This is not a new story, and it has been done before, but I am going to keep writing on it until we see some changes.
CNN ran a story Poll: Illinois governor named naughtiest politician of 2008. What's interesting about this article is not what's in it but what is not.
I do not usually repost entire articles but I wanted the readers to see the article in it's entirety to better prove the point. Reading this, can you guess what is missing?
(CNN) -- A new national poll suggests Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich could be on the top of Santa's naughty list.
Fifty-six percent of those questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey released Wednesday said Blagojevich, who has been arrested on corruption charges, was the naughtiest politician in 2008.
Blagojevich, accused of attempting to sell President-elect Barack Obama's former Senate seat, has said he has done nothing wrong and plans to fight the allegations.
The poll also found 23 percent believed former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer should get the nod, followed by 19 percent for former presidential candidate John Edwards.
Spitzer resigned in March after it was revealed he was Client No. 9 in a high-end prostitution ring. In November, prosecutors announced they would not be bringing criminal charges against Spitzer.
Edwards, who had been considered a major contender for the Democratic presidential nomination, admitted in August to having an extramarital affair with former campaign staffer Rielle Hunter. The former North Carolina senator also denied he was the father of Hunter's then-newborn baby.
CNN polling director Keating Holland said while Blagojevich being tops in the survey may be due to the fact his arrest occurred more recently than the transgressions of the others, but he said there may be another reason. iReport.com: Do you trust your political leaders?
"Americans typically take a much dimmer view of corruption than of sex scandals, since the former is a violation of the public trust and the latter is usually considered more of a private matter," he said.
I know my readers are intelligent and therefore know that you have already spotted the missing element, party affiliation of most of the members of this poll. (Hint: they're all Democrats). The only exception is this line who had been considered a major contender for the Democratic presidential nomination, This the only time the word Democrat is mentioned in the entire article. No mention of which party Spitzer or Blagojevich are affiliated with. The one mention, John Edwards, was an after thought. The article never actually called him a Democrat.
Just for fun I researched some articles about other politicians on CNN.com. Let's contrast and compare some articles about Republicans. I have listed the title and link to the article and a short excerpt from each. The differences in reporting on the two parties is subtle, see if you can pick it up.
Contractor gets 12 years for bribing lawmaker
in exchange for the Southern California Republican's help...
Florida closes Foley investigation without charges
Authorities were investigating whether the Florida Republican,...
Sen. Stevens: I'm innocent and not convicted
Despite his felony conviction this week for filing false U.S. Senate financial disclosure forms, Republican Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska insisted he was innocent and vowed not to step down.
Court denies Sen. Craig's effort to withdraw sex-sting plea
The Idaho Republican was arrested in the...
Just for kicks, I included a bonus link. This is a story about former Louisiana Congressman William Jefferson.
Supreme Court rejects appeal in seizure of lawmaker's papers
This is how CNN listed the party affiliation: Rep. William Jefferson, D-Louisiana. This is the only time Mr. William "cold cash" Jefferson is listed as a Democrat in the article.
I want to be perfectly clear, I did not cherry-pick these articles. I did a simple search of the names on the CNN site search engine and randomly picked an article for each. I did not reject articles that did not support my blog, I took the first ones I clicked on. They all consistently reported party affiliation prominently for Republicans and subtly, if at all, for Democrats.
For more of this type of research, this is a good site. Media Research Center