Yee Of Little Faith

Leland Yee

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California State Senator Leland Yee is hardly the first politician to sacrifice whatever principles he might have had on the altar of power and money. Obviously, Yee isn’t the first Democrat to lurch from crusader to crook. Heck, factor in President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder’s disastrous Operation Fast and Furious, and Yee isn’t even the only liberal to build his career on opposing the Bill of Rights to get caught trafficking illegal weapons to homicidal thugs. Actually, given Obama’s own Syrian misadventures, Yee isn’t even the lone Democrat to “allegedly” participate in political graft that involved funneling weapons to islamofascists.

So maybe those redoubtable town criers in the media are ignoring Yee’s indictment on multiple Federal charges, including weapons trafficking and campaign fraud, because he’s a fairly unremarkable example of the corrosive effects of political power on those whose entire ideology rests on the pursuit of power for power’s sake. A hypocritical liberal is, after all, about as unusual as a rapist at an Occupy riot.

Still, it strikes me that such a tale of even a minor-league pol from a godforsaken Gomorrah like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s lair ought to be worth more than a few column inches in a couple of newspapers. Yet Yee’s name disappeared behind the veil of breathless media coverage of Gwyneth Paltrow’s divorce and the usual Democrat-scripted attempts to excuse the latest fraud to fall out of Obamacare.

In the name of fair research, I perused a fairly wide section of purported news sources throughout the weekend to see if the story of one of America’s leading anti-gun rights crusaders becoming one of America’s leading arms traffickers had fallen into the memory hole of weekend news coverage. Visits to,,,, and produced precisely zero front-page mentions of Yee’s sordid saga. Even the presence of a hoodlum like Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow didn’t manage to swing many self-professed journalists away from repeating liberal fantasies like “6 million Obamacare ‘enrollees’” or “global warming is real.”

I couldn’t help but wonder how our stalwart media would cover the sad saga of Yee’s descent into ignominy were Yee a Republican from South Carolina instead of a Democrat from San Francisco. So, last Friday, I posted to my Facebook page a link to a story about Yee’s implosion and noted the peculiar lack of coverage it has engendered. One friend of mine, a writer who lists perilously to port, suggested that fear of being branded racist has scared most journalists away from the Yee story. Considering the fact that the Democrats have slapped the racist label on virtually everyone who’s dared call attention to Obama’s lying, cheating and stealing, my pal may have a point. But then, anyone who can honestly lay claim to the title “journalist” stopped worrying about liberal libel quite a while back. Besides, putty-faced Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid devolved into a gibbering slander-monkey years ago. Last week, the poor old sap managed to call himself a liar over his on-the-record statement that “all” Obamacare victims were lying shills paid by some conservative supervillain — and the media have stepped around that freak show like a prime-time TV viewer avoiding CNN. My take: The Yee blackout is just another case of a partisan media protecting one of its own.

An anti-Bill of Rights crusader from an anti-Bill of Rights nest like San Francisco in the heart of an anti-Bill of Rights wasteland like California went down for weapons trafficking. That, my friends, is a story. It’s got irony! It’s got tragedy! It’s got “Shrimp Boy”! If only it had had a conservative, it might have earned some coverage.

–Ben Crystal

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Ben Crystal

is a 1993 graduate of Davidson College and has burned the better part of the last two decades getting over the damage done by modern-day higher education. He now lives in Savannah, Ga., where he has hosted an award-winning radio talk show and been featured as a political analyst for television. Currently a principal at Saltymoss Productions—a media company specializing in concept television and campaign production, speechwriting and media strategy—Ben has written numerous articles on the subjects of municipal authoritarianism, the economic fallacy of sin taxes and analyses of congressional abuses of power.

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