BBC editors were clearly concerned that their coverage of Christine O’Donnell’s youthful activities wasn’t getting the traffic they hoped, and so for much of yesterday and this morning this was the main news story on the BBC.co.uk front page (h/t Cassandra):
Meanwhile, yesterday evening this story appeared on the BBC’s website:
Eight people, including the mayor and ex-city manager, have been arrested after a probe into excessive local government pay in Bell, California.
There was outrage earlier this summer after it was revealed that the city manager was being paid almost $800,000 (£500,000).
The others arrested were former and current council members.
The investigation has looked into allegations of voter fraud, corruption, and misuse of public funds.
In July the Orange County Register apologised to its readers when it too had failed to identify the party ties of those in the scandal:
In the wake of the Bell salary scandal, our readers noticed one part of the story has been left out by virtually all media sources, including our related editorials and columns: the political party affiliations of the five city council members who not only failed to protect city coffers, but participated in what amounts to shameless, if apparently legal, self-dealing.
All five council members are members of the Democratic Party.
In its defence the Register claimed that Bell voters are represented only by Democrats “in every level of government” but conceded that wasn’t a good enough excuse for ignoring the fact. A local paper thinks it’s wrong not to mention that these were Democrats, but for some reason the BBC – with its worldwide audience unaware of the local political scene – thinks differently.
Would the Beeb have neglected to point out Republican Party membership in similar circumstances? Of course not – it would have been the main thrust of the story. But with Democrats involved we have to adopt Pravda-reading strategies to figure out the full picture.
And I haven’t seen anything about this on the BBC yet either:
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. directed a major political fund-raiser to offer former Gov. Rod Blagojevich millions of dollars in campaign cash in return for an appointment to the U.S. Senate, sources said the fund-raiser has told federal authorities.
Nothing to see here, move along, might deal with it after the midterms.
I think the BBC needs a bigger gene pool. Better yet, a disinfectant.