Ed Driscoll

Ray Nagin Found Guilty of Corruption; CNN Plays Name That Party

“Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin found guilty of corruption charges,” CNN reports. I’m sure you’re as shocked as I am.

Curiously though, hitting Control-F on the above Webpage detects no use of the word “Democrat” in the actual article; merely in the comments section from readers. As Ace notes today, “They simply refuse to offer party affiliations for convicted Democrats. They flat-out refuse. They just will not do it.” I think it was last month that he suggested a modest proposal to prevent such “unexpected” “accidental” oversights from occurring: append the style guide (such as AP’s version) that news agencies issue to their journalists to require naming the party when an official is found guilty of corruption charges. (I can’t find the exact post; feel free to paste the URL in the comments if you do, and I’ll add an update.)


But they never will — for reasons which are obvious. (Which is why, as Geoffrey Dickens noted last month at Newsbusters, “Don’t Know the Party of a Politician Caught in a Scandal? He’s Probably a Democrat.”)

Oh, and just a reminder, last year, despite what CNN reported in 2005 to gin-up the anti-GOP narrative, DNC Chairwoman Donna Brazile reminded their audience, “Bush came through on Katrina” — all the more remarkable after the “Mayor Ray Nagin Memorial Motor Pool” remained stalled due to its namesake’s incompetence.

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