Mayor of Trenton, NJ, arrested on corruption charges; media play ‘spot the Democrat’

Tony Mack, mayor of Trenton, N.J., was was arrested Monday on corruption charges following an investigation into an attempted sale of city-owned property for much less than its assessed value. Authorities also accused Mack of accepting more than $119,000 in bribes. Also charged in the FBI sting operation were Mack’s brother, Ralphiel, and business associate Joseph A. Giorgianni. noted that CNN’s story on the arrest mentioned Mack’s Democratic party affiliation in paragraph 18 of a 19-paragraph story.

A Reuters story on the arrest mentions Mack’s party affiliation in the 22nd and final paragraph. A 31-paragraph piece written for the Times of Trenton contains no reference to Mack’s party, nor do articles published by the New York Daily News and the Los Angeles Times. Twitter users were happy to fill in the blanks.

  • Kevin Post

    NYT makes no mention of party either

  • PennyRobinsonFanClub

    . If he was a Rep. that would have been lead…”
    You effin kiddin me? “Republican” woulda been the first WORD!

    • TomJB

      In the headline, font size limited only by the width of the paper.

  • MaddMedic
  • GoSellCrazySomeplaceElse

    The republicans are at it again. That word, you know what I’m talking about…arrested. That’s a “dog whistle”. It’s rasist…and you’re smiling about it.

  • J. Cox

    NYT headline if he was a (R):

    Teabagger, Republican, G.W.Bush supporter, mayor arrested for eating babies and his conservative rightwing nutjob policies to give old people cancer have been thwarted by “Real Journalist”.It has also been discovered that at one time in his life,he made a joke that offended everyone worldwide,except for G.W. Bush.

    • ZoriahShepard

      OMG @J.Cox! I had no idea you moonlighted as a journalist for the MSM!

      • J. Cox

        It is a task I loathe..but it pays well.The requirements are simple.Don’t speak the truth,drink this odd flavored liquid daily(it makes your head spin),and disagree with any rational thoughts proposed by anyone that is not on the list of approved politicians.Profit!lol

  • Paul

    I don’t think this is a conspiracy. I’m pretty sure the media drones identify corrupt Republican politicians to dispel confusion. After all, don’t we all automatically assume a corrupt politician is a Democrat?

  • TocksNedlog

    “All the news that’s fit to slant”