It’s a standing rule if you read a lot of political content. If a politician gets snared in a corruption probe, the reporter will usually name the party only if the politico is a Republican.
Exhibit A—an article at NBC New York about the mayor of Trenton, N.J.
Mayor Tony Mack was arrested on Monday. NBC- NY said six others were also arrested, including the mayor’s brother as well as a top campaign contributor described by a newspaper as “a convicted sex offender.”
NBC-NY didn’t identify Mack as a Democrat, provoking commenters on the article to ridicule the station’s bias.
The Democrat-Herald (Albany) did tag the Democrat in the next to the last paragraph.
Media often downplay scandals related to the party most media support.
For instance, in April, The News and Observer (Raleigh) said the Democrat Party of North Carolina allegedly paid “hush money” after the party’s executive director Jay Parmley was accused by a male employee of sexual harassment. National media gave it little attention.
A recent scandal brewing over sexual allegations at the Dept. of Homeland Security has been downplayed by most media. That scandal was first broken by indie blogger Debbie Schlussel.
Numerous other allegations related to Fast and Furious, Solyndra, corruption at the General Services Administration and violations of the Hatch Act have been ignored by media anxious to, as long-time Democrat Chris Matthews (MSNBC) said, to “make the Obama presidency work.” Matthews often spouts juvenile vitriol at anyone who supports government reform.
Media have long advocated for Democrats, dating to the post-Civil War era. In 2008 most media advocated for President Barack Obama, with one blogger founding the Journolist listserv to discuss campaign-related issues.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Sept. 10, 2012)
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