Name that party in Ohio!

posted at 11:15 am on December 21, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Glenn Reynolds highlights another instance of Name That Party in a political scandal report, and this time it’s triply egregious.  The AP report on former Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann and his conversion of campaign funds for personal use doesn’t just neglect to mention that Dann is a Democrat — it appears that the AP excised that information from the Columbus Dispatch report that the AP credits for the story.  Given the history of scandals in Ohio and the wide (and warranted) focus on Republican malfeasance in that state, the omission strongly suggests bias.

The AP reported this last night:

Former Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann used his campaign account to bankroll home repairs and family vacations, according to a newspaper review of state investigative reports.

The reports are part of a complaint filed last week with the Ohio Elections Commission by state Inspector General Tom Charles. Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner also filed an elections commission complaint against Dann last week alleging misuse of campaign funds.

The Ohio Elections Commission will address both complaints Jan. 22. And state Auditor Mary Taylor plans Monday to release her own investigation into Dann’s spending.

Dann resigned in May amid a sexual harassment scandal in his office that included his admission that he had an affair with an employee.

Nowhere in this report does the AP use the word “Democrat”.  However, they credit and link back to the Dispatch, which had several reports on this investigation. In each, the Dispatch mentions Dann’s party affiliation, although usually deep in the articles.

What makes this even more egregious than usual is the history of scandal reporting in Ohio.  Dann got elected in 2006, when Ohioans got fed up with ethically-challenged Republicans and their own scandals, which got reported with party affiliation prominently mentioned.  Dann only served a little over a year after his own ethics got called into question, and just this month another prominent Democrat resigned over a political scandal, Helen Jones-Kelley, who abused her power to try to find dirt on “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher.  Where’s the party affiliation now?

Either report party affiliation on all scandals or don’t report them at all.  The Name That Party game seems very one-sided at the AP.


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It is a given. Time to move on.

Jamson64 on December 21, 2008 at 11:16 AM

There is no media bias.

There is no media bias.

There is no media bias.

There is no media bias.

artist on December 21, 2008 at 11:20 AM

No need to use ink spelling out democrat when no one on the left is surprised or cares when democrats do this stuff.
I’m with Jamson64 – time to move on.

JeffinOrlando on December 21, 2008 at 11:21 AM

Politico.com just sent me this:

President-elect Obama’s aides plan to release a report this week absolving incoming chief of staff Rahm Emanuel of any impropriety in his contacts with the disgraced Illinois governor’s office, Democratic sources tell Politico.

Although Politico is responsible enough to mention Rahm’s political party in a sideways manor, they are also using an interesting term to put Blago/Dems/Emmanuel behind them.

Or, doesn’t “absolve” mean “to forgive”… as if there is something wrong to forgive, and junk??

Shivas Irons on December 21, 2008 at 11:27 AM

Look at this way — given the long history of corruption involving the Democratic Party, at all levels, and at all times, it is newsworthy when a Republican is implicated in a scandal.

Mr. D on December 21, 2008 at 11:29 AM

It is a given. Time to move on.

I disagree, although I understand your sentiment. It is not time to move on, it is time to fight back.

It is exactly posts like this one by Ed that needs to be done.

Call the media out.

Call them out on their bias. Call them on their screwups. Call them on their lies.

Demand accountability.

kcarpenter on December 21, 2008 at 11:30 AM

This is the norm for MSM on all fronts. Did anyone notice that the Fox News story on Hiram Monserrate failed to mention he was a democrat?
I guess we should be thankful for the story. eh/

christene on December 21, 2008 at 11:31 AM

It is a given. Time to move on.

Jamson64 on December 21, 2008 at 11:16 AM

Moving on is submission and defeatist. What is given can be taken.

Wade on December 21, 2008 at 11:33 AM

AP = Associated Propagandists

Josiah on December 21, 2008 at 11:33 AM

And Democrats will hear your pain and declare that the fairness doctrine will fix this bias for you.

You heard it here first.

Skywise on December 21, 2008 at 11:38 AM

Headline from yesterdays New York Times:

Scandals to Warm To

On a good note this article covers more than a handful of recent scandals, all of them by Democrats.

On an expected note, the words Democrat or Democratic or Freakin’ Loon are not used to define any of folk discussed.

Oh well.

Shivas Irons on December 21, 2008 at 11:39 AM

Mr Dann has been involved in all kinds of stuff. This is from May of this year and involves just more Democrats and sex scandals. Nothing to see here…move along.

