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Two Sun journalists target of a ban
Baltimore Sun ^ | November 20, 2004 | Stephen Kiehl

Posted on 11/20/2004 2:40:39 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

The Ehrlich administration has taken the unusual step of banning all state officials from speaking with two Sun journalists, who they say are "failing to objectively report" on state issues.

The governor's press office sent a memo Thursday to all state public information officers and to the governor's staff ordering them to not speak with State House Bureau Chief David Nitkin or columnist Michael Olesker.

"Do not return calls or comply with any requests," press secretary Shareese N. DeLeaver wrote in the memo. The ban is in effect "until further notice."

"There's no hiding the fact of The Sun's distaste for the results of this past election," said Greg Massoni, also a press secretary to Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., a Republican. "And they are perfectly entitled to that opinion. We have a grave problem with their editorial page taking over the news division, and apparently that's what's happened."

Sun Editor Timothy A. Franklin, the top newsroom executive, called such a suggestion "ridiculous on its face." He said, "The editorial board and the newsroom are distinctly separate departments of the company, on separate floors of the building. We don't know what they're going to write about, and they don't know what we're going to write about. And that's as it should be."

Franklin said he offered Thursday to meet with Ehrlich and his press officers to go over specific complaints they have with Sun reporting, but that offer was turned down. He said Nitkin would continue to cover the State House, even though the ban will make his job more difficult.

(Excerpt) Read more at baltimoresun.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: 2004electionbias; bullzogby; ehrlich; goebbelswouldbeproud; howtostealanelection; journalism; liberalpress; lyingliars; mediabias; msm; news; oldmedia; partisan; partisanmedia; postelectionbias; ratherbiasedmedia; zogbyism

1 posted on 11/20/2004 2:40:40 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Are these guys in Power in Baltimore Democrats or Republicans?

The link goes to the newspaper via a login...
so I couldn't read the whole article.
2 posted on 11/20/2004 2:54:38 AM PST by Bon mots
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To: Bon mots

Ehrlich is a Republican governor.


3 posted on 11/20/2004 2:56:00 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

And for 8 years neither Glendening nor Townsend could wipe their a$$eS without hitting Olesker in the nose.


4 posted on 11/20/2004 2:58:51 AM PST by WideGlide (That light at the end of the tunnel might be a muzzle flash.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

"He said, "The editorial board and the newsroom are distinctly separate departments of the company, on separate floors of the building."

...uhhh, and they DON'T have elevators? Shucks...CBS has affilites scattered all across America....but still managed to come up with the same 'Party Line'.


5 posted on 11/20/2004 4:26:58 AM PST by Baytovin
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Every government entity should do the same thing with every member of the MSM!


6 posted on 11/20/2004 4:33:53 AM PST by leprechaun9
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To: Bon mots
try username: retarded
passowrd: username



7 posted on 11/20/2004 4:51:03 AM PST by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat)
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To: Cacique
Need to check spelling
Username; retarted
Password: username



8 posted on 11/20/2004 4:52:37 AM PST by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
He said, "The editorial board and the newsroom are distinctly separate departments of the company, on separate floors of the building. We don't know what they're going to write about, and they don't know what we're going to write about. And that's as it should be."

Gee, me and my computer are in separate countries from some of my friends who are stationed overseas and we have no trouble at all telling each other what is going on in our own "separate" spheres.

I would imagine that the integrity of the newspaper would keep that from happening though. /sarcasm

9 posted on 11/20/2004 4:52:47 AM PST by trebb (Ain't God good . . .)
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To: Baytovin

I know. It's laughable.


10 posted on 11/20/2004 4:52:49 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Bon mots
corrected post #8



11 posted on 11/20/2004 4:53:28 AM PST by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat)
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To: WideGlide; leprechaun9

It's time to stop being scared by old media.

There are other news outlets and people know where to find them.


12 posted on 11/20/2004 4:54:27 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

This is a mistake on Ehrlich's part. Just my opinion.


13 posted on 11/20/2004 5:27:14 AM PST by cajungirl (Kerry:Bad for Geese, Bad for America)
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To: cajungirl

When I saw the headline I guessed it was a democrat politician. Surprising that a Republican would be so thin skinned.


