All nine of the stories are fair except perhaps the last one. They report that Democratic congressional districts got more of the stimulus money, as though that was blatant favoritism. In many cases being poor is the reason the district is Democratic, and poor places are where the stimulus will do the most good. If a district votes Republican, it sort of says "we don't need stimulus, we're doing okay."
There are affluent districts that vote Democratic, like Teton County in Wyoming - essentially the only reliably Democratic county in the state. If these also got a disproportionate share of stimulus money, then I'd say "favoritism" is proven.