Just A Grunt on December 21, 2008 at 11:39 AM

We had a case in New York the other day where a city councilman smashed a beer bottle in his girlfriend’s face and even the Post ignored the fact he’s a Democrat. It’s getting out of hand.

JammieWearingFool on December 21, 2008 at 11:47 AM

The Obama/Emanuel thing doesn’t require the D-word. Is anyone in this country so stupid that they don’t know Obama’s party? That one I’ll give them.

But as for the rest, I guess the AP must think we think it’s a given that New York City councilmen are Dems. And Ohio Attorneys General. And, hm, New York governors, and New York Lieutenant governers, and New Jersey politicians and governors of Illinois and… yeah. It’s a given. We just assume they’re all Dems, right? Right?

Meryl Yourish on December 21, 2008 at 11:51 AM

The Obama/Emanuel thing doesn’t require the D-word. Is anyone in this country so stupid that they don’t know Obama’s party?

Meryl Yourish on December 21, 2008 at 11:51 AM

Even money, considering the intellectual wherewithal of a lot of Obama voters.

ddrintn on December 21, 2008 at 12:10 PM

So what? A news savvy reader expects that from the AP. I mean, it is the AP.

THE AP! The liberal news organization that supports terrorists who shield themselves with women, and supports liberals inside of America, not that there is much difference between the 2.

DannoJyd on December 21, 2008 at 12:12 PM

This is an even bigger scandal than it appears. There’s a guy involved by the name of Leo Jennings. He was a “consultant” on Dann’s payroll, and a townhouse roomate of Dann’s, during all the steamy sexual affairs with the AG office interns.

Well, turns out Jennings was also a “paid consultant” with the Ohio Obama Campaign group, Ohio Progress.

Jennings was forced to resign by the sexual affair cover-up.

This thing could go all the way up to the top, and ensnare Ted Strickland himself.

ericdondero on December 21, 2008 at 12:17 PM

Both parties are entirely interchangeable. Playing the Democrats vs the Republicans is an exercise in futility.

angelat0763 on December 21, 2008 at 12:36 PM

Hey, here’s a thought–any of you guys able to talk to someone at the AP and ask about why they do what they do? I’m sure you won’t get a straight answer, but specifics and names might be more interesting than the vague, monolithic “AP”.

Chap on December 21, 2008 at 12:45 PM

Way to go, Chap! I think I saw or heard interviews with AP people on Fox News, the Armed Forces Network and the BBC and (if they appear) they will just reinforce your worst suspicions and fears. One character shown on Fox went beyond demonstrating liberal prejudices. He was a hateful little punk who just justified some rotten information he had sent. BBC ran some commentary from the same organization after being accused of being America bashers. Ha. Their Euro morons actually looked good in comparison.

But…

Try to get AP guys on film.

IlikedAUH2O on December 21, 2008 at 1:01 PM

Talk to the management of AP, sorry I can’t make long distance calls to Cuba, Venezuela, Iran and Gaza.

eaglewingz08 on December 21, 2008 at 1:10 PM

I disagree, although I understand your sentiment. It is not time to move on, it is time to fight back.

It is exactly posts like this one by Ed that needs to be done.

Call the media out.

Call them out on their bias. Call them on their screwups. Call them on their lies.

Demand accountability.

kcarpenter on December 21, 2008 at 11:30 AM

This is an excellent comment. I live in Ohio, and Dann is an absolute lowlife. He and other lowlifes need to be identified, need to have their party affiliation highlighted, and then need to be ridiculed. Draw a big red circle around them, their picture, and their conduct, and then file it away.

To ignore these matters concedes the cumulative weight of the unacceptable conduct.

Hang ‘em, and hang ‘em high.

BuckeyeSam on December 21, 2008 at 1:13 PM

If we just move on. Then, we are acting like the DemocRATS! Ignore all. I get fed up with this dirty crap, and not saying when a DemocRAT is involved. So, can see that point. We must not over look when there is the Media, not saying important tiny bits. There has always been good and bad on both sides. I just feel that there are worse on the DemocRat side. Almost all the (D)’s are rotten.

sheebe on December 21, 2008 at 1:14 PM

Exactly right Ed. The so called “free press” is biased, no doubt about it. They should declare their allegiance to the democrap party up front or quit the news business and just sell used cars.

