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

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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.

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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.

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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. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feds to File New Charges Against Leland Yee

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For Breitbart.com, William Bigelow reports:  California State Senator Leland Yee, who has been charged with wire fraud and conspiring to import firearms, may be facing new charges from the federal government.

Although U.S. Attorney Susan Badger said that the government “is anxious to start discovery,” the government stated that there will be additional charges in a superseding indictment. Senior U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer gave the government until July to file the charges.

Without naming names, the government stated, “Of particular note, the government is continuing to pursue its investigation of RICO violations as well as additional substantive criminal violations.”

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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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BREAKING: After Two Weeks, Leland Yee’s Criminal Charges Discovered by CNN

 (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Leland Yee needed cash. CNN needed credibility. Somehow, both lost their way.

(Is LeLand Yee a Democrat? You won’t find out until the fourth paragraph)

CNN‘s Matt Smith and Jason Carroll hot on the sceneFirst, the ambitious California state senator had to fund his 2011 race for mayor of San Francisco. When he came in fifth, he was stuck with $70,000 in campaign debt that he had to retire before he could mount his next run, for secretary of state — a costly statewide venture.

[PHOTOS] Going in Heavy: The Leland Yee Scandal Weapons Cache You Want To See

And that’s how prosecutors say Yee ended up sitting across from an undercover federal agent in a coffee shop in early March, brokering what he was told was a $2 million arms deal that would include the purchase of shoulder-fired missiles from Islamic rebels in the Philippines.

CNN Discovers Leland Yee Arrest Two Weeks Later

“Do I think we can make some money? I think we can make some money,” Yee told the agent in a conversation recounted in a 137-page arrest affidavit. “Do I think we can get the goods? I think we can get the goods.”

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Associated Press

The veteran Democrat, an advocate for gun control and campaign finance reform in Sacramento, is now one of about two dozen people charged in a sprawling racketeering case brought by the U.S. attorney’s office in San Francisco. His co-defendants include a former San Francisco school board president and a previously-convicted Chinatown mobster dubbed “Shrimp Boy.”

Inside the Chinatown Gang That Lured Leland Yee into Arms Trafficking

He’s accused of putting his public office up for sale, and promising to push donors’ agendas in Sacramento and in his district in exchange for contributions. The allegations have stunned his constituents in San Francisco and its suburbs and cast a shadow over his state Senate colleagues, who have suspended Yee and two other Democrats who have run afoul of the law in recent months. Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] Anti-Gun Senator Leland Yee: ‘The Laws He Was Pushing Pale in Comparison to The Laws He Was Breaking’

NRA News‘ Ginny Simone reports the story the way CNN should have

California State Senator Leland Yee, a leading gun-control activist, was arrested March 26 in an FBI sting and charged with conspiring to traffic in firearms and public corruption. “This is heavy-duty international arms trafficking with organized crime figures,” says Civil Rights Attorney Chuck Michel. “The laws that he was pushing pale in comparison to the laws that he was breaking.”

From Powerlineblog:

The Leland Yee story is one of the most remarkable in years. A California State Senator, Yee has long been a leading spokesman for gun control–it’s all for the children, you know. A popular politician who represents around one-half of San Francisco, Yee was about to run for Secretary of State when he was arrested for gun running. Specifically, he acted as an intermediary to buy shoulder-fired missiles and automatic weapons from a Muslim terrorist group in the Philippines and import them into the U.S. There were other charges, too; the usual bribery, money laundering, and so on.

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‘Uncle Leland’: Political Ambition and Debt Put California Senator on a Collision Course with FBI in Five-Year Corruption Sting

 CREDIT: ASSOCIATED PRESS

CREDIT: ASSOCIATED PRESS

For MediumErica Perez, Matt Smith and Lance Williams write:  The sun was shining on a brisk January day when Leland Yee took a seat at an undisclosed San Francisco coffee shop. Across from him sat a Cosa Nostra crime boss.For more than two years, the California state senator had been engaged in a frantic quest for campaign cash. Over a steakhouse dinner the previous spring, he’d begun taking envelopes of cash—a risky move for the normally cautious politician. Now he was looking at a much bigger deal, one that could put his financial obstacles behind him in one stroke.

[See also Inside the Chinatown Gang That Lured Leland Yee into Arms Trafficking]

The mobster, who claimed to hail from New Jersey, wanted millions of dollars worth of smuggled firearms: automatic weapons, “shoulder-fired” missiles. Yee, 65, a career politician whose square, earnest face was a fixture in Chinatown, and who was perennially seen stumping for stricter gun control laws in Sacramento, said he was confident he could help. For a fee, the Democrat indicated he could connect the mobster with a high-end arms dealer with contacts in Russia, the Ukraine, “Muslim countries.”

