CBS, But Not NBC, Notes that L.A. Politician Who Went on Racist Rant Is a Democrat

Scott Whitlock | October 11, 2022
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[See NewsBusters for more.] Kudos to CBS and reporter Mark Strassmann for fairness. Strassmann, on the CBS Evening News and CBS Mornings shows, was the only journalist to repeatedly note that the powerful Los Angeles politician who went on a racist rant is a Democrat. ABC barely noticed it. NBC briefly covered the story on Monday and Tuesday mornings, but made no mention of party affiliation. 

Nury Martinez, who just resigned as the President of the Los Angeles City Council, in a secretly recorded audio tape from 2021, complained abut “the blacks,” the “dark” Koreans and sneered at the child of one council member as a “monkey.”  Journalist love to generalize all Republicans as guilty when there is a comparable scandal. When it’s a Democrat, the party affiliation is often hidden. But credit to CBS’s Strassmann. On Monday’s Evening News, he noted, “On a tape obtained by the L.A. Times, the Democrat talks about the city’s Koreatown.” 

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