14 posted on 11/20/2004 5:42:11 AM PST by BenLurkin (Big government is still a big problem.)
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To: BenLurkin

yep, should have been done quietly not upfront. Olesker is a massive pain in the butt, I detest that little sniveler and always did but he is loved by alot of Baltimorons.


15 posted on 11/20/2004 5:43:31 AM PST by cajungirl (Kerry:Bad for Geese, Bad for America)
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To: sartorius

Thanks for the feedback.


19 posted on 11/20/2004 6:56:46 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: sartorius

I hope you are right. I lived in Maryland for over 20 years. I just think Ehrlich shouldn't give them ammo. Do the thing, ban the Sun, just do it quietly.


21 posted on 11/20/2004 7:11:33 AM PST by cajungirl (Kerry:Bad for Geese, Bad for America)
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To: Baytovin

"He said, "The editorial board and the newsroom are distinctly separate departments of the company, on separate floors of the building."

...uhhh, and they DON'T have elevators? Shucks...CBS has affilites scattered all across America....but still managed to come up with the same 'Party Line'."

That sounds like the same bs I got from the WSJ when I complained in 1996 about the vile Al Hunt and his rat hirelings. So I cancelled my subscription.


22 posted on 11/20/2004 7:28:00 AM PST by Grampa Dave (FNC/ABCNNBCBS & the MSM fishwraps are the Rathering Fraudcasters of America!)
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To: sartorius; weegee

Thanks for highlighting these lies from these mediot maggots. Sounds like they graduated from the Woodward school lying/wet dream fantasy replacing journalism.

"DeLeaver said Olesker did not attend that hearing and could not have known the expression on Schurick's face. Olesker said he did not need to be there to "know the patent absurdity of the remark" by Schurick.

"What I was clearly intending to say for any discerning reader was that the ads were clearly meant to profit the governor politically, and for anyone to say otherwise, they would have to struggle to keep from smiling," Olesker said yesterday. "Anyone past the age of elementary school could have figured that much out."

The second complaint was with a front-page map the Sun published Wednesday indicating properties across the state that were "being considered" for sale. In fact, the land shown on the map was all 450,000 acres of state-owned preservation land. A correction ran on Page 2A yesterday.

While that map appeared with an article written by Nitkin, he did not produce the map himself. Nevertheless, the governor's office said, he had some responsibility because the map ran with his story.


23 posted on 11/20/2004 7:30:39 AM PST by Grampa Dave (FNC/ABCNNBCBS & the MSM fishwraps are the Rathering Fraudcasters of America!)
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To: leprechaun9

I second your motion. It is PAST TIME to "bell the cat" until they can learn a little discrimination in reportage, instead of taking any incident, twisting it to the lib view and running it.

vaudine


24 posted on 11/20/2004 7:31:49 AM PST by vaudine
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To: sartorius
Cajun, this story has legs (like the NBA fight story). Ehrlich is a Republican Governor with a Pro Life African American superstar, Michael Steele, as his Lieutenant. They have been dissed by the Democratic machine rag, the Sun, for years.

Folks may recall Michael Steele from the Republican National Convention. He's a brilliant, straight shooter. Prior to the election the Baltimore Sun said that the only thing that he brought to the ticket was the color of his skin.

Yesterday, the Gov.'s press secretary said that since being elected Gov. two years ago, the Sun has misspelled Ehrlich's name over 80 times. The Sun hates Republicans in general and they despise Ehrlich and Steele in particular.

I stopped buying the Sun over 20 years ago and I proudly stand behind my Governor in stiffing the Calvert Street Rag.

25 posted on 11/20/2004 7:32:59 AM PST by jackbill
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; little jeremiah

A quick search on Michael Olesker previous articles indicate that he may be a Fudge Packer for Kerry and rats posing as a journalist. Or at a minimum a pusher for Gay Marriage and the gay agenda. What is about the fudge packers and the pushers of the Gay Agenda how they have fantasies like Jason Blair and dare to print them as observations.

