Mayor Joy Cooper of Hallandale Beach, Florida, was forced to resign by Sunshine State Governor Rick Scott on Friday after her Thursday arrest on three felony charges: campaign finance violations, official misconduct and money laundering. At least four Florida news outlets have run reports failing to tag Cooper, who is accused of accepted illegal campaign finance checks from Russians, as a Democrat.
The four outlets are:
- The Miami Herald, where two reporters burned through over 950 words detailing the history behind Cooper’s arrest and alleged crimes Friday evening.
- ABC News10 in nearby Pembroke Park, part of Democrat-favoring Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway empire. Again, two reporters; this time, almost 500 words.
- The Deerfield Beach-based Sun Sentinel — 900 words. A video at the Sun Sentinel link also fails to identify Cooper’s party.
- NBC Channel 6 in Miami — a shorter, 260-word piece.
Two of the four Florida-based reports reviewed put Governor Scott’s executive action to remove Cooper into their headline. The Sun Sentinel and Heraldwaited until Paragraphs 2 and 7, respectively.