When Indicted, Networks Barely Mentioned Jesse Jackson, Jr’s Misuse of $750,000 in Campaign Cash

A survey of news coverage by the big three networks of the indictment of former Chicago Democrat Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. was sparse to non-existent for the first three days after the indictment was made public. Even when his trouble was reported, the fact that he is a Democrat went unmentioned.

Jackson was indicted on Friday, February 15, but as Friday, then the weekend rolled on, the big three networks didn’t seem much interested in covering the story. In fact, a survey of the coverage found that the big nets gave the story scant attention that Friday and, while there were a few ultra short reports on the indictment on Saturday, there was no coverage at all on Sunday.

On Friday, for instance, NBC’s Nightly News gave the story short attention. By Saturday, Good Morning America gave the story a whole 18 seconds. Worse, even when the network news shows did report the story on Saturday evening, Jackson’s party affiliation was never mentioned.

Interestingly, not one of the Sunday morning politics shows mentioned the indictment at all.

Democrat Jesse Jackson, Jr., the son of famed Operation Push chief and civil rights activist Jesse Jackson, was elected to Congress in 1995 to represent Illinois’ Second Congressional District but by 2009 the young Congressman’s world began to fall apart with rumors of corruption. Jackson was first linked to the later convicted ex-Governor of Illinois, Rob Blagojevich.

In 2009 Jackson came under a cloud suspected of trying to buy the Senate seat that Gov. Blagojevich had to fill when Barack Obama vacated that seat to become President. The Congressman also became involved in a sex scandal at that same time. And as whiffs of the indictments to come began to mount, Jackson suddenly went into a doctor’s care announcing that he had a bipolar disorder. Finally, on February 15, Jackson was indicted on misuse of campaign funds.

The indictment detailed some of the fraudulently spent campaign cash showing that Jackson wasted some $750,000 on fur coats and music and Hollywood memorabilia from famed martial artist Bruce Lee, singer Michael Jackson, and others.

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  • jim_m

    Even when his trouble was reported, the fact that he is a Democrat went unmentioned.

    Surely the left does not admit to the possibility that a black man could be anything other than a democrat.

  • Paul Hooson

    Yeah, but look at all the great stuff he bought with $750,000 in stolen campaign money! A $43,000 Rolex watch(no cheap Tijuana stuff with the Rolex name for this guy!). $28,000 in Michael Jackson memorabilia! $8,000 in stuffed elk heads. Stuffed elk heads, WTF? If your name is Jethro, and you live in Buttwipe, Alabama, and are some duck call or fishing lure millionaire, then you buy $8,000 in elk heads….not some inner-city raised politician like Jesse Jackson Jr. What’s the deal with that?

    • Jwb10001

      I bought a $8,000 elk head and a fur lined sink, I also bought some dumb stuff…. What a maroon.

  • herddog505

    But Marco Rubio drinking water… THAT’S BIG NEWS!

    • Paul Hooson

      The Marco Rubio water thing was just easier to turn into lighthearted humor. The Jesse Jackson Jr. story is just another case of a corrupt congress member, and a dime a dozen story for that institution. The fact that a member of congress is a crook seems like pretty old news compared to the Marco Rubio thing which looked like a cheap bit of cable access entertainment when ducked out of the screen for a water bottle way too far from his podium. Marco Rubio’s bit foolishness was at least unique and something not seen before.

      But, I’m trying my best to make humor of the Jesse Jackson story. Look at my Wizbang Pop piece. I still think the story is comedy gold myself.

      • herddog505

        Had comments on Rubio’s (dare I say it?) Watergate been confined to parody on SNL and other such shows, I would agree. However, it was BIG NEWS, the subject of quite a lot of discussion on DCNN et al.

        Further, if MiniTru is going to continue to wrap itself in the cloak of the Defenders of The People’s Right To Know (TM), then they really OUGHT to focus on the boring ol’ story of yet another member of Congress caught in criminal activity. Oh, it may not be as novel as a senator drinking water, but it really is the sort of thing that We the People should know about. I’m guessing that, had there been an (R) instead of a (d) behind the name, we certainly would have known.

        As for humor in Jackson’s story… Perhaps I’m a bit grim, but I fail to see any humor in a high-ranking official committing crimes. If it were up to me, he and others of his ilk would be executed as a warning to others.

  • You can be sure that the networks would mention Jackson’s political affiliation if he were a Republican.

    • Brian_R_Allen

      …. You can be sure that the networks would mention Jackson’s political affiliation if he were a Republican ….

      You can be sure the Republicans would also have mentioned Jackson’s political affiliation if he were a Republican. And would have long ago showed the crooked creep the door.

  • Wild_Willie

    When you have a father who probably intimidated many people in the past for his son, it is only a matter of time before you believe you cannot be touched. Plus he is a democrat and as we see from the lack of news coverage, he is being protected. There is no journalism anymore. None. ww

  • Brian_R_Allen

    …. When he was indicted, the alphabet networks barely mentioned Jesse Jackson Junior’s theft of 750,000 campaign Dollars ….

    In other every-bit-as-exciting news, the sun rose in the East, today.

  • 914

    What? No freezers around? I guess he doesn’t have his daddy’s gift for getting away with it.

    • Wrong crook, you allude to William “Cold Cash” Jefferson.

      • 914

        Yeah, I know Rodney. The first sentence was sarcasm. The second was aimed at Jerk$on.