Explosive Scandals the Media Could Cover if They Weren’t Happening to Democrats


In the May issue of Townhall Magazine, where this column originally appeared, Mary Katharine Ham discusses three explosive scandals the media could cover if they weren’t happening to Democrats.


A suspected arms dealer, an allegedly crooked mayor dealing in White House access, and a cowardly attorney general walk into a bar. Even if it’s the bar right next door to The Washington Post, would they get any coverage? If they’re Democrats, the answer is probably no.


You know the old story. A national media once obsessed with the “local crime story” of the Trayvon Martin case is suddenly reticent about abortion doctor and convicted murderer Kermit Gosnell, because it was a “local crime story,” as The Washington Post health reporter Sarah Kliff called it. A national media once obsessed with state Sen. Wendy Davis of Texas is suddenly reticent about a state senator in California allegedly selling rocket launchers to foreign terrorists because they don’t do state senator stories, according to a CNN Twitter account.


A national media usually obsessed with political hypocrisy has not a thing to say about a one-time Brady Campaign for the Prevention of Gun Violence honoree being arrested for allegedly doing some serious gun running. State Sen. Leland Yee of San Francisco, who was also the frontrunner for California secretary of state, is described in an indictment as taking payment for political favors, bragging about connections to arms purchasers, and calling himself “agnostic” about getting weapons to Muslim and Filipino rebel groups he knew to be violent criminals, as long as he could become secretary of state.

Yee, who railed against gun owners, legal guns, and even violent video games, didn’t object to palling around with a famous gangster named Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow.

Hypocrisy of this magnitude, per- formed with such Tarantinoesque flare, should be as big a story as any social conservative caught in a sex scandal. Yee’s coverage is falling far short of that standard….(read more)

Townhall Magazine

Mary Katharine Ham is editor-at-large of HotAir.com and is a contributing editor for Townhall Magazine.

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