Boston Globe avoids party ID of lobbyist former Congressman Bill Delahunt as he cashes in

When it came to the juicy stuff, the sex resort was the least of it, which is why I recommend this story as a case study of what can happen after politicians leave Congress, insert their snouts in the trough, and inhale deeply.

Globe reporter Stephanie Ebbert leaves out pol's party identification

By Jack Coleman

Wow, that was one heckuva mauling by the Boston Globe yesterday in a front-page story about Bill Delahunt, a former Bay State congressman raking in big bucks as a lobbyist and political consultant since leaving Congress three years ago.

But conspicuously absent from the story, written by Globe reporter Stephanie Ebbert, is a word that comes to mind for many a politico in this overly politicized part of the country when Delahunt's name is bandied in conversation -- Democrat.

Surely that's going to be mentioned somewhere in such a lengthy hit piece, I thought, one running 51 paragraphs and given great placement out front above the fold.

Not finding any mention of Delahunt's party affiliation in my first run through the story, I waded through a second time. Ah, here's something! While the word "Democrat" remained absent once again, I did find a paragraph -- number 41, but who's counting? -- that at least implied Delahunt's party allegiance -- "That year (1995), a Republican opponent accused Delahunt of carrying on a 'lavish lifestyle' that included billing his campaign for $100,000 in meals and vacationing at a Jamaican 'sex resort.' "

Then again, one could read that paragraph and wonder if Delahunt was running as a Green Party candidate and not as a Democrat, which wouldn't be far off the mark but with a different notion of "green."

Yet when it came to the juicy stuff, the sex resort was the least of it, which is why I recommend this story as a case study of what can happen after politicians leave Congress, insert their snouts in the trough, and inhale deeply.

Read the rest of this rather amazing jeremiad here.

About the Author: Jack Coleman is a recovering former liberal journalist from Massachusetts. Click here to follow Jack Coleman on Twitter. This column first appeared in NewsBusters.com. Read all Jack's articles on CC Today here.

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