Wednesday's pre-primetime lineup of Ed Schultz, Al Sharpton and Chris Matthews all took "breaking news" updates and spent multiple segments talking about Chris Christie's Bridgegate scandal but made no mention of indicted California Democratic State Senator Leland Yee. Yee was indicted on corruption and charges of illegal sale of firearms by the FBI on Wednesday. Yee is a candidate for Secretary of State and has co-authored and often pushed a strict gun control agenda while serving in the state assembly.
Yee touted his desire for broad and fair democratic elections as a reason for running for Secretary of State. During his 10 years as a state senator he helped author legislation covering issues from banning hunters from using led bullets to allowing "green" vehicles to use the HOV lanes on California highways.
MSNBC anchors were not the only mainstream media to bury the Yee story. The LA Times covered the story but hid within the article the gun running charges. Nowhere in the Times' headline or byline did they mention his arrest was for corruption and illegal arms dealings.
Some local Californians were surprised that Yee was only given a $500,000 bond by the judge considering the potential flight risk he could be. Yee had previously told an undercover FBI agent that he was unhappy with his life and wanted to live under the radar in the Philippines.