Derek Hunter

That the mainstream media is biased against Republicans is news only to those who’ve been living in bomb shelters since the 1950s and the Georgetown/Manhattan/Hollywood cocktail set. The former is a fiction, the later only knows those who stray from the mental plantation of liberalism as a fiction. No matter what the case for their denial, media bias is real and cases continue to rack up every day.

No matter the size of the scandal, bias can be easily seen.

When Congressman Mark Foley, a Florida Republican, was caught sending disgusting text messages to Congressional pages, he was rightly forced to resign by Republican Congressional leadership. When the stories were written about it, almost without fail, they cited his party in the first paragraph.

The New York Times story on the resignation started, “In six terms representing a wealthy swath of southern Florida, Representative Mark Foley, a Republican...” Two swipes for the price of one!

Not to be outdone, the Washington Post story read, “Six-term Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) resigned yesterday amid reports that he had sent sexually explicit Internet messages to at least one underage male former page.”

OK, he’s a Republican, and noting that fact in the paragraph read by everyone who glances at the story is valid. But it’s not the norm.

When the Democratic mayor of San Diego, Bob “filthy” Filner, who was forced to resign for groping, grabbing and God knows what else-ing at least 17 women, pled guilty to charges including false imprisonment and battery, you’d need CSI to find his party affiliation anywhere close to his name in the news stories.

The New York Times led paragraph six with, “The deal signals the end of Mr. Filner’s life in elective politics, which included nearly 20 years in Congress and the distinction of being the first Democrat elected mayor here in more than 20 years.”

The Post, running an Associated Press story about Filner, did put his party affiliation in paragraph three, but they omitted his name from the paragraph.

Examples are countless.

But it’s not just on a national scale. Which state-level stories warrant national media coverage expose bias as well.


Derek Hunter

Derek Hunter is Washington, DC based writer, radio host and political strategist. You can also stalk his thoughts 140 characters at a time on Twitter.