Of course, it got your attention and if that's all I cared about then it might be worth it. Dennis Welch is the political reporter for KTVK Channel 3 and if I'm going to point out that he has something in common with an infamous killer like Manson, then I had better be able to point to one of the characteristics that makes Manson infamous. Otherwise, it's just a cheap trick to get your attention. Such stunts are unprofessional and tawdry--especially when they are conducted by "real" reporters at "real" news organizations.
So check out this promo that Dennis Welsch and "AzFamily" channel 3 are running.
You can watch the promo here. I've had reports that KTVK is also running the Horne/Arias comparison on freeway billboards.
You will recall, of course, that Horne backed into a car and didn't leave a note. After the event was disclosed, Horne paid a $300 fine. The media is in full feeding frenzy. Let's see, Jodi Arias stabbed her boyfriend 26 times, cut his throat and shot him in the head. Tom Horne backed into a car near Pita Jungle. But the Dennis Welch "AzFamily" comparison is actually more trivial than that. Welch makes it clear in the promo that the Horne/Arias comparison is about the TIMING of Horne paying his $300 fine. Horne paid the fine at the same time that the verdict was announced, so the media was forced to choose between covering Arias's murder verdict and Horne's $300 payment and incredibly, they chose Arias.
Welch is portraying the timing as some sort brilliant Machiavellian PR move and that's what generated the comparison between Horne and Arias. Such a comparison is completely unprofessional.
But it gets worse. Welch brought an "AzFamily" film crew to Tom Horne's HOUSE in order to ambush him and ask him about the timing of his payment of his traffic citation. You can't make this stuff up. Seriously, doesn't the journalism community police itself? How can it be within the profession's ethical standards to compare the timing of the Attorney General's traffic citation payment to the most notorious killer of the year and then show up at the Attorney General's house and ask him about it on camera? Welch then makes a big deal about Horne closing the door in his face. Welch and the "AzFamily" folks should simply be ashamed--and I hope the rest of the journalistic community is embarased.
There's another aspect of the story that I'm going to make into a separate post tomorrow.
Why Were Federal Authorities Following the Arizona Attorney General?
Corporate media have a herd mentality, and reporters were having so much fun mocking Tom Horne for his baseball cap and speculating about his possible girlfriend that they never asked the real question. Why was the FBI following the Arizona Attorney General?
The FBI's stated reason--that they were following him in an investigation of possible campaign violations in the 2010 campaign--is absurd on its face. If Horne coordinated with the Independent Campaign that spent money on his behalf, he would have done so in 2010. There's no reason to follow him after the election. Maybe this article from the March 18th Republic provides a clue.
Arizona has a steady record of wins defending its laws before the U.S. Supreme Court in the past few years.
Arizona has been a thorn in the Obama administration's side and it's Tom Horne who has been twisting that thorn.
Fast forward to the FBI following Horne and releasing information about a minor traffic incident complete with salacious details about baseball caps and possible girlfriends. Don't reporters know the history of the FBI? That's a casebook Hoover tactic.
Naturally, many of you are rolling your eyes and saying I'm paranoid. Just like when folks questioned the initial Benghazi stories, or when the Tea Party folks complained that they were under enhanced IRS scrutiny, or when the Associated Press reporters finally figured out that the Justice Department was tracking their phone calls.
If you study history, are familiar with current events and are skeptical--which are allegedly the qualities of a journalist--then you will realize that the FBIs tracking of Horne in an effort to discredit the pesky AG falls well within the FBI's history of bad behavior and alligns closely with the Obama Administration's current pattern of abusing power.
To break that story, reporters wouldn't have to compare Horne to Arias, they would simply have to compare President Obama to Presidents Johnson or Nixon. Now that's a comparison that might actually be worth making.