For some reason the Providence Journal ran a minor story on a Worcester, Massachusetts, political incident. In doing so, however, the paper spotlights a curious… let’s say… tic of the mainstream media:
Mayor Joseph M. Petty is now apologizing for remarks he made that, unbeknownst to him, were picked up by an open microphone at the beginning of Tuesday night’s City Council meeting.
The remarks were unflattering observations about some of protesters attending the meeting. Earlier, there was a rally at City Hall attended by people unhappy with President Donald J. Trump’s immigration policy.
Funny — Don’t you think? — that the article doesn’t mention that Petty is a Democrat and the main voice speaking out against him, Michael T. Gaffney, although in a non-partisan seat, has been backed by Republicans. Why do you suppose that is? How do you suppose the reporting might have been different if it were a Republican mayor badmouthing a Tea Party group?