[More VIDEO: Corruption Case: Who is Gangland Dragon Head Raymond ‘Shrimp Boy’ Chow?]

“Do I think we can make some money? I think we can make some money,” Yee said. But the transaction was not for the “faint of heart,” he warned: The last time Yee had dealt with an arms dealer, they were in the Philippines, and Yee was surrounded by bodyguards with machine guns.

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[PHOTOS] Going in Heavy: The Leland Yee Scandal Weapons Cache You Want To See

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The wide-ranging criminal complaint against California State Sen. Leland Yee and many others describes a dark world of deceit and intrigue with high-powered weapons at its core.

Sure, CNN is fraudulently insisting the reason they’re ignoring the scandal is because Yee is not a national figure, even taking to Twitter to mock those who suggests otherwise, while declining to cover the story, dismissing it as not newsworthy. Really? A Democrat who’s a gun-control advocate getting caught in a sting, exposed running guns to Muslim militants is terribly inconvenient, isn’t it?

One would think that any story with the words “Shrimp Boy” in the headline would automatically be impossible to resist. It certainly works for us, here at punditfromanotherplanet, hell, just typing Shrimp Boy  is hard to resist.

It’s the guns and ammo we want to see, right? You know you want to see the hardware. Well, today’s your lucky day. Leave it to Popular Mechanics to show us who’s packing what, in the scandal of Leland Yee. A few samples for your viewing. Check out Popular Mechanics to see the rest of their photo series.

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Dragonmaster Chow’s Choice

The FBI accuses 54-year-old Kwok Sheung Chow of leading the Chee Kung Tong (CKT) criminal group. (The bureau tapped the ceremony swearing him in as the Dragonhead of the group.) The criminal complaint paints him as a leader who wants his organization to be seen as legit, but who keeps a direct hand in some of the felonious operations that ensnared other CKT-affiliated players, including State Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco), a gun control advocate caught on FBI recordings brokering arms deals and accepting money to pass legislation. Chow is the person who introduced Keith Jackson, the senator’s political operative, to the undercover FBI agents. (read more)

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Tavor Assault Rifle

On March 11, 2014, Yee met with political consultant Keith Jackson (more on him soon) and Wilson Lim, who claimed to have a relative in the Philippines military who could steal weapons and was supposedly selling the military gear to Islamic rebels in Mindanao. An FBI undercover employee (UCE 4599) also in attendance asked Lim what kinds of weapons he could get. “Lim told UCE 4599 the Israeli-made Tavor assault rifle was very common in the Philippines,” the affidavit says. “Lim described the Tavor as being the equivalent of the M16 assault rifle.”  Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] Gun-Trafficking Senator Update: Leland Yee Appears in Court, Bail Kept at $500,000, Plans to Plead Not Guilty

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SAN FRANCISCO — Suspended State Sen. Leland Yee appeared briefly in federal court in San Francisco Monday and was told that his bail will remain at $500,000 while he awaits a trial on corruption and gun trafficking charges.

“Yee is also accused of a seventh charge of trafficking in firearms without a license, in connection with an alleged proposal to ship guns to a Muslim rebel group in the Philippines. The alleged plan was discussed with an undercover agent who was posing a Mafia member.”

Yee, 65, wearing a dark gray business suit and white shirt, said nothing during the appearance before U.S. Magistrate Nathaniel Cousins.

Taiwanese Animators do their worst, in this YouTube video

Cousins ordered him to return to court on April 8 for either an arraignment on a possible grand jury indictment or, if no indictment is issued, a preliminary hearing on a criminal complaint filed by federal prosecutors last week.

Outside of court, Yee’s attorney, Paul DeMeester, said he expects an indictment and said Yee will plead not guilty.

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CNN: Blowing Smoke

Jeff Zucker Named New Chief Executive At CNN

Shameless. Breitbart has coverage:

CNN dismissed complaints that the network was not covering last week’s shocking arrest of Democrat Leland Yee, the California state senator who was arrested for alleged arms trafficking and bribery, and falsely asserted that it does not give attention to state senators.

That standard did not apply to Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, whom CNN covered relentlessly. This was long before she even considered a gubernatorial run after filibustering a bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks and make those conducted before then safer.

