Politico Joins Other Media Outlets Failing to List Jesse Jackson Jr. as Democrat

**UPDATE** Ginger Gibson recently updated her article to include party ID of Jesse Jackson Jr.

In a 615- word article on Politico’s website on February 20, author Ginger Gibson failed to inform her readers that the disgraced former Illinois congressman was a Democrat, a fact that Politico and a growing list of media outlets continue to do.  Instead, Politico simply refers to Jackson as a “[f]ormer Rep.” 

Gibson's article was published just moments after Jackson Jr. pleaded guilty in federal court to charges stemming from the misuse of campaign funds, including spending $43,450 on a gold Rolex watch. 

Rather than finding space to tag Jackson as a Democrat, the article finds plenty of room to include quotes from Jackson and his attorneys supposedly proving jis remorse, hoping to rebuild his public image in the future.  For example, Gibson described Jackson as, “appearing to fight back tears” and he “sniffled as the prosecutor read the charges.” 

The article concludes with a quote from Jackson attorney Reid H. Weingarten:

There will be another chapter in Jesse Jackson’s life.  There will be a chapter that will bring joy to the people he cares about.

 

**UPDATE** Politico's Ginger Gibson feigns ignorance as to why this is a problem.


Jeffrey Meyer
Jeffrey Meyer
Jeffrey Meyer is a News Analyst at the Media Research Center.