Friday, August 13, 2010

They Already Know Who They Want To Win

"If this surprises you, you are not paying attention."
Amy Miller, Red State

In California 36th Congressional District, the local press decides to sit the election out. Apparently they only need to cover one candidate.

From The Other McCain:
A reporter for the Torrance (Calif.) Daily Breeze sent an e-mail to a political consultant saying the newspaper is “not interested” in covering Republican candidate Mattie Fein, who is challenging Democratic Rep. Jane Harman in California’s 36th District.

In the e-mail sent Wednesday (see text below), Daily Breeze reporter Nick Green told consultant John S. Thomas of Thomas Partners Strategies, “Don’t call or e-mail us – we’ll call you if we’re interested. And if you haven’t got it yet, we’re not interested.”

Green also told Thomas not to send Fein campaign communications to his Daily Breeze colleague, Art Marroquin.

Sent: Aug 11, 2010 12:58 PM
Don’t call or e-mail us – we’ll call you if we’re interested. And if you haven’t got it yet, we’re not interested. And stop sending the same messages to my co-worker Art as well
Thank you.

According to sources with the Fein campaign, Thomas had contacted the Daily Breeze staffers seeking coverage of the Republican challenger’s response to a recently passed bill that the newspaper reported would “save 215 jobs in Rep. Jane Harman’s district.” A subsequent Daily Breeze story Thursday featured Harman’s statement that a jobs program was the ”best thing out there to keep and create jobs in Los Angeles County,” included no reponse from Fein or any other Republican.
That would be the same Representative Harman whose husband just bought Newsweak Newsweek, although he was only able to do so because he had sufficiently liberal credentials.

Isn't it interesting how the press is only interested in holding certain people to account? It's almost as though they've chosen sides...