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If a news source picked and chose what they reported on then should close up shop. There is no knowing what recall effort may catch the interest of the voters at large. Given that nearly all recall efforts fail to collect enough signatures they are still a valuable indication of voters who are unhappy with the powers that be. Elected officials accept as part of their job the unenviable task of nearly constant criticism, some polite and reasoned, some less so.

Should any "hapless elected official" feel the criticism is too much for them to bear they always have the option of resigning.

I wouldn't have it any other way. I am surprised that you would suggest otherwise.

Thane,

How can a recall petition be considered a "valuable indication of voters who are unhappy with the powers that be" when they garner such miniscule numbers? To me, that's not a "valuable indication". A polling of the electorate would prove more valuable than a recall petition.

To the point of Greg's post, the Rag-public has been quick to jump on anything that they think can be used to slam the right, while distancing itself from any negative connotations that may hurt the left. Too much bias in a media source that one would hope would be unbiased and able to provide actual and factual "news" of what's happening in our country, state, and cities.

Hey, not every recall works. I remember when Sonoran Alliance was trumpeting Phil Gordon's recall as "OOOOOOH YEAH! THIS IS GONNA HAPPEN!", like they did with Sheriff Dupnik too, and where's that recall today? Just as fizzled as Brewer and Kyl.

But Russell Pearce? That's actually gonna happen, even if the SOS office made that little mistake that pushes it to next year.

I think the point I'm trying to make is: "stop whining about it". A recall effort is newsworthy, even if it's as doomed to failure as Dupnik's or Brewer's, so let the Republic and Fox News have their say, let the people decide (which they did), and everything will be alright.

I actually agree with Greg on this one. A recall isn't big news when all it takes is one disgruntled constituent and a poorly handwritten application. I don't think it would hurt if the Republic waited till the effort actually showed a little promise before reporting on it.

I think a recall effort is news and shouldn't be ignored, but the question is how it gets played. Is the failure given as much play as the announcement? Is any context provided in the report (e.g., "This same crank has filed 164 other recall petitions this year")?

If I recall (so to speak), there was quite a disparity in coverage in the Kyl case, with the announcement getting far more prominent play than the failure.

Of course, if we had more former treasurers in Congress, we wouldn't be in this mess now.

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