The media likes to call for "civility", well let's see what they have to say about this.
The American University College Republicans brought a speaker to campus who happens to disagree with the far left. And Occupy students apparently decided this couldn’t be tolerated.
Republican Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona addressed a packed room of students on February 24th. The audience included both those who were interested in what she had to say, and, it turned out, some who wanted to shut her up. The latter group, apparently organized by the AU Occupy movement allowed her to speak for all of 15 minutes before beginning to scream, “Mic check!” which translated means, “Shut up, stupid conservative!”
If the Senate--and the media--have decided to investigate Bundgaard why has the House and the media ingored State Representative Daniel Patterson? Patterson's wife alleges drug use and verbal abuse and it's widely known that Patterson doesn't live in his district.
Then in January, when Republican Senators Ron Gould and Steve Yarbrough provided the deciding votes* to investigate Bundgaard, I referred to the story again.
Republicans will do the right thing with Bundgaard. It will be interesting to see if the Democrats ever do anything about Rep. Daniel Patterson.
It would have been nice if the Democratic Caucus had stepped up to police Patterson's behavior just like Republicans stepped up to police Bundgaard's behavior. The allegations against Patterson--ongoing drug abuse, verbal abuse, neglect of his wife and child--were arguably more serious than the charges against Bundgaard. Unfortunately, Patterson--who moved out of his district to live with his girlfriend--was involved in another domestic violence incident, this time against the girlfriend.
The Republic wrote scores of Bundgaard articles, but never covered the allegations against Patterson. Today's Republic has a story about the Democrats' call for his resignation. If the Republic is your sole source for news, then this is the first time you have heard of Rep. Patterson.
Let's hope that he resigns soon. If not, let's hope that media covers Patterson to the same extent they covered Bundgaard.
SB 1336: Exempts a manufacturer from liability for punitive damages if the manufacturer follows federal, state or agency-issued product standards.
So let me get this straight. If you follow all the rules when you manufacture a product, you can still be held liable for any harm caused by the product, but under this bill, you can't be PUNISHED for the harm done by the product? How is that not fair? After all, "punishment" is for bad behavior. Following all the federal, state and local rules should be an an absolute defence against claims of bad behavior.
Believe it or not, this bill is actually controversial. Since the Democratic Party is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Trial Lawyers and a hand full of Republicans are feeling squishy, there's a chance that this bill may not make it out of the Senate.
Conventional wisdom holds that the drop newspaper advertising revenue will be offset by increases in Internet advertising revenue. Unfortunately, a close look at the numbers reveals that the conventional wisdom is wrong.
That prediction come true and web revenue comes nowhere near offsetting lost print revenue. Naturally, other companies have been in the same boat and have taken the logical step of trying to sell their web content. For most of them, it's been a disaster.
You will recall that the Tribune took a series of drastic steps before its rapid collapse. One of those steps was charging for its web content.
The bottom line is that there are just too many sources of information. People don't pay for web content.
Newspapers have also made a mistake of accentuating their weakness. The easiest thing to find on the web is opinion pieces. EJ Montini and Linda Valdez confer no unique advantage for the Republic. The Republic's advantage is news gathering, yet the the major papers have tried to compete with the web by highlighting opinion writers and cutting down on actual news coverage. They are playing to their weakness. Montini costs the paper a great deal of money and his opinion pieces are marginal compared to other web content...why highlight a dinosaur?
The subscription service will be a disaster. Web hits will plummit. The buzz factor will disapear and the Republic will no longer be the go-to source for news.
Yes, it's an inflection point. But not the one that Gannett Brass hopes it will be.
Kolbe acknowledged he is known as more of a moderate Republican than Babeu, who is known as a conservative with a hard-line approach to border security. But actually, Kolbe said, they agree on most issues.
Does Kolbe's support move the Moderate wing of the party toward Babeu more than it drives the Conservative wing further away from Babeu?
Since the moderates already have Gosar, it's unlikely that they are going to move toward Babeu. However, conservatives who viewed Babeu as a conservative who happens to be gay will now start to question his conservative credentials because of Kolbe's support. Plus Kolbe's show of support put the story in the news for one more news cycle.
Maybe Planned Parenthood or the SEIU can endorse Babeu next week and make it a hat trick.
I pointed out earlier this week that local have ignored the success of State Senator Frank Antenori's book Roughneck Nine-One. The book has received national attention and was described as "one of the best first person memoirs of the Iraq war." You would think that the local media would provide some coverage as the book made its way oup the charts.
One reader pointed out that at least one paper hasn't completely ignored the book, the Star's Daniel Scarpinato mentioned the book as part of a candidate profile during Antenori's 2006 congressional run. Golly, for some reason the article is no longer on the Star's website.
