Mighty small-tent of the Texas Democratic Convention last week to deny access to Mark Miner, campaign manager for the enemy camp of Gov. Rick Perry. The explanation — that the convention was a place to support Democratic candidates and Democratic issues without reservation — sounded a might Orwellian. This from what we thought was the party of live-and-let-live, pro-open-access freedom of expression ‘n’ more.
Miner was asked to leave, Democratic Party spokeswoman Kirsten Gray confirmed.
"We didn't feel it was appropriate," she said.
Miner said he was there to raise questions about White's leadership in Houston and the $2 million contract to BTEC for providing emergency generators afterHurricane Katrina (White's former company had purchased BTEC and White himself invested money in the company a year after the hurricane.)
Miner was inside the convention center, preparing to get guest credentials from a friendly vendor when he was asked to leave. He did. But Republican folks earlier did hand out a free newsletter to delegates, the Whitewash Report, where all the news stories were attacks against White.
The fact that 400 journalists did not recognize how wrong their collusion, however informal, was shows an enormous ethical blind spot toward the pretense of impartiality. As journalists actively participated in an online brainstorming session on how best to spin stories in favor of one party against another, they continued to cash their paychecks from their employers under the impression that they would report, not spin the agreed-upon “news” on behalf of their “JournoList” peers.
The American people, at least half of whom are the objects of scorn of this group of 400, deserve to know who was colluding against them so that in the future they can better understand how the once-objective media has come to be so corrupted and despised.
We want the list of journalists that comprised the 400 members of the “JournoList” and we want the contents of the listserv. Why should Weigel be the only person exposed and humiliated?
I therefore offer the sum of $100,000 to the person who provides the full “JournoList” archive. We will protect that person’s privacy and identity forever. No one will ever know who became $100,000 richer – and did the right thing, morally and ethically — by shining the light of truth on this seamy underworld of the media.
79.5% of the media mentions for White were positive, and only 20.5% were negative.
For Perry, during the same time frame, the coverage was far more mixed: 45.6% of the media mentions were positive, and 54.4% were negative.
Are the press hoping for a tight race? Are they just waiting until Labor Day before they write the stories that are damaging to Bill White? Do they see their subscriber declines and layoffs as inevitable... so they just throw away all pretense of objectivity... trying to go out with a bang...
Whatever it is... it seems to have escalated from when I was more in the game... not that the working press were objective angels back then... but in this Rick versus Bill White race and many instances I see in other races in other states these days... the bias is beyond the old acceptable threshold... and credibility of news outlets out among the people is suffering dearly as a result.