Gee -- what political party is he a member of? I dunno ... the AP doesn't deem it worthy of mention.
From CNN: Former U.S. congresswoman McKinney speaks on state TV in Libya. Hmm, no mention there ...
A former U.S. congresswoman slammed U.S. policy on Libyan state TV late Saturday and stressed the "last thing we need to do is spend money on death, destruction and war."
The station is fiercely loyal to Moammar Gadhafi and her interview was spliced with what appeared to be rallies in support of the embattled Libyan leader.
"I think that it's very important that people understand what is happening here. And it's important that people all over the world see the truth. And that is why I am here ... to understand the truth," former Rep. Cynthia McKinney said during a live interview.
Oh, thaaaaaat's right -- McKinney was a Democrat! Who knew? I'm sure CNN did, but they obviously thought it didn't matter. Surprise, that.
"Good Morning America" host and former Bill Clinton hack George Stephanopoulos doesn't think party identification is necessary in this story about the erratic behavior of Democratic Representative David Wu of Oregon.
Today, eight city council members were arrested in Bell, California for what Los Angeles County District Attorney labeled "corruption on steroids." Thus far, every major news outlet that has reported on the story has omitted the fact that all eight individuals arrested are Democrats.
These glaring omissions come only weeks after NewsBusters reported that of the 351 stories on the then-brewing controversy, 350 had omitted party affiliations, and one had mentioned they were Democrats only in apologizing for not doing so sooner.
ABC, CBS, the Los Angeles Times, the Associated Press, Bloomberg, USA Today, CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and the San Francisco Chronicle all reported on the arrests today without mentioning party affiliations.
... from this MSNBC.com "First Read" article on the death of former congressman Dan Rostenkowski?
A former congressman and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations pleaded guilty in federal court today to obstruction of justice and to acting as an unregistered foreign agent related to his work for an Islamic charity with ties to international terrorism
Guess which party he belongs to. C'mon just guess. If the deafening silence of the MSM is an indication I think you already know.
I wonder how this would be reported if.....you know what, never mind.
AP report (via the Wilmington News Journal) on Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon's ouster from office.
What's missing? You guessed it.
CPS: Lawmaker owes $500,000 in back rent, taxes is the headline at the Chicago Breaking News Center.
State Rep. Monique Davis owes the Chicago Board of Education close to $500,000 in rent, back taxes and fines for a South Side building she has been using rent-free as a legislative office for 7 years, according to a report from the school system's inspector general.
The school district has taken legal action against the long-time Chicago legislator, suing her for $83,737.35, according to court documents filed in November. The district is not seeking compensation for property taxes and associated fees. The Illinois attorney general's office has filed an appearance to represent Davis but did not immediately return calls seeking comment.
No mention what political party Davis belongs to. No wonder.
Marion Barry -- arrested again. Is he ... a Democrat? Republican? Independent? Communist?
N.C. State fires Mary Easley is the headline at the local WRAL.com website.
The North Carolina State University Board of Trustees voted unanimously Monday to terminate the contract of former first lady Mary Easley.
Easley has resisted calls in recent weeks to step down from her $170,000-a-year job at N.C. State, despite a growing controversy that claimed the jobs of three top university officials.
Last year, she received an 88 percent pay increase when she signed a five-year contract. N.C. State officials defended the move, saying she had taken on additional duties, such as directing pre-law services at the university and serving as a liaison to area law firms and law schools at other universities as she developed a dual degree program.
Provost Larry Nielsen and McQueen Campbell, the chairman of the Board of Trustees, resigned last month amid questions over their roles in Mary Easley's hiring. Chancellor James Oblinger submitted his resignation Monday after officials questioned the lucrative payout he negotiated with Nielsen as he transitioned into a faculty position.
Mary is the wife of former gov. Mike Easley. Oh, that's right -- he's a Democrat. Which you wouldn't know from this article, natch!
Associated Press's account about a NY State Senator's conviction of domestic assault.
Notice anything missing? Thankfully, the NY Times gives the key detail in its second paragraph.
It seems the GOP only gets labeled when it's involved in scandal:
Taxpayers will be able to see where every dime of state money goes under an executive order Governor Bob Riley signed today. The directive orders the creation of a publicly accessible website that details all spending, grants and contracts done by state government. The public information will include the amount of funds being spent, the date of the expenditure, the agency spending the money and the funding source. “Taxpayers will know where their money goes and to whom it goes," said Governor Riley.
Governor Riley signed the executive order during the annual meeting of the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama (PARCA), where he delivered remarks on the need for ethics reform and more accountability in state government. (Link.)
Gov. Riley, by the way, happens to be a Republican.
Local Portland, OR story from KGW Channel 8:
Five Oregon state lawmakers want to impose a hefty tax on beer and have introduced a bill that brewers say would cripple them.
Four Portland legislators joined a Springfield senator to introduce Oregon House Bill 2461, which would impose a $49.61 tax on each barrel of beer produced by Oregon brewers.
The tax would raise revenue for the state at a time when budgets are running in the red. Specifically, the bill says it would fund prevention, treatment and recovery programs for those addicted to alcohol and other substances.
It also defends the tax by claiming alcoholism and “untreated substance abuse” costs the state $4.15 billion in “lost earnings” as well as more than $8 million for health care and nearly $1 billion in law enforcement-related expenditures.
