Terrence Bean, Democrat Fundraiser, Indicted for Sodomy of Teen

If Terrence Bean was a Republican instead of a Democrat fundraiser, this would be national news 24/7.

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Here’s a study in media bias.

Imagine a man who is:

  • A member of the Republican National Committee
  • A well-known conservative Christian
  • A huge fundraiser for Mitt Romney and a member of his Finance Council
  • His smiling pictures are on the Web cuddling up to every GOP luminary from the Bushes, to McCain, Christie, Rand Paul—including shots on Air Force One
  • A prominent Delegate to every Republican National Convention from 1992-2008

If that man had been arrested Wednesday for raping a child, do you think there’s any remote possibility you wouldn’t be hearing about it from every major network and media source in the land?

From the Oregonian: “Lane County grand jury indicts prominent gay rights activist Terrence Bean in 2013 case involving a 15-year-old boy.”

Detectives from the Portland police Sex Crimes Unit arrested Portland developer Terrence Patrick Bean on Wednesday on a Lane County indictment stemming from alleged sex abuse involving a teenage boy in 2013.

Bean, 66, a prominent gay rights activist and major Democratic Party fundraiser, was arrested at his home in Southwest Portland and booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center at 10:12 a.m.

The indictment charges Bean with two counts of third-degree sodomy, a felony, and one count of third-degree sex abuse, a misdemeanor, police said.


Bean has been one of the state’s biggest Democratic donors and an influential figure in gay rights circles in the state. He helped found two major national political groups, the Human Rights Campaign and the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, and has been a major contributor for several Democratic presidential candidates, including Barack Obama. He’s also a close friend of former Gov. Barbara Roberts.

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So what makes the difference for a man found all over the Web next to Barack and Michelle Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Al Gore, etc., a friend of noted Democratic pols from coast-to-coast, and who fits every one of those points, with merely a change in names and identifying allegiances. Yet Bean’s story is pretty much isolated to the Pacific Northwest—every major media source is totally silent.