CNN has at last cracked the story of California State Senator Leland Yee, the anti-gun Democrat who was charged in late March with plotting to acquire heavy weapons from Islamist militants in the Philippines on behalf of a notorious San Francisco gangster. American Glob notes that the network gave due coverage to Yee’s case on Tuesday, in a straight news story that offers no significant advances beyond what was reported by National Review Online and other media March 26.
The World’s News Network over the past two weeks has offered improbable reasons why it ignored this fascinating tale involving a prominent member of the San Francisco political machine that has produced such major figures as House minority leader Nancy Pelosi and Senator Dianne Feinstein. As Jonah Goldberg writes in National Review’s current print edition:
When pressed on it by viewers, the network responded via Twitter that state senators don’t rate attention from the network that gave us wall-to-wall coverage of the infamous “poop cruise,” complete with hourly updates on toilet blockages. (By the way, CNN is still covering that historic news event. It recently ran a one-year-later piece on its website: “‘Poop Cruise’ Witness: ‘I Got Mentally Injured.’”)
CNN’s actual explanation was that they cover state senators “just about never.” Which is just about a lie. They covered then–state senator Wendy Davis’s pro-abortion filibuster as if the fate of the republic depended on it. They covered Sandra Fluke’s ill-fated state-senate run. The website Weasel Zippers reports that CNN had even favorably reported on Leland Yee numerous times, particularly when he was eager to ban violent video games. In other words, the geniuses at CNN are not only lying about their standards, but they actually think Yee became less newsworthy when he was charged with bribery, attempted gun-running, and collusion with the Chinese gangster Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow.
Yee pleaded not guilty to six felony charges at his arraignment Tuesday. Shrimp Boy’s attorney says FBI investigators entrapped his client. Details about the case, including the full FBI affidavit in support of the criminal complaint, appeared here two weeks ago.