Liberal Bias Displayed While Discsussing "Ethical Dilemma" For Democrats

Now that Nancy Pelosi has promised the most honest, most open, and most ethical Congress in history", the burden is on her to follow through. However, in discussing this, the New York Times still manages to let their liberal bias shine through, and the Fish Wrapper is oh so happy to publish it.

In giving examples of politicians who have been caught up in corruption scandals, they give a few examples:

The current Congress, however, has set a high watermark for corruption scandals. One Republican, Representative Randy Cunningham of California, is in jail and another, Representative Bob Ney of Ohio, is on the way. The former House majority leader, Tom DeLay, resigned under indictment, and the payoff scandal surrounding the lobbyist Jack Abramoff may ensnare others as well. On the Democratic side, Representative William J. Jefferson of Louisiana faces bribery charges.

So they'll toss out a few Republican names, but only mention William Jefferson very briefly. Conveniently, they also choose to leave out any mention of John Murtha and Alcee Hastings, Pelosi's choice for Majority Leader and Chair of the Intelligence Committee respectively. Fortunately, Murtha was crushed by Steny Hoyer in the elections for Majority Leader (althought as I pointed out, he's not exactly the "moderate" he is portrayed as).

Since the article mentioned three Republicans that had been under investigation for ethical lapses, let's take a look at three Democrats that will hold powerful seats in Congress:

  • John Murtha - Caught on video discussing bribes with a supposed Arab sheik as part of the Abscam scandal in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The House ethics panel declined to charge him on a near party line vote (6 to 6), but one Democrat on the panel at the time admits that Murtha lied to him about his involvement.
  • Alcee Hastings - Convicted of bribery and removed from the federal bench in 1988 by a vote of 413 to 3 in the House. However, he was not prohibited from seeking future public office, and he was elected to the House in Florida's 23rd district in 1992.
  • William Jefferson - The FBI conducted a raid on his house and offices and found $90,000 in cash hidden in his freezer. He has been accused of seeking "things of value in return for his performance of official acts".

Now, maybe if we start listing people like this, the story could be considered even handed. But, considering it's the New York Times and the Dead Fish Wrapper, I'm not holding my breath.

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