Democrat Label Missing When Democrats in Trouble

You may remember Alan Grayson, the loud mouth liberal who represents the 9th congressional district of Florida. He’s a Democrat when he’s accusing Republicans of waging a “war on women.” But when he’s accused of hitting his estranged wife, his Democrat party affiliation is not necessary to name. Scott Whitlock reports:

“Journalists and networks hyped the so-called Republican ‘war on women’ during the 2012 election. But ABC and CBS on Wednesday skipped the claim that liberal Congressman Alan Grayson committed domestic abuse against his estranged wife. Only Today Show journalist Kristen Welker on Wednesday revealed, ‘Democratic Congressman Alan Grayson is denying allegations that he shoved his wife, Lolita Grayson.’

“She continued, ‘According to court documents filed Monday and obtained by the Orlando Sentinel, Ms. Grayson accused her husband of showing up at her Florida home unannounced over the weekend and then deliberately and with force pushed her very hard against the door, causing her to fall to the ground.’ “CBS This Morning and ABC’s Good Morning America ignored the accusations. Tuesday night’s evening newscasts did as well.”

Let’s be clear that in domestic disputes, all sorts of charges are made. Many of them have no merit. But if Grayson was a Republican, a charge, false or not, would be enough to merit front page headlines with a full week of coverage with the REPUBLICAN label writ large.

Grayson is denying the domestic violence claims. His lawyers claim that a video shows that it was Grayson’s wife who struck the Democrat Congressman, although there are four seconds when the couple is out of view.

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If a Republican had been charged with an indiscretion of any sort, or saying or doing something stupid, the headlines would read

  • REPUBLICAN in scandal.
  • REPUBLICAN Says Something Stupid
  • REPUBLICAN Gets Caught
  • REPUBLICAN Walks on Wrong Side of Street

Then there’s former DEMOCRAT congressman Mel White who “was arrested for allegedly possessing pornographic material and violating immigration laws.” The Huffington Post reports on the story but never identifies White’s party affiliation.

When a Democrat gets caught doing something nefarious, the party affiliation is often missing if he or she is a Democrat.

Here are just three of many examples:

  • “Former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin was convicted on 20 of 21 counts of corruption and bribery. . . . USA Today reporter Rick Jervis did a bit of a profile of Nagin in the course of reporting on the convictions. It included a recounting of his time at the city’s helm during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. But one thing his . . . report predictably did not include was Nagin’s Democratic Party affiliation.”
  • “Within the span of 40 seconds, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams reported on two politicians caught in scandals, one a Republican the other a Democrat, but he gave the party affiliation of only one of the troubled politicians. Can you guess which one?”
  • “Bob Filner was sentenced to ‘90 days home confinement as punishment for three criminal charges connected to the sexual harassment scandal that ended his term as San Diego mayor.’ . . . staffers Monica Garske and R. Stickney . . . failed to mention Filner’s Democratic Party affiliation in their story.”

So the next time you read about a politician that finds himself or herself in deep doo-doo and you’re not told the party affiliation, you can go with Democrat.

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