Mayor of Trenton, NJ, arrested; media play ‘spot the Democrat’
Tony Mack, mayor of Trenton, N.J., was was arrested Monday on corruption charges following an investigation into an attempted sale of city-owned property for much less than its assessed value. Authorities also accused Mack of accepting more than $119,000 in bribes. Also charged in the FBI sting operation were Mack’s brother, Ralphiel, and business associate Joseph A. Giorgianni.
Breitbart.com noted that CNN’s story on the arrest mentioned Mack’s Democratic party affiliation in paragraph 18 of a 19-paragraph story.
CNN Identifies Arrested NJ Mayor as Democrat on 18th Paragraph: Tony Mack (pictured above), the Democratic mayor… http://t.co/QIPo19di
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) September 11, 2012
A Reuters story on the arrest mentions Mack’s party affiliation in the 22nd and final paragraph. A 31-paragraph piece written for the Times of Trenton contains no reference to Mack’s party, nor do articles published by the New York Daily News and the Los Angeles Times. Twitter users were happy to fill in the blanks.
NAME THAT PARTY: Trenton NJ Mayor Tony Mack arrested for obstructing commerce by extortion, corruption — http://t.co/FCa70EPb
— Hardline Stance (@Hardline_Stance) September 11, 2012
— olliander (@ollieblog) September 10, 2012
— Steve Mona (@nkslider) September 10, 2012
— Lupe4Lopez (@lupe4lopez) September 11, 2012
— Tony A. Phyrillas (@TonyPhyrillas) September 10, 2012
Mayor Tony Mack of Trenton aressted for coruption and taking bribes. He's a #DEMOCRAT right? I'm Just sayin.
— Ralph J Verderose (@jester_60) September 10, 2012
@BreitbartNews I warned a lot of folks about this. Mayor Mack delivered the poor, Urban vote and was kept around by D-Party for long time.
— FearOfaBlackRepub (@FearOfaBlackRep) September 11, 2012