Treatment of Souder Resignation Illustrates AP and NYT's Double Standa

May 18th, 2010 2:34 PM
Today, the Associated Press generally did what is supposed to do when reporting on scandal-plagued politicians. Here are the first five paragraphs of the AP's brief report on Indiana Congressman Mark Souder's resignation announcement (link is dynamic and will probably be updated; "where's the worst one we can find?" picture of Souder at top right is via AP): Here's the opening of the…

No Party ID on ABC for Imprisoned Jefferson; CBS Skips Sentencing

November 14th, 2009 5:32 PM
Former Congressman William Jefferson, the New Orleans Democrat with bribery cash hidden in his freezer, was sentenced Friday to 13 years in prison, the longest-ever for a Member of Congress on a corruption charge -- yet the CBS Evening News didn't utter a word about it, just as that newscast ignored his August conviction, while ABC's World News didn't bother to mention his party affiliation.  NBC…

CNN's Collins Omits William Jefferson's Democratic Affiliation

August 6th, 2009 2:03 PM
As if to insist that the broadcast networks shouldn't corner the market on "Name That Party" fun, CNN this morning joined in the fun when reporting on yesterday's conviction of former Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) on 11 corruption charges.Yet when reporting the story shortly after 9:30 a.m. EDT today, "CNN Newsroom" anchor Heidi Collins neglected to mention Jefferson's…

Nets Take Turns Failing to ID Convicted Democrat William Jefferson

August 6th, 2009 12:23 PM
On Thursday, all three network morning news programs reported the conviction of former Louisiana Congressman William Jefferson on bribery charges, but only NBC’s Today identified him as a Democrat. CBS’s Early Show and ABC’s Good Morning America simply referred to him as a "former congressman."In contrast, Wednesday’s NBC Nightly News did not provide a Democratic label for Jefferson,…

After Guilty Verdicts, NBC Fails to ID Jefferson's Party Affiliation

August 5th, 2009 8:49 PM
Wednesday's NBC Nightly News devoted a full minute to the guilty convictions for bribery, racketeering and  wire fraud against former nine-term Louisiana Democratic Congressman William Jefferson, but failed to name his political party. ABC's Charles Gibson mentioned Jefferson's party in a brief World News item. The CBS Evening News didn't air anything about Jefferson…

Heavy Coverage of Sanford’s Woes, But Where Are Democratic Scandals

July 2nd, 2009 12:09 PM
In the week since South Carolina’s Republican Governor announced he had flown to Argentina to carry on an extra-marital affair, the broadcast morning and evening news shows have gone full bore on the scandal, cranking out 49 stories even in the midst of other major stories like Michael Jackson’s death and the continuing repression in Iran. The morning after Sanford announced his…

WaPo Fails to Mention William Jefferson Is a Democrat

June 16th, 2009 5:00 PM
William Jefferson, who was found with $90,000 of cash in his freezer, is now on trial for 16 counts including racketeering, obstruction of justice, and money laundering. The Washington Post's Allison Klein did a story on his trial today, but for some reason Klein failed to mention Jefferson's party identification. Could it be, perhaps, because Jefferson was a Democrat while he was in office,…

Name That Party: March Madness Edition

March 27th, 2009 7:51 PM
Today's Chicago Tribune, taking a cue from its hero Barack Obama, gave bracketeering a try.  The contenders, all former Illinois and Louisiana public officials, were selected for a smackdown to determine the most disgraceful.The rivals from Louisiana were former Governors Huey Long and Edwin Edwards, former Congressman William "Refrigerator" Jefferson, and former New Orleans City…

ABC's 'Name That Party' December 'Scandal' Montage Updated to Include

February 20th, 2009 3:09 PM
Well, isn't THIS interesting. In a December post (at NewsBusters; at BizzyBlog), I reviewed ABC's online "The Faces of Political Scandal" slideshow, which featured mini-profiles of 14 politicians in recent years who have been tainted by scandal and/or crime. At the time, I noted that: Of the 14 politicians identified, seven are Democrats and seven are Republicans. Five of the seven GOP…

NBC Profiles Vietnamese Republican Who Beat Corrupt Dem Rep Jefferson

January 6th, 2009 10:54 PM
On Tuesday’s NBC Nightly News, correspondent Ron Mott filed a report featuring incoming Republican Congressman Joseph Cao, the first Vietnamese-American elected to Congress, and the man who defeated corrupt former Democratic Congressman William Jefferson in heavily Democratic New Orleans. Brian Williams introduced Mott’s piece: "There was new ground broken on Capitol Hill today, where the…

Name That Party Parade: ABC's 'Faces of Political Scandal' Labels Most

December 11th, 2008 9:04 AM
A collection of "The Faces of Political Scandal," assembled by ABC News yesterday (HT to an e-mailer), once again demonstrates the media's relative reluctance to identify the membership of Democrats involved in scandal.Of the 14 politicians identified, seven are Democrats and seven are Republicans. Five of the seven GOP members are identified as such, while only two of the seven…

[Updated: Williams Responds] | MSNBC.com Omits Jefferson's Democratic

March 31st, 2008 2:13 PM
Update at bottom of post: Williams responds (18:24 EDT) I have to hand it to the AP this time. They actually noted the political party affiliation of another Democrat in legal hot water. So did CNN.com and Reuters. But for some reason, MSNBC's Pete Williams left out the party affiliation of Louisiana's Rep. William Jefferson (D) in this March 31 item at the First Read blog:In something of a…

CBS Faster to Identify Party of Republican Than of Democrats

March 28th, 2008 8:27 PM
On Monday night, the CBS Evening News failed to identify Kwame Kilpatrick as a Democrat in reporting criminal charges filed against the Detroit Mayor, but on Friday night the same anchor, Harry Smith, used the very first word, of his introduction to a story on another politician in criminal trouble, to name the party: Republican Congressman Rick Renzi of Arizona goes on trial next month, charged…

AP Reporter's Indicted Pol Writeups Differ Sharply (Renzi vs. Jefferso

February 22nd, 2008 2:24 PM
There is no need to play the parlor game, "What party is this person a member of?" with this Associated Press story by Lara Jakes Jordan (Feb. 23 Note: The original link from AP's hosted.ap.org site was changed; the story link now goes to Jordan's story carried at SignOnSanDiego.com. Jordan's report has been saved for future reference at BizzyBlog's host for fair use and discussion…