Yesterday gave us all a cause for celebration. The Los Angeles County District Attorney brought accountability to the city of Bell, a low-income enclave in the eastern side of LA, as eight city officials got arrested for corruption. This comes after the LA Times exposed the enormous salaries that these civil servants carved out for themselves in a city where the average household income is below $30,000 per year — a scandal that had Bell residents in the streets demanding justice.
As NewsBusters points out, party affiliation is evidently not part of the story:
Today, eight city council members were arrested in Bell, California for what Los Angeles County District Attorney labeled “corruption on steroids.” Thus far, every major news outlet that has reported on the story has omitted the fact that all eight individuals arrested are Democrats.
These glaring omissions come only weeks after NewsBusters reported that of the 351 stories on the then-brewing controversy, 350 had omitted party affiliations, and one had mentioned they were Democrats only in apologizing for not doing so sooner.
ABC, CBS, the Los Angeles Times, the Associated Press, Bloomberg, USA Today, CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and the San Francisco Chronicle all reported on the arrests today without mentioning party affiliations.