Thursday, September 10, 2009

Irony on the front page

Today's StarTrib offers the headline "Pawlenty helps out GOP friend on the hot seat".  The story is about Pawlenty stumping for Virginia gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell.
It turns out that Virginia's Republican gubernatorial candidate, Bob McDonnell, has come under fire for earlier remarks and writings about homosexuality and feminism that put both politicians on a bit of a hot seat Wednesday.
It isn't until halfway through the article (and on the second page for the online version) that we get details of when these 'earlier remarks' were made.
In addition to his 1989 master's thesis that criticized working women, gays and contraception for unmarried couples, McDonnell came under fresh fire Wednesday in a front-page Washington Post story that detailed his 2003 questioning of a Circuit Court judge reappointee, in which he said that "certain homosexual conduct" could disqualify a judicial candidate.

Compare these statements from 6 years and 20 years ago to the Van Jones controversy.  The StarTrib's sum total reporting on the self avowed communist and 9/11 conspiracy theorist who was a top adviser to the president. 

One article on the resignation.

So what, you might say.  The Strib is is simply reporting on the McDonnell story because Pawlenty is involved, right?  Nope.  They reported on the McDonnell story last week.

So a Republican governor candidate's college thesis, written when Ronald Reagan was in office, is news to the Strib. 

But a presidential adviser on green jobs who signed a 9/11 truther petition, called Republicans assholes, produced a music record glorifying cop killing, and don't forget told us with a straight face that only white kids go postal in schools, is not news to the Strib until he resigns in the middle of the night.

And the board of directors continues to wonder how to turn around declining readership and decreasing advertising revenue.

Try reporting the news rather than trying to decide what is news.

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