Wednesday, July 30, 2014

MediaBiasWatch: Guilty (Shhh) Democrat vs. GUILTY!! Republican

By Larry Elder

By Larry Elder, Jul. 30, 2014

When former long-time Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon, and his wife, were found guilty on voter fraud and perjury charges, local publications, of course, were all over the story.

After all, the one-time assistant to five-term Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley, Alarcon served for years in the California State Senate, the State Assembly, and Los Angeles City Council. But the one-time L.A. mayoral candidate was charged with voter fraud and perjury, accused of illegally living outside of his district and lying about his true residence.

The Los Angeles Times, the Daily News and the Los Angeles Business Journal all reported on his conviction. But none -- not one -- of the three publications, at least in their online editions, noted Alarcon's party affiliation: Democrat.

Look at the L.A. Times. Its headline reads: "Former councilman Richard Alarcon, wife guilty of voter fraud, perjury." In an article with 11 paragraphs, the paper could not find the space to squeeze in even a tiny little reference to his party.

Now contrast this with an L.A. Times article about the conviction of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, a Republican. The headline and sub-headline refer to Delay's Republican affiliation -- twice. "Former House Majority Leader Tom Delay convicted of money laundering: The Republican was accused of conspiring to funnel $190,000 in donations to GOP candidates in Texas in 2002 elections. He faces five to 99 years in prison, plus two to 20 years for a conspiracy count.”

The short, 12-paragraph body of the article manages to mention Delay’s “Republican” affiliation:

Republican U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay … was accused of conspiring to illegally funnel $190,000 in corporate campaign donations to Republican candidates. …

“In 1994, DeLay was part of the "Republican revolution" that won control of the House for the first time in 40 years. He then got the job of House majority whip, making him the chamber's third-ranking Republican. …

“DeLay resigned from the House in 2006 after being linked to Jack Abramoff, a former Republican lobbyist snared in a federal investigation of influence peddling on Capitol Hill. Two of DeLay's former aides pleaded guilty to corruption. DeLay denied any wrongdoing. …

“During the 2006 congressional election, Democrats criticized DeLay's actions, saying that they illustrated a pattern of corruption in the Republican-led Congress. Democrats won the 2006 election and took back control of Congress.”

Count them.

In addition to the two headline references to the Republican Party, the article cites DeLay's party or his interaction with another "Republican" six additional times.

The most charitable Alarcon explanation is this. California has so few Republicans, none elected statewide, that Democrats are the only ones left around here to corrupt.

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