Name That Party
NPR couldn't be bothered to include pro-gun rights talking heads in their Monday coverage of boycotts targeting the National Rifle Association and gun manufacturers. Morning Edition featured pro-gun control activist Shannon Watts during their report on the "more than a dozen companies...cutting ties with the National Rifle Association." However, the program merely read an excerpt from a NRA statement responding to the corporate moves. Hours later, All Things Considered turned to two gun control supporters — California state treasurer John Chiang and Avery Gardiner of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence — during a segment on the anti-gun manufacturers campaign. The evening newscast followed its sister program's lead in leaving out gun rights suppporters from the report.
Wednesday afternoon, the Tennessean reported that Nashville Mayor Megan Barry disclosed that "she had an extramarital affair with the police officer in charge of her security detail." The paper's story tagged Barry as a Democrat (in their fourth paragraph), but national stories seen at the Associated Press and ABC News have not.
Mayor Joy Cooper of Hallandale Beach, Florida, was forced to resign by Sunshine State Governor Rick Scott on Friday after her Thursday arrest on three felony charges: campaign finance violations, official misconduct and money laundering. At least four Florida news outlets have run reports failing to tag Cooper, who is accused of accepted illegal campaign finance checks from Russians, as a Democrat.
Former Massachusetts State Senator Brian Joyce was arrested a week ago and charged with accepting over $1 million in bribes. The story is getting very little coverage outside of New England, even though Joyce was quite creative in the forms of bribery he accepted, and even though Joyce's arrest continues long trend of corruption among Bay State Democratic Party legislative leaders and politicians.
Mayor Joey Torres of Paterson, New Jersey, that state's third-largest city and a Democrat, pled guilty to corruption charges on Monday after leaving office the previous Friday. According to a USA Today affiliate, Torres and three supervisors in the city's public works department "pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree conspiracy on Friday for directing Paterson employees to perform work at a private warehouse leased by his daughter and nephew."
One would have thought the New York Times would have learned its labeling lesson, after the backlash it received when it managed to leave off the inconvenient “Democrat” label from its initial coverage of the corruption trial of New Jersey U.S. Senator Robert Menendez. Yet the first filings of Benjamin Weiser’s relatively sympathetic story on the sentencing of former Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner contained no party labels. At least one print version of the paper’s National Edition featured the scandal on the front page but with no Democratic label, under the headline “Weiner, Teary and Chastened, Is to Serve 21 Months for Lewd Texts.”
Mothers with young daughters rejoiced on Monday when Carlos Danger, AKA former Congressman Anthony Weiner, was sentenced to 21 months behind bars for sexting with a 15-year-old girl. But the Big Three Networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) seemed a little timid when reporting the news later that evening. ABC blacked it out from their reporting on World News Tonight all together, while both CBS and NBC failed to mention that Mr. Danger was a Democrat.
Time for another edition of Name That Party! Seattle’s liberal Democrat Mayor Ed Murray resigned on Tuesday after five people accused him of sex abuse. Unsurprisingly, CBS and PBS avoided identifying the progressive politician as a Democrat. Today co-host Savannah Guthrie, however described him as a “Democrat” and “vocal critic of Donald Trump.”
The world finally got an answer today to this question: "How many serious allegations of sexual abuse of minors have to be brought forth against Democrat Mayor Ed Murray of Seattle before he'll do the right thing and resign?" Early Tuesday, Murray's fifth accuser came forward. Hours later, he resigned, effective Wednesday afternoon. Thus ends one of the most disgraceful sagas in the history of local media anywhere.
In the wake of Hurricane Irma, the New York Times advanced the “climate change” agenda from every angle in Tuesday’s edition. First up, the paper featured more odd respect for religion from its colorful left-wing reporter Jason Horowitz, in “Pope, in the Air, Puts Foot Down on Climate Change Denial and DACA Reversal.” The text box: “The pontiff says pro-life believers must defend the unity of the family.” And another Times reporter stuck up for the tasteless global warming warriors using Hurricane Irma to forward "climate change."
New York Times reporter Nick Corasaniti’s initial 1,200-word story on the upcoming trial of Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey on federal bribery charges had everything but one little detail: His Democratic Party affiliation. It’s a bad habit by the Times to ignore party affiliation of scandal-plagued Democrats, while eagerly, sometimes instantl, identifying Republican politicians in similar straits.
On Thursday, NBC’s Chuck Todd drew criticism when he decided to give Antifa -- a radical leftist group recently designated by New Jersey as a domestic terrorist organization -- a platform on his MSNBC show MTP Daily. But come Sunday’s Meet the Press, Todd doubled down and decided to have a so-called “debate” about whether their use of violence to shut down free speech was justifiable.