Prior versions of the beer tax bill have exempted small breweries but this one does not.
House Bill 2461 has been introduced by Portland Reps. Ben Cannon and Michael Dembrow, Portland Sens. Jackie Dingfelder and Diane Rosenbaum, and Springfield Sen. William Morrisette.
That additional $49.61 is a, um, 1,900% tax increase, folks. But notice that the article does not list anywhere the political affiliation of any of the bill's sponsors. They are all Democrats. (See here and here for proof.) Which shouldn't come as a surprise, I suppose, for this station. It notes on its main page that it's an "AP Award winner, Best Oregon TV Web Site, 2007."
And we all know how consistent the AP is when it comes to labeling politicans now, don't we?
Can't make it known that a fellow Democrat is criticizing The Messiah now, can we?
The mayor of Las Vegas has written President Barack Obama to say that his comments about companies using taxpayer money to visit Sin City are harmful.
Mayor Oscar Goodman is not asking for an apology, though, as he did a day earlier in a television interview.
Goodman says in a copy of the letter obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday that he knows the president has an enormous burden in dealing with the economy, but that he should stop "calling out" individual destinations.
Obama said during a town hall meeting this week in Indiana that companies getting federal bailout money shouldn't take trips to Las Vegas or go to the Super Bowl on the taxpayer's dime. (Link.)
Elsewhere, what was former DC Mayor Marion Barry's political party again?
Oh, but when The Messiah hears the "pleas" of a Florida homeless woman, we read this:
[Henrietta] Hughes said she had been homeless after her son lost his job and, subsequently, their home. Although her son has been looking for work, Hughes says, so far, no luck.
The Fort Myers-Cape Coral area -- in heavily Republican Lee County, which went for GOP presidential nominee John McCain in the 2008 election -- has seen record housing foreclosure rates.
(h/t to SWT.)
RACINE, Wis. (AP) -- Racine Mayor Gary Becker was arrested Tuesday for charges involving child pornography and solicitation of a minor, city officials said Wednesday.
Becker, who was first elected in 2003, was arrested on multiple felony counts, including solicitation of a minor, city administrator Ben Hughes told The Journal Times in Racine.
A mayor, huh? I wonder what party he is? Good question. Even the local Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel doesn't mention it.
It only took about one hour ago to "discover" it -- but not until the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 ... seventh paragraph.
We in the tri-state region should know:
Federal investigators are questioning a discontinued scholarship program founded by a Pennsylvania congressman.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Sunday that investigators are asking about the use of federal grants given to College Opportunity Resources for Education, or CORE Philly.
The program was set up by Rep. Chaka Fattah four years ago but is ending after next spring. He says the investigation was about a $700,000 grant from the Justice Department to cover staffing, computers and more.
Fattah believes interest in the inquiry increased because of complaints from a disgruntled employee.
He has said he's ending the program because of a subsidy cut.
Yep. He’s a Democrat.
'Ya gotta love politicians (and their spouses):
Times are tough, but evidently not so tough New York couldn't spend $21,000 on an antique Turkish rug for the governor's mansion.
That purchase came as Gov. David Paterson was ordering state agencies to cut spending and warning of dire economic hardships to come as budget deficits mount to $2 billion this year alone.
The Times Union of Albany reports Thursday that Office of General Services records show the 10-foot-by-15-foot custom-stitched rug was shipped July 31. An OGS spokesman said the purchase was part of routine maintenance.
Critics say government should cut waste before asking citizens to sacrifice.
Elsewhere, the Texas House of Representatives recently ordered about $140,000 in items for its lounge, including antique chandeliers and big screen televisions. (Source.)
Then there's the wife of Iowa Governor Chet Culver who thinks only the "little people" have to follow the laws her hubby gladly signs into law:
Iowa’s first lady admitted today that she smoked in a state-owned vehicle, breaking a law that her husband signed with fanfare in April. The law bans smoking in most workplaces, including employers’ vehicles. It specifically bans smoking in government-owned cars.
Oh, and guess what -- neither news story labels Paterson nor Culver as ... Democrats. Surprise!!
(h/t to Shirley for the Paterson/TX House story!)
Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon is in hot water.
Gee, I wonder what party she belongs to? There's no mention of it in this AP article...
Via the AP: Former Texas congressman indicted.
HOUSTON – Former U.S. Rep. Craig Washington of Houston has been indicted on a charge of aggravated assault with a gun, a second-degree felony.
Harris County district attorney's officials declined to describe the alleged incident, which apparently happened on New Year's Day.
Mr. Washington, who is an attorney, was expected to turn himself in and post $30,000 bail, officials said. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. He did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.
Mr. Washington served in Congress from 1989 to 1995.
I wonder which party he belonged to?
What party was former NJ governor Jim McGreevey again ... ?
UPDATE: There's a mention of the "Democratic governor" in the second-to-last paragraph. I swear it wasn't there previously as I scoured the article. But, contrary to popular belief, I ain't perfect. I may have erred! ;-)
Disgraced NY Governor Eliot Spitzer -- a Republican! Who knew?
(Oh, but remember -- only Fox News mislabels politicians!)
The party of disgraced Pennsylvania State Senator Vince Fumo, that is, courtesy of this Philly Inquirer article.
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?
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: ABC.com's similar slide show ain't much better.