Priorities: Politico Buries Senator Leland Yee’s Arms Trafficking Scandal

My only complaint about‘s fixation with‘s news coverage is its assumption that anyone thinks Politico is relevant in the first place. A search in’s site reveals 9,240 references to Politico. 9,240, really?

Leland-Yee-jolly-tim-bartel-flickr‘s Warner Todd Huston writes: The world of political news was captivated by Thursday’s report of the arrest for gun trafficking of a famously anti-gun California state senator. Yet while most other news outlets reported the incident, Politico, an outlet that supposedly leads the nation in political news, didn’t post a single story on the incident the day the news broke.

“The story is quite a shocking one, too. During an investigation, Yee is accused of telling an undercover FBI agent that he would spend as much as $2.5 million on automatic, “shoulder-fired” weapons…”

This is the same Politico that managed to publish 90 separate stories on the Herman Cain sexual harassment scandal when it broke – within six days.

California State Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) made a name for himself by becoming one of the most virulently anti-gun legislators in a state filled with anti-gun legislators. On March 27, news broke that Yee had been arrested for corruption the day before. He wasn’t just arrested for run-of-the-mill corruption, either. He was arrested under charges of attempting to actually supply guns to local gangs.

Now, one would think that this would be big, big political news… Read the rest of this entry »