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April 1, 2014 - 11:28 am

The only thing I can do with this Glenn Reynolds column is endorse every single word of it. It is absolutely right.

Yee told an FBI agent that, in exchange for $2 million in cash, he’d fill a shopping list of weapons, which he took personal responsibility for delivering, according to the indictment. He also allegedly “masterminded” a complex scheme bring illegal weapons into the country, agreeing to “facilitate” a meeting with an illegal arms dealer to arrange for the weapons to be imported via Newark, N.J. In arranging all of this, the indictment said, Yee relied on connections with Filipino terrorist groups who could supply “heavy” weapons, including the Muslim terrorists of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. Yee allegedly noted that the Muslim terrorists had no reservations about kidnapping, extortion and murder.

This all sounds like news. You’ve got charges of huge bribes, rampant hypocrisy, illegal weapons and even a connection with foreign terrorists — and from a leading politician in an important state.

But — and here’s the part Hollywood would miss — outside of local media like San Francisco magazine, the coverage was surprisingly muted.The New York Timesburied the story as a one-paragraph Associated Press report on page A21, with the bland dog-bites-man headline, “California: State Senator Accused of Corruption.” This even though Yee was suspended, along with two others, from the California state senate in light of the indictment.

CNN, home (also until last week) of Piers Morgan, whom Yee had praised for his anti-gun activism, didn’t report the story at all. When prodded by viewers, the networksnarked that it doesn’t do state senators. Which is odd, because searching the name of my own state senatorStacey Campfield, turns up a page of results, involving criticisms of him for saying something “extreme”. Meanwhile, CNN found time to bashWisconsin state senator and supporter of Gov. Scott Walker, Randy Hopper over marital problems.

But there’s a difference. They’re Republicans. When Republicans do things that embarrass their party, the national media are happy to take note, even if they’re mere state senators. But when Democrats like Yee get busted for actual felonies, and pretty dramatic ones at that, the press suddenly isn’t interested.

Read the rest.

If he hadn’t been forced out of the race by being arrested, what would Leland Yee have done with the California secretary of state post? There’s a question that no one in the media will even think of pursuing.

CNN’s excuse about not covering mere state senators rings especially hollow to anyone who has watched Texas politics over the past year. Do a site search of state Sen. Wendy Davis and you’ll find a whole lot of CNN stories about a certain state senator.

Here, here, here, here, here, here…just a sample of CNN stories about state Sen. Wendy Davis — Democrat.

In fact, the only reason that Wendy Davis is the Democrat governor nominee in Texas is her adoring media coverage. Absent that, she’s a leftist state senator in a red state who would be fighting just to keep her state senate seat. Without the ridiculous media hype, she would not have even run for governor.

Everyone knows why MSNBC isn’t interested in the Leland Yee story. He’s a Democrat and they’re open leftwingers. But CNN is still supposed to be a news network. They have no excuse for omitting the Yee story. It’s obvious that the only thing stopping them from covering Yee is that, if the charges against him are true, the anti-gun gun-running Democrat is the biggest hypocrite in the political universe. But the likes of CNN are right behind him.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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I have long since accepted the fact that the entire mainstream media is nothing more than another branch of the Democrat's Ministry of Propaganda. I don't even listen to them anymore, let alone believe anything they say.
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They won't report it for the very same reason they refused to report on the entire Gosnell story.

Liberal Agenda. It trumps everything all the time.

If we had a REAL press that still reported the facts, not only would Obama probably not have been elected the first time, let alone the second, but our country would be ENTIRELY different. And for the better.
37 weeks ago
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Why is the media silence about State Senator Yee surprising? They -- the media -- are wholly-owned subsidiaries of the Democratic National Committee, after all.
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Former California Democrat Senator ROD WRIGHT was CONVICTED of voter fraud and perjury. California Democrat, Senator RON CALDERON is currently under investigation for accepting bribes for tax credits for the film industry. Now California Democrat Senator Yee is under investigation. It is really disgusting that there has been very little media coverage and that they've been allowed to continue to draw salaries. They should have to pay back the salary they've been drawing while under investigation if they're convicted. Their punishment should be HARSHER than a normal white collar criminal's because they've grossly betrayed the trust of the people they're supposed to represent.
37 weeks ago
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Unfortunately, this isn't news. The mainstream media (aka the Auxiliary Ministry of Truth) has been like this for decades.
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1. Donks will be donks before they are anything else, including professionals and even Americans. In their eyes, just like Prussia in the 18th and 19th Centuries was "An army that had a state," America is "A political party that had a country."

