March 11, 2008

A new segment here at Colossus!

It's called "Guess That Political Party!" The contributors to Newsbusters get many tips on a daily basis, and a good proportion of these have to do with the MSM's "labeling problem" -- that is, their fascination with including the "R" (Republican) for such a politician in hot water, but omitting the "D" (Democrat) for same.

Today's inaugural installment comes courtesy of MSNBC (surprise). Check out their "slide show" on political sex scandals (half-way down on this page). Who was labeled and who was not?

  • 1. NY Governor Elliot Spitzer: No label.
  • 2. ID Senator Larry Craig: Label.
  • 3. LA Senator David Vitter: Label.
  • 4. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa: No label.
  • 5. Former FL Rep. Mark Foley: Label.
  • 6. Former NJ Governor Jim McGreevey: No label.
  • 7. IL senate candidate Jack Ryan: No label, but mentions "Democratic opponent."
  • 8. Former LA Rep. Bob Livingston: Label.
  • 9. Former President Bill Clinton: No label.
  • 10. Former OR Senator Bob Packwood: Label.
  • 11. Mass. Rep. Barney Frank: Label!
  • 12. Former presidential candidate Gary Hart: Label!
  • 13. Former IL Rep. Dan Crane: Label.
  • 14. Former AR Rep. Wilbur Mills: Label!

Guess why I put exclamation points after those three!

And the totals: Every Republican is so labeled, whereas only three out of seven Democrats are.

UPDATE:'s similar slide show ain't much better.

Posted by Hube at March 11, 2008 06:08 PM | TrackBack

Comments  (We reserve the right to edit and/or delete any comments. If your comment is blocked or won't post, e-mail us and we'll post it for you.)

yes.. that is wrong that is not listed for either.

The MSM should just take Fox News lead and label the WRONG party... like they did with Larry Craig... Mark Foley...

However, it's fairly STANDARD not to label EXECUTIVES as Dem or Rep and to label congressional as such.

Posted by: mike cunningham at March 12, 2008 12:16 AM

Yeah -- an occasional mistake in labeling (and, like, the liberal nets don't make similar errors, eh?) is the same as constantly omitting the party labels of Democrats. Much more often than Republicans, that is.

Nice try.

Posted by: Hube at March 12, 2008 04:16 PM

Can I add one? Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, under investigation for perjury (not labeled!):

Foxnews also inadvertantly listed McCain as a "D", but that's probably closer than "R".

Posted by: BadIdeaGuy at March 12, 2008 09:22 PM

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