Viewers and readers on Friday complained that the network, just like Politico, was not reporting or discussing Yee’s scandal online, and the official and verified @CNNWriters account tweeted to one critic that ignoring Yee’s arrest was standard practice. (read more here)

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Inside the Chinatown Gang That Lured Leland Yee into Arms Trafficking

Chow-Tub-apAWR Hawkins reports: California state Senator Leland Yee (D), who was indicted on charges of arms trafficking and public corruption, was allegedly lured into these crimes by a gang led by Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, described as “the dragonhead” for “one of the most powerful Asian gangs in America.”

According to the Associated Press, Chow’s gang allegedly “lured state Sen. Leland Yee into its clutches through money and campaign contributions in exchange for legislative help.” The offers of money came at a time when Yee sought to amass the finances necessary to launch a campaign to become California’s secretary of state.

“…he ran prostitution rings, smuggled drugs, and extorted thousands of dollars from business owners in the 1980s.”

Chow was born in Hong Kong in 1960. He moved to the United States at age 16, dropped out of high school, and “rose within the ranks of the local Hop Sing Tong after he and his crew survived a 1977 shooting at a Chinatown restaurant that left five dead and about a dozen injured.” Read the rest of this entry »


Mainstream Media Runs Away from Democratic Chinatown Gangster/Gun-Controller Story

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Was it Andrew Breitbart who coined “Democrat Media Complex“? [See James Taranto’s October 2009 article] When I first heard it I thought it was funny in a combative, mock-paranoid, anti-establishment, new media champion sort of way. Now I realize, it wasn’t meant to be funny. Jonah Goldberg’s column is about the lack of coverage (see below)  We promise to cover Leland Lee abundantly in the coming weeks.

Alec Torres has an item at The Corner:

Leland Yee should be making national headlines…arrested on Wednesday by the Justice Department for wire fraud, corruption, and his alleged involvement in illegal gun deal between Chinatown gangsters and Islamist militants.

“Being a Democrat — even (or perhaps especially) a disgraced Democrat — comes with a lot of perks.”

And while he has been trying to put automatic weapons and shoulder-fired missile launchers into the hands of criminals, Yee was also an extremely vocal gun-control advocate whose mission was to take guns away from law-abiding citizens.

“The New York Times offered only one blurb of less than 200 words on Yee’s corruption charges.”

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Leland Yee, the Kochs, and the Press

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Jonah Goldberg writes:  Leland Yee, a Democratic state senator and candidate for secretary of state in California, has been a longtime champion of gun control. This week he was arrested on numerous charges, including conspiracy to deal firearms without a license and conspiracy to illegally transport firearms. Yee, a prominent foe of assault weapons, allegedly took bribes to set up a meeting between an undercover agent and an international arms dealer to broker the sale of automatic weapons and shoulder-fired missiles. A lengthy FBI affidavit also describes Yee’s ties to a Chinese triad and his desire to help out Islamist militants.

In short, the story makes for what journalists call “good copy.”

And yet, so far no reporter has raised the possibility that Yee supported tighter restrictions on guns in order to keep gun prices high and his own services in demand. Economist Bruce Yandle popularized the idea of the “Bootleggers and Baptists” coalition. The apocryphal Baptists want to ban alcohol. Bootleggers don’t make much money when liquor can be bought legally at a grocery store or bar. So the bootleggers bankroll the Baptists’ effort to ban booze.

[Jonah’s latest book, The Tyranny of Cliches, is available at Amazon]

Now I sincerely doubt that Yee was that clever. The more likely explanation is that he believes in gun control and he’s a greedy hypocrite (and maybe not too bright either). The fact that gun-control policies are to his advantage is just a happy coincidence.

What’s interesting — and vexing — to me is that this sort of analysis is all the rage when it comes to conservatives and Republicans, and utterly incomprehensible to most journalists when it comes to liberals and Democrats. Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] FBI Sting Reveals San Francisco Chinatown Underworld

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SAN FRANCISCO — Beneath the strings of red paper lanterns and narrow alleyways of the nation’s oldest Chinatown lies a sinister underworld, according to an FBI criminal complaint that has stunned even those familiar with the neighborhood’s history of gambling houses, opium dens and occasional gangland-style murders…(AP)

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[VIDEO] Corruption Case: Who is Gangland Dragon Head Raymond ‘Shrimp Boy’ Chow?

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For the LATimes, Chris Megerian, Richard Winton and Matt Stevens report: The public corruption and arms-trafficking allegations levied against state Sen. Leland Yee on Wednesday may have shocked some, but to those who have kept an eye on the criminal underworld of the San Francisco area, it came as little surprise that the most colorful figure in the indictment was a man authorities say is an ostentatious gangster known as “Shrimp Boy.”