Now, Antenori — who's been in the race for months — is garnering some national attention for his book "Roughneck Nine-One," a narrative of his experience in Iraq during the beginning of the U.S. conflict there in 2003. The book hit major bookstores on Memorial Day, and Antenori already is scheduled to promote it on Fox News and MSNBC later this month. The East Side resident's run for office is reflective of a well-publicized national phenomenon, as the first of the Iraq war veterans take stabs at running for Congress. Unlike Antenori, many of those other candidates scattered across the country are Democrats. Antenori's book focuses on a critical battle he was involved in during the onset of the war in Iraq in 2003. His Special Forces A-team, whose call sign was Roughneck Nine-One, had been assigned to block a highway in northern Iraq that served as a supply route for Iraqi army equipment.
I wonder if the higher ups at the Republic are starting to regret their paper's over reaction to the Babeu story.
Journalists pride themselves--or at least used to pride themselves--on writing stories that were properly sourced and accurate. Sure, guys like me will argue that many of the stories aren't accurate and that journalists use little tricks to manipulate readers, but journalists could at least claim that these are aberrations. However, they threw all of that out the window in their Babeu feeding frenzy.
Now that we have had a couple days to reflect, let's go back to last Friday. Here's what the Republic had to work with: New Times reports that an attorney said that his client (who is unidentified) says that Chris DeRose said:
...gossip about Babeu would focus attention on Orozco, attention that could result in his deportation,
If I were at the Republic, I would take three things from the story. First, there are four levels of hearsay from DeRose to the first Republic reporter. Second. Babeu didn't make the "threat" because the first person in the chain is DeRose and third...it doesn't actually look like a threat.
Let's look at the latter point in more detail.
The 34-year-old from central Mexico charges that the sheriff's lawyer warned against mentioning the affair with Babeu. DeRose said gossip about Babeu would focus attention on Orozco, attention that could result in his deportation, Orozco says.
That looks like a warning from an attorney that illegal actions (comandeering Babeu's campaign websites) could have bad results. (If you know anything about the crime of identy theft and the Obama Administration's deportation policies, you will understand that DeRose has a point.)
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, a Republican rising star and a leading candidate for Congress, is facing accusations that he and his attorney threatened to deport a Mexican former lover of Babeu's if the man refused to agree to not disclose the relationship, according to explosive revelations published Friday by Phoenix New Times.
Really? Can you really get that paragraph out of the fact pattern? Certainly not.
The story has four separate bylines: Rebekah Sanders, Dan Nowicki, Ronald J. Hansen and Lindsey Collom, and it was uploaded to the web at midnight on Friday. I think that's evidence of the frenzy that was going on at the Republic.
There's a critical point when a story that originates in the alternative media crosses over to the mainstream media. That first mainstream story has to be right. That story sets the tone and lays down the original set of "facts." All of the national stories will be based on the first mainstream story, not the original alternate media story.
The New Times story is very carefully written and it takes a long time to dissect it to see what it says--and doesn't say. It's too bad that those four reporters didn't read it more carefully.
Last June I wrote a post about seeing State Senator Frank Antenori's book at Costco. I don't recall seeing any other local coverage about the book. That seems strange, considering that it's a very successful Iraq war memoire written by a local author. I would think that the fact that Antenori is a State Senator and Congressional Candidate would make local papers even more interested in profiling his book. After all, when Kyrsten Sinema wrote a book, she got plenty of attention.
Hmm, why would the Star, for example, not want to profile Antenori's memoir? I'm open to other explanations, but until then, I'll just assume that Antenori is not the type of person that the Star would like to profile and his experience in the Iraq War is not a topic that the local media would like to highlight, so despite the fact that his book sold twice as many copies as Nancy Pollosi's biography, local media chose not to mention it.
This is a great example of media bias leading to media demise...since half of Arizona is Conservative, you would think that the papers like the Star would want to--at least occasionally--appeal to a conservative audience and highlighting the non-political accomplishments of local conservatives would be a painless way of reaching out. But editors don't see that their own behavior leads to their own demise*
Antenori's book has done well based on word of mouth and the blogosphere. I was reminded about the book in a recent mention in the Instapundit blog.
Frank is a Special Forces veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq. In Afghanistan he was a member of Task Force Dagger, the 200 guys from 5th SF Group who (with their CIA counterparts) won the war before mission creep set in. In Iraq, he was at the Battle of Debecka Pass, where one SF ODA and a few straphangers held off a tank attack. He’s the real deal.
I’ve left his party identification till the end, but I’m not really the Associated Press, I’m just pretending, because Frank’s a proud Republican. He’s rock solid on national defense and on 2nd amendment issues, as you might expect for an SF guy.