In early August, I wrote a post called "Where is Laurie Roberts"in which I pointed out that allegations that Sen. Begay doesn't live in his district are similar to the allegations that Rep. Darin Mitchell didn't live in his district. I argued that there were two differences in the cases. The first difference is that Republic Columnist Laurie Roberts wrote column after column mocking Mitchell while ignoring Begay and the second difference is that Begay is a Democrat while Mitchell is a Republican.
You might remember the post because I left it up for like an entire month which generated much whining, especially from my parents who also complain that I don't update my Facebook profile nearly as much as their good child does. (Of course, since her last post was about getting arrested in Dallas, they are starting to pipe down a bit.) But I digress.
Now, a mere six weeks after the original incident, Laurie Roberts has written a post about Begay in which she...mocks Mitchell. Sure, she mocks Begay too, so she has at least tried to address the bias issue.
I'm tempted to declare victory, but it would be pretty hollow. After all, the Republic sets the standard for civility in political discourse. Unfortunately, there are a handful of journalists there who set the standard quite low. While I guess it's a victory if Laurie Roberts feels like she has to mock Democrats in order to avoid charges of bias, it seems to me that a professional columnist for the state's paper of record might use actual arguments or analysis. The more I've thought about it, the more I think my fundamental premise is flawed. I'm not sure I should concede that the columnists are "professional". Sure, they get paid and that's one definition of "professional", but the more common definition is that they engage in a standard of conduct that is worthy of their profession. That's where my premise may be flawed.
Naturally, I can't make an assertion like that without backing it up.... Hmm, that sounds like enough posts to finish out the week....and maybe next week.