the knowledge their is a bias attached, just like we do with the MSM. The main difference is the MSM still maintains they are impartial, which is laughable.

  4. November 14, 2010 7:32 am

    This is something that I have noticed in the past as well. If you read a negative stroy about a politician and they either don’t mention what party they are from or you have to read well into the article to find out, you can rest assured that it is a Democrat. But if the subject of a negative story is a Republican his party is always mentioned in the first paragraph. This neve fails and it just gives us a little proof of the media bias we face in this country on a daily basis.

    • November 14, 2010 11:38 am

      What do they call it it? The inverted pyramid? Put the most important information first, in your example, a crooked Republican, and the least important information at the bottom of the article, a crooked Democrat.

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