Media Act As Though Only Republicans Misbehave - Investors.com Journalism: What's the difference between Republican and Democratic political operatives who end up on the wrong side of the law? In the "unbiased" press, only the Republicans' party ID and connections merit attention. In a blog post on Publius' Forum this week, Warner Todd Huston noted the glaring difference in how the media treated the recent arrests of Zachary Edwards and Tim Russell. Edwards, an Iowa Democrat, was charged last week with trying to commit identity theft against Matt Schultz, Iowa's Republican secretary of state, in order to pin unethical or illegal activity on him. Russell, a Wisconsin Republican, was accused of stealing money intended for relatives of veterans killed in action. Both are terrible deeds, to be sure. But as Huston notes, only Russell's party affiliation and connections got played up by news reports. Russell, you see, was an aide to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, much-hated by liberals. The New York Times made this connection clear in its headline, as did Reuters and just about every other story about the arrest. But when it came to the Edwards arrest in Iowa, press accounts went out of their way to avoid even mentioning that he was a Democrat. The AP dispatch, for example, simply called him "a Des Moines man." A local TV news report also ignored Edwards' Democratic connections. Edwards wasn't just any Democrat, but was the director of New Media operations at Link Strategies, a Democratic consulting firm. He also headed Obama's "New Media" operations in five states during the primaries and in Iowa during the 2008 general election. . . . . . . . .