Name That Party: Baltimore Mayor Accused of Using Gift Cards Designated for Poor for Herself

<p><a href="/issues-events-groups/media-bias-debate/name-party" target="_blank"><img src="http://media.eyeblast.org/newsbusters/static/2009/09/namethatparty.gif" vspace="3" width="200" align="right" border="0" height="143" hspace="3" /></a>It's time once again for our favorite media parlor game, <a href="/issues-events-groups/media-bias-debate/name-party" target="_blank">&quot;Name That Party!&quot;</a></p><p>The theft trial of Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon (D) began yesterday, but in covering the story, the Baltimore Sun failed to note Dixon's Democratic party affiliation. </p><p>The <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/11/10/AR200911... target="_blank">Washington Post, syndicating the story</a>, also failed to note Dixon's affiliation in their caption to an Associated Press photo of the mayor which reads, &quot;Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon is accused of buying personal items using gift cards donated to her office.&quot;</p><p>The unsigned story by the Sun notes that Dixon is alleged to have practically stolen from her city's poorest residents for her own personal gain:</p><blockquote><!--break--><p>The mayor is accused of buying personal items with at least $1,500 in retail gift cards donated to her office for use by needy families.  </p></blockquote><p>It's bad enough to be charged with theft, but theft that afflicts the poor and disadvantaged is even worse, particularly for a member of a political party that prides itself as the champion of the working poor. Fortunately for Dixon, the Baltimore Sun -- whose motto is &quot;Light for All&quot; -- is perfectly fine with keeping readers unaware of her political affiliation in the dark. </p><p>For the full NewsBusters archive on media bias relating to Sheila Dixon's dealings with the criminal justice system, <a href="/people/sheila-dixon" target="_blank">click here</a>. </p>

Ken Shepherd
Ken Shepherd
Ken Shepherd is the Managing Editor for NewsBusters