“You could always count on one thing, that he was up to something no good… used to doing things his own way and getting things his own way…. He was always an organizer; he was always a person who was behind the scenes.”

— Ignatius Chinn, former California Department of Justice agent

Raymond Chow, who has been in and out of prison for his roles in the San Francisco Chinatown underworld since the mid-1970s, also identifies himself as the “dragon head” of a Freemason organization that was among several places raided early Wednesday by federal and local law enforcement officials. Also among them was Yee’s three-story home in San Francisco.

All told, 26 people were identified in the complaint as having violated federal statutes. They were accused of participating in a free-ranging criminal ring that dabbled in a spectrum of activity, including illegal marijuana “grows” and a scheme to transport stolen liquor to China. Read the rest of this entry »


Return of the Anti-Chinese League

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Democrats want California’s universities to resurrect an ugly institution. 

Are our boys and girls wrong
In expecting you who make your living
Exclusively off the white race
To stop patronizing Jap laundries.
And thereby assist your fellow men and women
In maintaining the white man’s standard in a white man’s country?

— Placards belonging to the Anti-Jap Laundry League, Calif., 1908

Kevin D. Williamson writes:  California has a long and ugly history of discriminating against Asian Americans. From the Anti-Jap Laundry League, the Anti-Chinese League, the Asiatic Exclusion League, chinese-exclusion-act-posterthe alien land laws, the Anti-Coolie Act . . . the list is long. Much of that discrimination had its origins on the left, with the Ant-Jap Laundry Act, the Asiatic Exclusion Act, and the Anti-Coolie Law being in the main projects of organized labor, which did not like the idea of being made to compete against Asians for work.

New rhetoric, same old bigotry.

And now another group of left-leaning Californians is chafing at the idea of being made to compete with Asian Americans.

The California state legislature was on the verge of approving a referendum to restore the consideration of race and ethnicity in admissions to state universities. The referendum originally had the support of three state senators who have since had a change of heart: Leland Yee of San Francisco, Ted Lieu of Torrance, and Carol Liu of La Cañada, Democrats all. They changed their minds when they were overwhelmed with telephone calls and e-mails — thousands of them — from angry constituents who know exactly what such affirmative-action programs mean in the context of elite universities: Asian quotas. A petition to cancel the referendum has already been endorsed by 100,000 signatories. Subsequently, the senators sent a letter to the speaker, John Pérez (do I need to note that he’s a Democrat?) seeking to have the measure tabled. The letter reads in part: “As lifelong advocates for the Asian American and other communities, we would never support a policy that we believed would negatively impact our children.”

[See also Affirmative Action Proposal for California Universities that Reintroduces Racial Bias Runs into Asian-American Opposition]

If they mean that, all three of them belong to the wrong political party.

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Affirmative Action Proposal for California Universities that Reintroduces Racial Bias Runs into Asian-American Opposition

Ed Hernandez, left, 2012. (Rich Pedroncelli / AP)

Ed Hernandez, left, 2012. (Rich Pedroncelli / AP)

Katy Murphy and Jessica Calefati report:  legislative push to permit California’s public universities to once again consider race and ethnicity in admissions appears to be on life support after an intense backlash from Asian-American parents who fear it will make it harder for their children to get into good schools.

“As lifelong advocates for the Asian American and other communities, we would never support a policy that webelieved would negatively impact our children.”

— from formal letter to Assembly Speaker John Perez

Leland Yee, 2011. (Dan Honda/Staff) ( Dan Honda )

Leland Yee, 2011. (Dan Honda/Staff) ( Dan Honda )

A planned referendum sailed through the state Senate in January without fanfare on a party-line vote, but three Asian-AmericanDemocrats who initially backed the measure are now calling for it to be “tabled” before the state Assembly has a chance to vote on it — ahighly unusual move. And it seems unlikely to get the two-thirds majority in the Assembly without the support of the five Asian-Americans in the lower house.

Over the last several weeks, the three senators who have had second thoughts about the referendum — Leland Yee, D-San Francisco; Ted Lieu, D-Torrance; and Carol Liu, D- La Cañada/Flintridge — said they have received thousands of calls and emails from fearful constituents who believe that any move to favor other ethnic groups could hurt Asian-Americans, who attend many of the state’s best schools in large numbers. A Change.org petition to kill the referendum now has more than 100,000 signatures, and email listservs for Chinese-American parents have been flooded with angry posts.

I believe every student should have equal access and opportunity to a quality and affordable education.”

— Caucus Chairman Paul Fong, a former teacher

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