Zorro on December 21, 2008 at 1:23 PM

Given the history of scandals in Ohio and the wide (and warranted) focus on Republican malfeasance in that state, the omission strongly suggests bias.

No, it does not.

It suggests advocacy.

The role of an advocate is to present a scrupulously one sided case and ignore facts that would damage your argument.

A media outlet that plays “Name that Party” is not reporting news, it is advocating a political position by through the willful and concisious ommission of information

Bruno Strozek on December 21, 2008 at 1:24 PM

AP style sheet:

If s/he’s a Republican, include that fact in every paragraph.

If s/he’s a Democrat, then make no mention of it at all in the article.

What bias?

Mojave Mark on December 21, 2008 at 1:41 PM

Par for the course for the absolutely worthless, corrupt and incompetent Democrat Party and their propaganda wing, the MSM.

Cancel your newspaper subscriptions. Strangle the MSM.

NoDonkey on December 21, 2008 at 1:43 PM

What is Brunner trying to do, redeem herself?

Done That on December 21, 2008 at 1:50 PM

No byline. Let me guess . . . Glen Johnson?

That is his modus operandi.

Trochilus on December 21, 2008 at 2:11 PM

Lucky for Brunner, she too possesses the Democratic powers of self-redemption/absolution. She declared the Ohio election “free, fair, open and honest” on Nov 6 in an e-mail from her 2010 re-election campaign committee – not from the secretary of state’s office! See http://tinyurl.com/6nerxt

Time to move on…

mbo213 on December 21, 2008 at 3:43 PM

Meryl Yourish on December 21, 2008 at 11:51 AM

Obama is above political parties. He transcends petty partisanship. As Brucie Kibbutz says often in Grand Theft Auto IV, he’s genetically superior. I mean, would you try to put Jesus in a political party? Of course not.
Know the O, bro! Know the O!!

Sorry, that last espresso brownie may have been one too many.

austinnelly on December 21, 2008 at 4:06 PM

Regarding my suspicion, expressed above (December 21, 2008 at 2:11 PM), that this byline-less story could possibly have been by Glen Johnson, below is proof that forgetting to mention the political party of newsworthy miscreants of the Democrat persuasion is indeed a favored modus operandi of Johnson.

Catch this tag by Tom Blumer at Newsbusters about Johnson’s very recent story about corruption swirling around the Massachusetts House Speaker, Salvatore DiMasi. Blumer lists those Democrats mentioned but NOT identified as Democrats in Johnson’s story, beginning with DiMasi.

That would be the AP’s Glen Johnson of the fawning over the “regal” Hillary Clinton society. Captain Ed captured the barf-worthiness of that story at the time.

The guessing game — name that party — continues apace!

Trochilus on December 21, 2008 at 4:21 PM

Moving on is submission and defeatist. What is given can be taken.

Wade on December 21, 2008 at 11:33 AM

And you sound like a child not seeing the reality that has been since I was alive. Best we move forward with our agenda regardless of the media than whine. Sheesh grow up.

Jamson64 on December 21, 2008 at 4:50 PM

This is the norm for MSM on all fronts. Did anyone notice that the Fox News story on Hiram Monserrate failed to mention he was a democrat?
I guess we should be thankful for the story. eh/

christene on December 21, 2008 at 11:31 AM

Take a look on FoxNews and you will see either an AP byline or a comment at the bottom that states AP provided content for the story. From what I can tell, very little content on the FoxNews website is exclusively FoxNews content, most of it comes from AP and they dutifully reproduce the headline, body, and propaganda of the AP piece.

My supposition anymore is to assume that whenever a story is written about a scandal, if the party affiliation is not mentioned, the miscreant is a Democrat. We all need to start propagating that information to friends, relatives and acquaintances. If the AP won’t do it, we can.

As far as the comment about moving on, we need to not just cover this over like good cats, we need to loudly publicize and expose this kind of behavior. Remember 49% of US voters (I’m allowing 3% for fraud and ballot-box stuffing) voted for Obama. The only way I can see that the bulk of these useful idiots voters voted for Obama is that they were exposed to the MSM exclusively for their “news” sources. Watching the MSM, who would not see Obama as the superior candidate? The fact is that more needs to be done to sensitize the American people about the real, documentable bias in the media. Exposing more people to examples such as this helps to do that.

AZfederalist on December 21, 2008 at 5:04 PM

Hey BuckeyeSam, how about helping to rebuild the GOP in Ohio? I grew up in Ohio, and on election day, I was one of the New York lawyers who were in Cleveland monitoring for election fraud. The Ohio GOP needs Ohio Republicans to stand up and come alive.

