Dan Turner recently made a point that I'll be certain to hear more and more as the election season heats up. Pointing to a blogger who noted that The Star didn't always identify Paul Morrison's party affiliation in stories about his affair with a staffer and subsequent resignation.
"If it isn't the Star's policy for such stories to identify party affiliation early in the story, it certainly should be," he wrote. "Doing so as a matter of policy would avoid a lot of hard feelings. Many conservatives strongly suspect that the MSM tends to omit party affiliation when a Democrat is involved in a scandal, but tend to trumpet party affiliation when it embarrasses Republicans. Such routine disclosure would help instill a certain amount of humbleness among members of both parties, since neither party has a corner on moral perfection."
My experience has been that readers especially want party IDs when their political foes stumble, obviously. There isn't a hard and fast policy about this at The Star, and I suspect most of the time the omissions come because reporters write about many local figures so often that they simply don't think to mention affiliation every time -- and many astute political followers know the parties anyhow.
But that doesn't help occasional readers, of which there are many. For the record, I could find only two news stories about Morrison's affair that didn't mention his party.