Monday, March 24, 2008

Shocker: Reuters Headline Identifies Indicted Detroit Mayor as Democrat

We've recently noted a slew of stories on Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and the media's steadfast refusal to identify him as a Democrat.

So imagine my shock to see a Reuters item today announcing his indictment on federal charges that actually notes his party affiliation in the headline. Not only that, the story dares to mention how his indictment could affect the Democrat presidential race.
Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was charged with perjury, obstruction of justice and official misconduct on Monday, stemming from a sex scandal and the prominent Democrat's handling of an $8.4 million settlement of a whistle-blower lawsuit against the city.

The controversy surrounding the black politician once seen as a rising star in his party has deadlocked city government and could spill over to presidential politics and the issue of how the Democratic Party handles Michigan delegates still being contested by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.
Unfortunately, the rest of the media seems to have ignored his party affiliation.

Nothing from the AP. The Detroit Free Press? Nothing. No mention. No clue.

USA Today. Bingo!
Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick will be prosecuted for perjury in connection with allegations that he lied under oath about an extramarital affair with a top aide, a local prosecutor just announced.

Kym Worthy, the Wayne County prosecuting attorney, says her office filed 12 counts -- including charges of perjury and obstruction of justice -- against the Democrat and his former chief of staff.
This is progress, folks. Two out of five reports actually mentions he's a Democrat.

That's better than the 0% average in recent weeks.

Lawhawk, Don Surber and Ed Morrissey are also playing Name That Party.

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