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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Name That Party - Birmingham Edition

Headline reads: "Larry Langford found guilty on all 60 counts" and the article explains that Birmingham mayor Larry Langford was found guilty of taking about $236,000 in cash and gifts from Montgomery investment banker Bill Blount and lobbyist Al LaPierre which accounted for the 60 bribery related charges. However, the crooked mayor's political party couldn't be fit into the story. We've all seen enough examples to know that means the crook in question is a Democrat. If he were a Republican that fact would likely be part of the headline or at least mentioned prominently in the first or second paragraph. I understand there are space limitations. However, they found room in the story to say they aren't sure if he is 61 or 63 years old. They also found room in the story for the crooked politician to say that all the trial did was interrupt his bible study classes for a couple weeks. Okay, whatever. I have a feeling he will have lots of free time for bible study in his future.

UPDATE: In the interest of fairness I should point out the New York Times reported his political party in their story on the conviction. Now, that is a Believe It Or Not item to send into Ripley's. It took them seven paragraphs to mention it, but let's give credit where credit is due.

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