Louisiana Congressman William Jefferson doesn't seem to be a big fan of nuance. Videotaped accepting a $100,000 cash bribe, he was later found to have squirreled away $90,000 of it in his freezer. Nice touch.
One would hate for the fact that the Congressman happens to be a Democrat to interrupt the storyline that Republicans have a monopoly on corruption, though. Which is why we can thank NPR's Marketplace's show Morning Report yesterday for introducing a story on the Jefferson bribe scandal as follows: "The dark cloud of corruption that hangs over some powerful Republicans is swallowing up at least one Democrat as well" and ending the piece as follows: "Now, back to those Republicans."
So the dark cloud of corruption is swallowing up this Democrat because this Democrat is somehow linked to some other corruption scandal? Well, no. Jefferson seems to have been an independent contractor, accepting bribes from companies with business interests in Africa. So, this corruption scandal actually has nothing to do with any other scandal, on either side of the aisle? Well, yes. But Marketplace might as well try to continue the drumbeat that Republicans have cornered the market on corruption. Because we all know they have.