Name That Party: MSNBC's Jansing, Roberts Note Jesse Jackson Jr. Guilty Plea, Omit Party Label

Twenty minutes into her February 20 Jansing & Co. program, MSNBC anchor Chris Jansing noted that former Illinois Democrat Jesse Jackson was entering a federal courtroom later that hour to plead guilty to campaign finance violations. Only Jansing left out the part about Jackson being a Democrat.

What's more, while Jansing noted that Jackson's wife Sandi was answering charges of filing false tax returns, she failed to note that Sandi Jackson, also a Democrat, resigned her seat as Chicago city alderman in January.


CHRIS JANSING, anchor: This hour, former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. Is expected to enter a guilty plea in federal court. Jackson is charged with illegally spending $750,000 of campaign money. Buying things like Michael Jackson memorabilia. His wife will appear in the same court this afternoon, charged as a co-conspirator. She is accused of filing false tax returns."

Nearly and hour and a half later, MSNBC's Thomas Roberts aired video of Jackson and his wife leaving the federal courthouse in Washington, D.C., followed by a statement by one of his attorneys, Reid Weingarten. At no point during this brief segment, however, did Roberts mention Jackson's party affiliation.

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