ABCNews.com: New Kwame Kilpatrick Text Messages, Still No Party Label

Kwame Kilpatrick | AP photo by J. Scott ApplewhiteFour, count them, four ABCNews.com reporters hacked out a three-page April 30 article for the alphabet network's Web site that dealt with new steamy text messages between Democratic Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his then-chief-of-staff Christine Beatty. Kilpatrick, indicted on twelve criminal counts including perjury and obstruction of justice, could see time in prison thanks to these text messages which would prove he lied under oath about his affair with Beatty.

Here's how the Kwame Quartet of Vicki Mabrey, David W. Scott, Mary-Claude Foster and Katie Escherich opened their story:

More steamy text messages sent between Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his former chief of staff reveal intimate details about their relationship, and further indicate the mayor played a part in the dismissal of a police officer whose lawsuit brought their affair to light.

In the newly released messages, sent between 2002 and 2003, Kilpatrick and Christine Beatty discussed their sexual encounters, their romantic feelings and the possibility of marriage, often using the n-word to refer to one another. Kilpatrick and Beatty, both 37, were married with children at the time of the affair.

So these new texts are strong evidence of corruption, abuse of power, adultery, and the gratuitous use of the N-word. So surely Kilpatrick's political party affiliation will be mentioned in the article, right? Wrong. Not once in the article was the relevant D-word mentioned in the 50-paragraph article.

For more NewsBusters coverage of the MSM ignoring Kilpatrick's party affiliation, click here.

AP photo of Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick (D-Detroit) by J. Scott Applewhite via ABCNews.com. Photo accompanies the article, "Text From Mayor to Chief of Staff: 'I Love You.'"

Original caption: "Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick testifies before the House Committee on Natural Resources on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008. Kilpatrick's testimony concerns two bills that would pave the way for new casinos in southeast Michigan by two Upper Peninsula Indian tribes."

Ken Shepherd
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