National news quick on Tom Delay’s conviction but ignore acquittal


The national network news media, ABC, CBS, and NBC were quick to broadcast stories of the conviction of Tom Delay, which was news, but it would be fair to say that they should have been just as quick to broadcast his exoneration at the appellate court level – NOT!


Back in 2010, when ex-House Majority Leader Tom DeLay was convicted on money laundering charges related to campaign fundraising, all three network morning and evening news shows made sure to tell their viewers.

On their November 24, 2010 evening newscasts, all three networks made gave time to the late-breaking news, accompanied by photos of DeLay with various captions: “Guilty Verdict” on ABC; “Convicted” on CBS; “Guilty” on NBC.

But after an appeals court on Thursday overturned that verdict and completely acquitted DeLay of those charges, none of the broadcast networks mentioned the former Republican leader’s exoneration in their Thursday night and Friday morning shows.

National Review branded this attempt by Texas Democrats as a shame in U.S. politics after a decade of attempting to destroy Daley.


The attempt of Texas Democrats to criminalize politics, and the decade-plus persecution of Mr. DeLay that resulted from it, is an act of corruption in the most literal sense of that word, eroding the legal and political institutions that enable democratic self-rule in a constitutional republic.

Mr. DeLay has cause to celebrate today, but for the rest of us this matter, even though properly resolved at last, is a cause for nothing but shame.


But Thursday night, none of the three networks had a moment to notify audience of DeLay’s acquittal, let alone explore the motivation and ethics of the prosecutor who pushed the case. (Showing off her priorities, however, Diane Sawyer’s World News did have time for a feature story on “the secret lives of dolphins.”)

Typical of the biased drive-by mainstream media to ignore Delay’s acquittal of trumped up charges by Texas Democrats for political reasons, don’t you think?