WashPost Lead: Bush Shunning His Abramoff $6,000, Not Harry Reid Keeping His $47,000

Laura Ingraham's radio show started today (she's back from Brazil) with this media bias nugget: while The Washington Post carries as its front page Abramoff headline "Bush To Give Up $6,000 In Abramoff Contributions," paragraph 17 of Jonathan Weisman's story (well inside the paper Post and on page 2 of the online version) carries the better man-bites-dog angle of this story:

All but three of the 24 politicians giving up the funds are Republicans. The three Democrats -- Sens. Max Baucus (Mont.), Richard J. Durbin (Ill.) and Byron L. Dorgan (N.D.) -- have pledged to shed a total of $97,000 in contributions. A spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) said Reid has no intention of shedding the $47,000 he has received from Abramoff's lobbying team and tribal clients.

"Abramoff was a Republican operative, and this is a Republican scandal," said Reid spokesman Jim Manley. "Any effort by Republicans to drag Democrats into this is doomed to failure."

But wouldn't you say that by keeping your Abramoff client money, you might be leaving yourself open to making the scandal look more bipartisan, eh, Senator Searchlight? Also notice Weisman's labeling, contrasting the "conservative National Review" with the unlabeled Naderites at Public Citizen. You don't have to be the slightest bit fond of Abramoff or his slimy behavior to smell the gleeful imbalance in liberal media coverage.

Tim Graham
Tim Graham
Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis