Also on March 26, California state Sen. Leland Yee, a Democratic candidate for secretary of state, was arrested in San Francisco. A gun-control fanatic, Yee was accused of trafficking guns -- not just automatic weapons but shoulder-fired missiles! NPR covered it days later, with the online title "The Story Of Calif. Senator's Arrest Reads Like Pulp Fiction." Jon Stewart had a field day with it, too.
But the networks? Nothing on CBS and NBC. ABC gave it two sentences on "Good Morning America," no party label: "And a California lawmaker who pushed for gun control has been arrested in a gun trafficking scheme. State Senator Leland Yee is fighting those charges."
Yee is the third Democratic state senator in California in ethical trouble, and the state Senate voted to expel all three. But it's still not newsworthy. Why? Consult a headline from Cathleen Decker in the Los Angeles Times, who sums up the reason for all this bias by omission: "For Democrats, politicians in handcuffs point to image problems." Solution? Don't show them at all.