Media Matters' Jamison Foser put out a column on Friday, September 28, 2007, about the difference in the coverage that the legal troubles of one of Hillary Clinton's supporters received compared to Mitt Romney's. In the column he points out the legal troubles of two of Romney's backers.
The first is Alan Fabian. Fabian was indicted for 23 counts of fraud, money laundering, perjury, and obstruction of justice. He pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial.
The second is Robert Litchfield who is being sued for abuses at schools for troubled kids. The newspaper, The Hill, which covers Capitol Hill, had a story with the following quote:
In a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, 133 plaintiffs have alleged that Robert Lichfield, co-chairman of Romney's Utah finance committee owned or operated residential boarding schools for troubled teenagers where students were "subjected to physical abuse, emotional abuse and sexual abuse."
The question that Foser raises in his column is why the different treatment between the troubles of Clinton's backer, Norman Hsu, and the troubles of Litchfield and Fabian? One explanation is that the media is obsessed with the Clintons. Another explanation is that she is the front-runner for the Democratic nomination while Romney is not the front-runner for the Republican nomination. A third possible explanation is that reporters know that their publishers, owners, editors, etc., want stories on the Clintons and don't want stories on the Republicans.
Whatever the explanation, this is just one more example of why Democrats need their own vehicles of communication with the public. We just can't trust the media to be fair or objective where Democrats are concerned.