The AP is up with two stories about political scandals this evening: one about the impeachment of Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, and another about the indictment of the mayor of Baltimore.
Here’s what’s amusing: the Blagojevich story has 816 words. You have to get to word #202 before the word “Democratic” appears in connection with his name. Apart from five references to lawmakers with “D-” after their names, that’s the only time we see the D-word in 816 words.
The Baltimore story has 1006 words. We have to read all the way to word #335 before we learn that Mayor Sheila Dixon is a “Democrat.” That word appears exactly one more time, in reference to her predecessor.
If the scandal involved an official from the other party, does anyone want to take a guess as to where in the story, and how frequently, we’d see the word “Republican”? Click here in case you’re curious.