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Media Ignore Chaos at DNC

News agencies silent on fracture within party — even as they hastened to capitalize on GOP discord

Although the media at large relished the chance to jump all over any sign of chaos or disunity at last week’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland, these same news outlets are showing a marked reluctance in gloating over this week’s thundering discord at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

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Reporters and pundits were all over any intra-party disharmony at the RNC as outlets published a slew of stories focusing on the NeverTrump movement’s quashed attempt to force a roll-call vote to free the delegates from voting for Donald Trump and, of course, Sen. Ted Cruz’s bitter non-endorsement. The media also made a big deal out of several prominent Republicans’ refusals to attend the convention, including Ohio Gov. John Kasich, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and former presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. All were heralded pointing the end times for the GOP.

“But aside from all of that, it is an outrage and sad that you would have people in important positions in the DNC trying to undermine my campaign.”

So why aren’t these same media outlets featuring stories about the chaos and discord that have been erupting within the Democratic Party over the last few days and weeks?

The day before the DNC began Monday, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced her upcoming resignation amid mounting pressure following WikiLeaks’ release of DNC emails showing several staffers exhibited a marked preference for presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton over Sen. Bernie Sanders throughout the primaries. This scandal, of course, marks the second time that Clinton has been implicated in email controversies following her use of a private email server as secretary of state.

Although Sanders has endorsed Clinton for president, the former candidate has made no secret of his reluctance to do so and his frustration with the party’s Establishment.

“But aside from all of that, it is an outrage and sad that you would have people in important positions in the DNC trying to undermine my campaign. It goes without saying, the function of the DNC is to represent all of the candidates — to be fair and even-minded,” Sanders told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.”

Of Wasserman Schultz, Sanders added, “I don’t think she is qualified to be the chair of the DNC not only for these awful emails, which revealed the prejudice of the DNC, but also because we need a party that reaches out to working people and young people, and I don’t think her leadership style is doing that.”

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The Democratic Party is certainly walking into its own convention upon the wings of scandal after a bitter primary season between Clinton’s establishment network and Sanders’ progressive uprising.

And what about the no-show Democratic politicians? Where’s the outrage towards them? Why aren’t they hastening to support their Party’s scandal-ridden presumptive nominee?

Former Vice President Al Gore — now a Tennessee superdelegate — has declined to appear at the Democratic National Convention this year due to “obligations in Tennessee.” This skip marks the second time in a row Gore has missed out on the convention fun. Although Gore initially abstained from endorsing a candidate until he or she had been formally nominated at the convention, Bill Clinton’s former vice president announced via Twitter that he would be voting for the former first lady in November.

But Gore is not alone in declining to appear at the DNC — several other Democrats gearing up for various elections are also skipping.

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Former Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold has chosen to campaign in his state this week instead of making a DNC appearance. Feingold is in a tight race with current Sen. Ron Johnson, who spoke at the RNC last week.

Florida Rep. Patrick Murphy, the scandal-embroiled challenger to Sen. Marco Rubio’s seat, also announced his decision to campaign in his state rather than appear at the DNC. Although Rubio did not appear in person at the RNC, he did film a video supporting Trump that was aired during the convention proceedings.

Arizona Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, a challenger to Sen. John McCain, also declined to attend the DNC, just as McCain skipped out on the RNC.

And North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper, a challenger to Gov. Pat McCrory, also announced his intentions to stay in his home state. McCrory himself is facing backlash over his decision to sign the controversial bathroom bill earlier this year that angered transgender and LGBT advocates.

So where are these stories? Wherever did the liberal media go? Why haven’t they risen once again to answer the call to exploit political discord and chaos?

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PoliZette writer Kathryn Blackhurst can be reached at [email protected].