Below is the Yahoo search on Michael Olesker Gay, which shows a long history of pushing the Gay Marriage agenda:

http://search.yahoo.com/bin/search?p=Michael%20Olesker%20Gay


26 posted on 11/20/2004 7:35:07 AM PST by Grampa Dave (FNC/ABCNNBCBS & the MSM fishwraps are the Rathering Fraudcasters of America!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; little jeremiah

David Nitkin has a past of articles and editorials pushing the gay agenda and in particuliar the gay marriage mess:




http://search.yahoo.com/bin/search?p=David%20Nitkin%20%20Gay


27 posted on 11/20/2004 7:37:02 AM PST by Grampa Dave (FNC/ABCNNBCBS & the MSM fishwraps are the Rathering Fraudcasters of America!)
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To: sartorius
"What I was clearly intending to say for any discerning reader was that the ads were clearly meant to profit the governor politically, and for anyone to say otherwise, they would have to struggle to keep from smiling," Olesker said yesterday.

No, Olesker. What this shows is that you lied. You implied by your comments that you were at this meeting. You were not.

Jason Blair must be your mentor.

28 posted on 11/20/2004 7:54:47 AM PST by VeniVidiVici (Got Wood?)
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To: sartorius

Re your post #20, I have seen Lt. Gov. Michael Steele on TV, and the man is impressive, intelligent, thoughtful and extremely well-spoken. I think that he is going to rise above being lieutenant governor of Maryland.


29 posted on 11/20/2004 7:57:17 AM PST by OldPossum
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To: Grampa Dave
That sounds like the same bs I got from the WSJ when I complained in 1996 about the vile Al Hunt and his rat hirelings.

Did you get this little bit of good news yesterday?

Al Hunt Leaves 'WSJ' for Bloomberg

32 posted on 11/20/2004 8:27:40 AM PST by CFC__VRWC (It's not evidence of wrongdoing just because Democrats don't like the outcome.)
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To: CFC__VRWC; Miss Marple; SierraWasp

Well, I may have to subscribe to the internet version of the WSJ.

Thanks for the good news.

If Al Hunt went to Bloomberg, that exposes Bloomberg to be the left POS group many of us have felt.


33 posted on 11/20/2004 8:34:59 AM PST by Grampa Dave (FNC/ABCNNBCBS & the MSM fishwraps are the Rathering Fraudcasters of America!)
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To: sartorius
The more I think about the last election, the more I'm convinced that it wasn't just all about the voters embracing President Bush's agenda and rejecting Kerry. I think a huge part of it was a protest vote against the "Legacy" Media. I see more and more ordinary folks who are not at all interested in politics but still absolutely despise the media.

And the media's antics since the election - the constant stream of insults and invective hurled at Christians and the red states, the blaring, hateful purple prose about Bush's cabinet and agency shuffling, the open racism being directed at Dr. Rice, the attempt to create another Abu Ghraib by propagandizing the Fallujah mosque shooting, the heavy-breathing excitement with which they keep pushing the moonbat rumors about how Bush "stole" Ohio and Florida - are not doing a thing to make people like them or even trust them again. Don't journalists even now rank near used car salesmen and lawyers in people's perceptions of favorability? (Sorry for the insult to used car salesmen).

34 posted on 11/20/2004 8:48:32 AM PST by CFC__VRWC (It's not evidence of wrongdoing just because Democrats don't like the outcome.)
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To: Grampa Dave
Well, I may have to subscribe to the internet version of the WSJ.

My company gets the WSJ, and I read the editorial page every day. I skip the rest of it because of the liberal bias that is no doubt a result of Mr. Judy Woof-woof's odious influence.

Maybe soon I'll be able to read more of the paper.

35 posted on 11/20/2004 8:52:10 AM PST by CFC__VRWC (It's not evidence of wrongdoing just because Democrats don't like the outcome.)
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To: sartorius
This so-called newspaper is the biggest rag in the US.

My brother and his family live in Calvert County. Whenever I go up to visit them, the only paper I even bother with is the Washington Times. The others (the Sun and the Compost) aren't even worthy of parakeet cage liner.

36 posted on 11/20/2004 8:58:00 AM PST by CFC__VRWC (It's not evidence of wrongdoing just because Democrats don't like the outcome.)
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To: sartorius

Yeah, and Olesker is an absolute Clymer, more so than Clymer himself.


37 posted on 11/20/2004 9:07:20 AM PST by expatpat
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To: CFC__VRWC

"My company gets the WSJ, and I read the editorial page every day. I skip the rest of it because of the liberal bias that is no doubt a result of Mr. Judy Woof-woof's odious influence."

