Former Senior Ohio Lawmaker Arrested for Murder of His Estranged Wife, Media Plays 'Guess the Political Party'
A former senior Ohio lawmaker who had served as assistant minority whip in the Ohio legislature was arrested this past weekend for the murder of his estranged wife. He had previously served nine months in state prison for assaulting her in 2014 while a common pleas judge in Cuyahoga County -- a position he had been appointed to by then-Gov. Ted Strickland (D).
But would you ever know that Lance Mason was a Democrat? Not if you relied on the media reporting.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported:
Former Cuyahoga Common Pleas Judge Lance Mason, who spent nine months in prison for beating his then-wife in front of their children, is accused of fatally stabbing the woman Saturday morning at his Shaker Heights home, according to three sources.
Mason was arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the death of his estranged wife, Aisha Fraser Mason, at his home on Chagrin Boulevard near Normandy Road, the sources said [...]
Mason in August 2014 punched his then-wife 20 times and slammed her head against the dashboard of his car five times, breaking her orbital bone.
The couple’s children were in the back of the car when the attack occurred. Mason, who previously served in the state legislature, was a sitting Cuyahoga County judge when the attack happened.
Mason was charged earlier today with felonious assault for crashing into a police cruiser and injuring an officer while leaving the scene of the fatal stabbing.
Despite Mason having served in both the Ohio House and Senate, including a stint in leadership of the House Democrat caucus, there's no mention in the article of his political affiliation.
Mason served two terms in the Ohio House, and was serving a term in the Ohio Senate when he was selected by Democrat Gov. Ted Strickland to fill a seat on the Cuyahoga Court of Common Pleas.
After serving nine months of his two year prison sentence for assaulting his wife, Mason was hired last year by Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson as minority business development administrator in the city's Office of Equal Opportunity. He was fired from that job this past weekend after his arrest on murder charges.
When the story of this weekend's murder went national yesterday, there was also no mention of Mason's deep roots in the Ohio Democrat Party:
It's no surprise that Mason's political affiliation is also missing in international reporting.
Some have taken note of the media's glaring omission in covering the story so far: