MSNBC Reports Bulger Arrest, Omits Fact Brother Was Dem Party Hotshot, May Have Helped Him Flee Law

June 23rd, 2011 11:40 AM

Imagine that one of the FBI's most wanted mobsters had a brother who for decades had been a Republican power broker in a deep red state like say Texas. On top of that, that Republican party boss may have helped his brother flee justice. Imagine that that mob boss was arrested last night after 16 years on the lam.

MSNBC would most certainly report not just the capture but the political connections of the mobster's brother, right?

Only the party boss was former Massachusetts Senate President Billy Bulger (D) and the mobster was South Boston's James "Whitey" Bulger.


Many suspect, although it's never been proven, that James's politically-connected younger brother Billy  may have had something to do with Whitey fleeing justice in 1995.

Yet when MSNBC reported the story during the 10 a.m. Eastern "Jansing & Co.," neither anchor Chris Jansing nor correspondent Pete Williams made any reference to William Bulger or Bay State Democrats.