Media double-standard on display with Nagin corruption coverage

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Yesterday, former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was found guilty of 20 out of 21 counts including bribery and conspiracy. I’m always curious how the mainstream media will cover these stories. Hat tip to Michael Dorstewitz at BizPac Review for collating the “big three” responses.

WORLD NEWS 2/12/14 
[6:42 p.m. EST] GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: And back home, down in New Orleans today, a conviction for the former mayor Ray Nagin. He became a household name in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The face and voice of a city in ruins. But today, Nagin was found guilty of corruption for accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and a family vacation to Hawaii in exchange for lucrative city contracts.

[6:47 p.m. EST] SCOTT PELLEY: Today the former mayor of New Orleans, Ray Nagin, was found guilty of 20 of 21 counts in his corruption trial. Outside court today, Nagin said he’s innocent, but he was convicted of taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and truckloads of granite for his family business from contractors seeking work after Hurricane Katrina. Each count carries a possible penalty of three to 20 years in prison.

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[7:21 p.m. EST] BRIAN WILLIAMS: Ray Nagin, the controversial former mayor of New Orleans who rose to public attention during Hurricane Katrina has been convicted on federal charges of corruption and bribery. Found guilty today of accepting payoffs for city contracts, guilty of 20 of the 21 counts against him, he faces decades in prison now, sentencing date has not yet been announced.

Not one of these reports mentioned Nagin was a Democrat. There was a similar pattern during the episode surrounding former Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. And as a matter of fact, how many of you remember former Louisiana Congressman William “Cold Cash” Jefferson, was a Democrat?

Yet recently we had North Carolina NAACP President Rev. William Barber II referring to black Republican Senator Tim Scott as a “ventriloquist dummy” and black Republicans as “mouthpieces.” Imagine if Nagin had been a black Republican mayor?

Wrong is wrong regardless of who is committing the crime. But it sure seems we have a serious issue with black Democrat corruption. It was Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Ca) who funneled stimulus funds to One United Bank where her husband sat on the Board of Directors. Of course Rep. Waters was rewarded by being elevated to Ranking Member on the House Financial Services Committee. I guess the media missed that.

There is a clear double standard enabled by a complicit liberal media. If you are a black conservative Republican it’s open season, year-round. But if you’re a black Democrat, you have cover, regardless of how corrupt or incompetent you may be. The most obvious example of that resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

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