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Times Doesn't Get to the (Democratic) Party in Detroit

Nick Bunkley's story on Kwame Kilpatrick, the disgraced former Democratic mayor of Detroit, being sent to prison for five years for violating his probation failed to provide his party ID. By contrast, the Times is all too eager to load down misbehaving Republicans with the scarlet "R."

Nick Bunkley's story Wednesday on disgraced Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick being sent to prison for five years for violating his probation failed to provide a party identification for Kilpatrick (a Democrat).

Kwame M. Kilpatrick, who resigned as mayor of Detroit and pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice in 2008, was sentenced Tuesday to as much as five years in prison for violating his probation. The sentence was harsher than expected, and elicited loud gasps in the courtroom.

Judge David Groner of Wayne County Circuit Court rejected a lengthy, emotional plea for leniency from Mr. Kilpatrick, and he criticized the former mayor for lying, trying to portray himself as a victim and ultimately failing the residents of Detroit.


The Times is not nearly so discreet when it comes to misbehaving Republicans, readily identifying them in the first paragraph or in the headline.