Phil Byler on December 21, 2008 at 6:33 PM

Hey BuckeyeSam, how about helping to rebuild the GOP in Ohio? I grew up in Ohio, and on election day, I was one of the New York lawyers who were in Cleveland monitoring for election fraud. The Ohio GOP needs Ohio Republicans to stand up and come alive.

Phil Byler on December 21, 2008 at 6:33 PM

Well you have to understand the rise and fall of the Ohio GOP.

Once upon a time there was a guy named Jim Rhodes(R) from SE Ohio and he was villified for Kent State ….he begat Dick Celeste (d), during this period of time the Cleveland old “Ohio Gang’s kids and grandkids” ran our party, BUT then in the late 70s to mid 80s a funny thing happened the state GOP’s spiritual center moved from Chicago on the Cuyahoga to Cincy and SW Ohio and all was good….we used revulsion at the deep corruption that Celeste engaged in to get George “tears on the Senate floor at Bolton” Voinovich elected to replace him.

The mistake we made as a aprty was in allowing Voinovich to empower the Cleveland gang he was from as Rhodes’ second Lt. Gov….

this sent Bob Taft into power with Nancy Hollister as his front man….Governor Hollister lost a tight race to the guy who replaced Bob Taft as governor and Taft was so dirty he allowed people to forget how dirty the donks are….

Governor Strickland is pushing the envelope early into his reign however with the ACORN antics he allowed unvommented upon and the attempted snowjob on the whole Joe the Plumber gate….

*luckily* Strickland can rely on a heavily leftoid Ohio press to run as much cover as they can.

sven10077 on December 21, 2008 at 7:29 PM

Call the media out.

Call them out on their bias. Call them on their screwups. Call them on their lies.

Demand accountability.

kcarpenter on December 21, 2008 at 11:30 AM

Okay.

Do you have the media’s phone number so I can call them out?

fossten on December 21, 2008 at 7:35 PM

Once upon a time there was a guy named Jim Rhodes(R) from SE Ohio and he was villified for Kent State ….he begat Dick Celeste (d),

sven10077 on December 21, 2008 at 7:29 PM

Just a bit of supplemental history:

Before Jim Rhodes “begat” Dick Celeste, he begat John Gilligan(D) (who quite literally begat daughter, and KS Gov., Kathleen Sebelius). Gilligan’s most notable “achievement” may well have been championing a mental health “bill of rights,” the most visible effect of which was to liberate vast numbers of mentally ill patients from Ohio institutions to dwell happily (if helplessly and homelessly) on Ohio’s streets.

After laying out one term, Rhodes successfully challenged the Ohio Constitution’s two-term gubernatorial limit (the Ohio Supremes interpreted the limit to mean two consecutive terms) and Gilligan, returning to the Statehouse for two more terms beginning in 1975.

Barnestormer on December 21, 2008 at 8:47 PM

Look at this way — given the long history of corruption involving the Democratic Party, at all levels, and at all times, it is newsworthy when a Republican is implicated in a scandal.

Mr. D on December 21, 2008 at 11:29 AM

Actually, the media has made a very similar argument before. Namely, since the Left doesn’t have any moral values, it isn’t a big deal when member of the Left do something like cheat on their spouses, taxes, etc.

Of course this isn’t true, the Left’s moral views are somewhat odd, but they do most certainly exist – restrain “sexist” views, reduce/recycle/reuse, etc.

It would be intriguing to see a media that would go after Bill Clinton for seducing an underling or Al Gore for being an energy hog.

18-1 on December 21, 2008 at 8:54 PM

Regarding the lack of a by line on the story, it seems the AP is having union troubles of their own and so some of their reporters are refusing to put their names on the by line.
Whatever….

Just A Grunt on December 21, 2008 at 9:36 PM

the omission strongly suggests bias

Excuse me? Now you have gone too far, sir!!

Grafted on December 21, 2008 at 9:42 PM

all these concerns about democrats is so over the top…..everyone needs to just move along to more important issues

maybe we could start a club

how about http://www.movealong.com

yeah, thats the ticket

Dpet on December 22, 2008 at 7:49 AM

… the omission strongly suggests clearly demonstrates bias.

Fixed it for ya, Ed.

UltimateBob on December 22, 2008 at 11:32 AM