As I’ve noted before one of the advantages of my gym is that its largely liberal membership means that if the TV monitors show a news network it’s almost always CNN or MSNBC.Â So, while I can’t claim to be an expert on its content, I can report what I notice when I’m doing my cardio (and I do try to do lots of cardio).
Now, it was yesterday (or perhaps the day before) when I caught a bit of Rich Sanchez’s show (I’m pretty sure he was he).Â He was “reporting” on some scandals.Â I recognized two of the faces in his little triptych of supposed shame. One was Ann Coulter, the other, Michael Steele, the new chairman of the Republican National Committee
As I wasÂ reading Instapundit this morning, I was reminded of that triptych and wondered who that third person might have been.Â Could it have been a Democrat?Â I mean, just look at all the Democratic scandals Glenn referenced.Â Surely, Sanchez must have reported some Democrats in ethical hot water.
With far fewer resources than CNN, Glenn somehow manages to report regularly on Democratic scandals (and he doesn’t neglect the Republican ones).Â Let’s see, just today we learn about the declining political fortunes of Connecticut’s senior Senator Chris Dodd.Â Has CNN reported the favorable treatment that Democrat got from Countywide, the failed mortgage firm under the purview of the Senate committee he chairs?Â His failure to release the documentation of his mortgage (as he has promised)?
Did they cover the raid of lobbying firms with ties to Pennsylvania Democrat John Murtha (and with links to his Democratic cronies James Moran and Peter Visclosky)?Â The multifaceted tax (& disclosure) problems of Charles Rangel, the Democratic Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee?
And then there are other lingering Democratic scandals, featuring West Virginia Congressman Alan Mollohan, North Dakota Senator Kent Conrad, the Democratic Speaker of the Massachusetts House, mayors and local officials galore.
You can bet if any of these officials had an (R) after their name, CNN would cover the scandal and highlight the (R) like a scarlet letter.Â When CNN does report Democratic scandals, it tends to neglect the corrupt politician’s political affiliation.
And then there’s the matter of Michael Steele.Â It doesn’t seem that there’s much there there, just the allegations of a convicted felon.Â But, if this supposed scandal had featured a Democrat, you can bet CNN (and other MSM outlets) would focus not on the scandal itself, but on how the related documents became public.Â At least how they would let themselves be “spun” by Democratic operatives.
The US Attorney “inadvertently” leaked the confidential documents to The Washington Post.Â If the US Attorney inadvertently leaked documents damaging to a Democrat to a conservative paper, Democrats would be in an uproar, demanding an investigation.Â And CNN would surely lead with that uproar and downplay the contents of the documents.
But, when such documents are damaging to a Republican, it doesn’t matter how they became public.Â To them, it’s a public service to prove Republican are corrupt, but a scandal to reveal that Democrats have ethical lapses.
UPDATE:Â It’s not just CNN.Â Jennifer Rubin observes, “two other congressmen are under investigation, but you have to guess the party affiliation since the New York Times doesn’t tell you.”