A helpful reader writes:
“I am a proud Arizonan who has enjoyed seeing all of the coverage on Mr. Farrell. However you as well as most of the publications that have highlighted his gaff have mistakenly called him Republican. Mr. Farrell as well as his entire farming and school administrating family are long time Dems. Fact checking on that tidbit went unnoticed by several. Funny how the idiots are always Republican through a liberal eye. Eager to see your correction.”
And here it is. I plead guilty to stereotyping, although Mr. Farrell’s central malady, being bewildered by homosexuality, is certainly far more common on the Republican side of the aisle than the Democratic. His other malady—he appears to be an idiot–is not the exclusive characteristic of members of either party. Since I don’t have a “liberal eye,” that is not what led me to misidentify him. I swear, I looked. The news reports I found didn’t give his party, and being reluctant to spend too much time on a vice-mayor, I finally concluded that the odds overwhelmingly favored him being on the Red Team.
I should have looked a little harder and better, obviously, but I am now officially annoyed.
I have noted that conservative websites constantly complain about how the news media always identify corrupt Republicans by party,while misbehaving Democrats often have their party affiliation omitted from news reports. It’s the kind of complaint I try not to get too involved in, as it smacks of the boring “yeah, if this had happened in the Bush administration, the news media would have beaten it like a drum” refrain (true though it may be.) If Republicans are corrupt, they deserve to be flagged, identified and criticized. I doubt that the media’s failing to identify, say, San Diego’s sexual predator ex-mayor Bob Filner as a Democrat helped him or the Democrats very much, if at all. Mostly, the phenomenon confirms the left-wing media bias that Democrats deny so unconvincingly, and makes the news media look as slanted as it is. Both are effects that I am grateful for and that more than compensate for the few lazy readers and viewers who can’t figure out that Weiner, Spitzer, Blagojevich and Yee are Democrats.
This incident, however, has me convinced that I need to be more critical of the news media’s game. It tripped me up, and I pay more than the usual amount of attention. Maybe this is a bigger deal than I thought. Glenn Reynold, of Instapundit, thinks so; in his column this week for U.S.A. Today, he wrote:
“It’s almost as if “what’s news” is just a synonym for “what advances the narrative chosen by the Democratic Party.” The question that “news” operations like CNN may want to ask is, how many people are really interested in getting their news from party organs.”
Perhaps this the time to point out that CNN is still spending most of its airtime talking about the non-developments in the missing Malaysian airline search, and has still not told its audience a peep about California’s gun-running, money laundering—and gun-control supporting!-–State Senator Leland Yee, which is certainly a juicy tale, or would be if he were a Republican. You can bring yourself up to date on Sen. Yee here, here, here, and here.
Did I mention that he is a Democrat?
I shouldn’t have to guess which party an idiotic elected official belongs to, and neither should you. I suppose the only reasonable approach is to assume that if a party isn’t mentioned, the idiot must be a Democrat. The news media isn’t leaving us much choice.