Let’s Compare Media Coverage of Vance McAllister and Leland Yee

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Saturation coverage of Republican Vance McAllister planting a Republican kiss on his Republican aide in Republican scandal

 writes:  Back when Democrats were rocked by an incredible spree of arrests over the course of just a few days, much was made of the media’s adamant refusal to disclose some of their party affiliations, especially when reporting on the arrest of Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon by the FBI in a corruption sting.  Somehow numerous local and national media reports just plumb forgot to mention which party Cannon belonged to… which is especially odd, since the FBI recorded him making efforts to sell his close access to President Barack Obama.

And when it came to the absolutely astounding saga of California Democrat Leland Yee, perhaps the juiciest political story in years – a loudmouth gun-control advocate of national prominence, a key figure in the crusade to ban violent videogames, and a strong contender for California Secretary of State busted forconspiring with Chinese gangsters to sell machine guns and rocket launchers – CNN famously refused to report on the story at all.

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Hammered by critics for their refusal to so much as speak Leland Yee’s name, the network insisted his was a local story of no great significance.  They even tried claiming they never report on the doings of state senators, a claim immediately blasted into a million pieces by citations of them running dozens of such reports over the years.

Update: Hey, what do you know?  CNN.com just ran its very first story on Leland Yee, whose unbelievable story broke a week ago.  So after a week of insisting they don’t run news stories on state senators, they suddenly decided to post something on this one.  His party affiliation is disclosed… drum roll, please… in the fourth paragraph of the story.

Well, now we’ve got Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA) caught on video passionately smooching one of his aides.  Good news: they’re married.  Bad news: they’re married to other people.  Let’s see how our scrupulously fair and balanced media handled the disclosure of McAllister’s party affiliation, shall we?

TIME: First word in the story is “Republican,” right in the boldfaced sub-heading.  It’s also the second word in the story itself.

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