Name that party has long been a fun parlor game. Our news media’s reluctance to identify as Democrats politicians who have committed criminal offenses, while showing no such restraint for Republicans, is so well known as to have become hackneyed and subject to ridicule.
The news media, aware that knowledge of their bias is widespread, have adopted a new tactic: instead of just suppressing the miscreants’ party affiliation, they now spike the entire story. While they may think it harder for us to decry non-coverage than biassed coverage, the absence of major stories arouses curiosity and raises telling questions.
This new twist can be seen in the case of Kwame Kilpatrick, scion of a political family and the former mayor of Detroit. He has already served over a year in the hoosegow for obstruction of justice and parole violation. On March 13 he was convicted of 24 counts of racketeering. He faces up to 20 more years in jail. This should have been big news. It is even more significant now that the bankrupt city of Detroit has essentially been placed into receivership by the state. It doesn’t take a genius to see a connection between corruption in the political class and the collapse of city government.
As reported by NewsBusters, the television networks ABC, CBS, and NBC did not find Mr. Kilpatrick’s troubles worthy of mention.
We are heartened that some left-wing outlets are still playing by the good old, true-and-true rules of our game. PBS reported the court decision, but, faithfully honoring the traditions of left-wing journalism, omitted mention that he is a Democrat. Joining in on the fun, the Washington Post, in a story about SEC charges that Mr. Kilpatrick played fast and loose with Detroit’s pension funds, also could not find room to add a (D) after the former mayor’s name.
The game always comes to a satisfying conclusion with this reflection: If it had been a Republican, … well, you know the rest.