It is amazing how many left wing agenda articles appear in the WSJ. My wife and I go to the local library once a week for her to get books. So I scan the WSJ and read editorials. It is amazing how left wing some of the sections are. Of course, these people were hired by Hunt.

"Maybe soon I'll be able to read more of the paper.'

It will take a while for the bad stuff to be flushed out to join Hunt or the NY Slimes.


38 posted on 11/20/2004 9:07:48 AM PST by Grampa Dave (FNC/ABCNNBCBS & the MSM fishwraps are the Rathering Fraudcasters of America!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; Timesink; martin_fierro; reformed_democrat; Loyalist; =Intervention=; PianoMan; ..
Liberal McCarthyism (Zogbyism) continues...

Media Schadenfreude and Media Shenanigans PING

"There's no hiding the fact of The Sun's distaste for the results of this past election," said Greg Massoni, also a press secretary to Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., a Republican. "And they are perfectly entitled to that opinion. We have a grave problem with their editorial page taking over the news division, and apparently that's what's happened."

Sun Editor Timothy A. Franklin, the top newsroom executive, called such a suggestion "ridiculous on its face." He said, "The editorial board and the newsroom are distinctly separate departments of the company, on separate floors of the building. We don't know what they're going to write about, and they don't know what we're going to write about. And that's as it should be."

And the elevators DON'T WORK? Sheesh.

I'll remind FReepers of this internally linked memo from the Houston Chronicle that proves such allegations may not be unfounded in "journalism"...

Accidental Houston Chronicle memo admits to tainting the news with political agenda (Posted on 11/25/2002)

There isn't a more critical issue on the horizon. I propose a series of editorials, editorial cartoons and Sounding Board columns leading up to the rail referendum, with this specific objective: Continuing our long standing efforts to make rail a permanent part of the transit mix here.

The timing, language and approach of the paper's editorials would, of course, be the decision of the Editorial Board. But I suggest that they could be built upon and informed by a news-feature package with an equally specific focus:

And we also had this year's ABC (Halperin) memo (October 8, 2004):

We have a responsibility to hold both sides accountable to the public interest, but that doesn't mean we reflexively and artificially hold both sides "equally" accountable when the facts don't warrant that.

I'm sure many of you have this week felt the stepped up Bush efforts to complain about our coverage. This is all part of their efforts to get away with as much as possible with the stepped up, renewed efforts to win the election by destroying Senator Kerry at least partly through distortions.

It's up to Kerry to defend himself, of course. But as one of the few news organizations with the skill and strength to help voters evaluate what the candidates are saying to serve the public interest. Now is the time for all of us to step up and do that right.


40 posted on 11/21/2004 7:12:37 PM PST by weegee (WE FOUGHT ZOGBYISM November 2, 2004 - 60 Million Voters versus 60 Minutes - BUSH WINS!!!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

This is a bad move by the Governor IMO.

If you don't like the press you get...you have a right to reply.

BANNING freedom of speech is quite another.


41 posted on 11/21/2004 7:16:38 PM PST by Happygal (liberalism - a narrow tribal outlook largely founded on class prejudice)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
I would love to see more of this. I think pressers who distort their reporting should have their press credentials pulled.

Corporate America needs to wake up. Their ad money is financing the very people who are spreading anti-Americanism all over the world. If corporate America suffers as a result of this prejudice, it's their own fault.

42 posted on 11/21/2004 7:26:24 PM PST by McGavin999 (George Soros just learned a very expensive lesson-America can't be bought.)
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To: Happygal
While respecting your opinion ...
Ehrlich is certainly not banning freedom of speech - there is no bar to the Baltimore Sun spewing its biased, racist, arrogant coverage of the governor and his lieutenant. He has just stepped up and said "I will not continue to provide you with the ammunition to spew your liberal hate." Sounds responsible to me -- if the Bush administration had any cujones, they would withdraw Helen Thomas' press credentials (her diatribe was "The worst President in American History") and David Gregory, who never passes up a chance to take a cheap shot at W.
43 posted on 11/23/2004 7:40:31 PM PST by NoBullZone (Attempting to dispel ... bull*hit)
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