2. 90%+ of so-called "journalists" in the self-styled "mainstream" media are donks, who in keeping with (1) above see their "job" not as informing their audience but to promote the interests of their party.

3. So why should it come as any surprise that our "journalists" in the "mainstream" media have an allergic reaction to covering the corruption, dishonesty and criminality of the enterprise to which they owe their real allegiance?
37 weeks ago
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Democrats lost America's first Civil War because they enslaved Black people. Democrats are going to lose the second Civil War because they attempted to enslave the rest of us.
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The headline says it all. Unfortunately "bias-shaming" them does nothing. A couple of decades ago - at the latest - the opposition to the left should have done more to arm themselves in the media arms race. The left's message assaults people 24/7 from a variety of sources. The other side can't be bothered to make the effort or spend enough money.
37 weeks ago
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What a shame that apparently no major journalists have the intellectual honesty to admit that the news industry killed itself with its gross leftward partisanship of the last 40 years. As soon as an alternative to the one-sided cant and slanted coverage of the traditional media became available, readers abandoned "old news" in droves.

The "free news killed journalism" meme is a lie perpetrated by partisan activists who are no longer able to control the message, although they still labor like Hercules to do it. If they'd just been honest brokers of facts instead of political hacks consistently plumping for the left they'd still be welcome in our homes. But it was more important to them to see Democrats stay in power and America humbled.
37 weeks ago
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...and we still woudnt know any of this if Sen. Yee had kept his caucus in line for that affirmative action vote. This is a form of payback by Dems against Dems.
37 weeks ago
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Interesting thought. I had been wondering how the Holder corrupted FBI could have actually nailed a dem for corruption, but you have a possible explanation, he dared to abandon the affirmative action caucus, and thus was then fair game.
37 weeks ago
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I can't be the only cold war vet, who is wondering why we even bothered.

We stood against communist imperialism and subversion in our millions for 60 years, only to wake up one morning to find out our entire news media and entertainment culture has been voluntarily subverted. We might as well have the old Soviet propaganda ministry, for all the lack of truth we get.

We won the cold war,.. only to discover our news media and academic statists had not only surrended, they were on the left's payroll. Actively working to destroy the opposition to the hard left's take over of thee dem party, the news, Hollywood.

I keep wondering when Rod Serling will do a voice over,..
37 weeks ago
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I don't recall an armistice signing for the cold war. We didn't win. The commies/death cult just went away to regroup. They have consolidated their power in US govt circles at all levels and are making a run at collective-izing our society. Read The Book. It explains it all in there. We can't win this battle by ourselves.
37 weeks ago
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I would say we won one significant battle, but that battle did not win the war, because as you say international communism is still alive. And now it looks like Putin is trying to restablish the USSR under another name.
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I guess the reality is we defeated the Soviet govrrnment, not communism then.. it was never just one government we were fighting, but an international virus, absorbing and subverting everything they touched.

I just was hoping my kids wouldn't have to fight the same battles we did... that cult has much to answer for..
37 weeks ago
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Kids today have been so indoctrinated that many are using Communist sickle and hammers as avatars in video games and on the internet and creating online groups of Commies. Its really disgusting and quite disturbing...
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What would Yee have done with SecState post? Anyone really know what the current occupant is doing? Bueller?
37 weeks ago
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I have long since accepted the fact that the entire mainstream media is nothing more than another branch of the Democrat's Ministry of Propaganda. I don't even listen to them anymore, let alone believe anything they say.
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