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Political Faces and Labels (Washington Post readers complian about pathetic campaign reporting)
The Washington Post ^ | October 21, 2006 | Various disgusted people

Posted on 10/21/2006 6:44:13 AM PDT by Dems_R_Losers

Regarding "In Key Races, Democrats Look at Rivals' Personal Lives; Amid Voter Disgust Over Foley Scandal, Strategists Believe Attacks on GOP at Local Level Won't Backfire" [news story, Oct. 13] and "Democratic Faces That Could Launch Thousands of Votes; With a Parade of Attractive Candidates, the Party May Benefit From the Politics of Beauty" [front page, Oct. 14]:

The Post reported approvingly of Democrats running congressional campaigns based on personal destruction of their opponents and on their candidates' physical appearances.

What happened to issue and policy differences? The Post seems to have conceded that Democratic candidates are unable to defeat Republicans based on the issues.


The Oct. 16 front-page story "Hastert's Team Mentality to Be Tested as Foley Scandal Unfolds" by Michael Grunwald and Jim VandeHei crossed a line for me.

The presentation on the front page gave readers no clue that they would be wading into "color commentary" rather than serious reporting. The tone of the piece made me wonder whether I had skipped to the Style section by mistake, and it was perhaps not even appropriate for Style. objection is not partisan. I simply believe that a newspaper of The Post's stature has a responsibility to label opinion and feature writing for what it is.

A longtime subscriber, I rarely have anything critical to say about The Post. However, I was bothered that the "Hastert's Team Mentality" story included the following phrase about House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert:

"He looks like a cross between actor Wilford Brimley and Jabba the Hutt. . . ."

The context was to show that Hastert is not a made-for-television kind of guy.

The statement came across as a cheap shot demeaning to the speaker and The Post.

(Excerpt) Read more at ...

TOPICS: Extended News; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: losers; msm; post; sorry
Check out the link. Lots of complaints from all sides of the political aisle. The Post is becoming a cheap tabloid, and not even a good one at that. Is it any wonder all of our major newspapers are hemorrhaging money and slashing payrolls? The most serious issues ever are being debated in this campaign, and we get stories about Republicans' sex lives, Democrats' pretty faces, and Speaker Hastert's rumpled appearance.
1 posted on 10/21/2006 6:44:14 AM PDT by Dems_R_Losers
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To: Dems_R_Losers

Now that we have the internet with sites like FR, Newsbusters, and Rathergate we can see what "newspapers" like the Post choose to print, and likely why.

If only we'd had this tool in '73.

Nixon thought like FDR he could burgle his political oponents with impunity. He didn't figure out that there was one set of rules for FDR and another for him. Too bad.

The TV networks and Hollywood movies created the Post: David v Goliath with the Post as David. We all know today who the real David was.

2 posted on 10/21/2006 6:57:41 AM PDT by kjo
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To: Dems_R_Losers
The poster child for Democrats running a "pretty boy" who is an air-head is Heath Shuler. He's a former (failed) NFL quarterback who is an empty suit. Here in the 11th District of North Carolina he's referred to as "a himbo." Think bimbo, but male.

And yet, he's going to win in this conservative District.

Why? Because he bills himself as "a conservative" with "Western Carolina values." He's no such thing, of course, as he will prove when he gets in office, by voting down the line for Nancy Pelosi and for the unions which have supported and funded his campaign.

He will defeat Charles Taylor, a 16-year, well-wired incumbent. And the truth is that no opponent defeats such an incumbent. Such moss backs are defeated only by their own prior mistakes. And good ol' Charlie has a long list of potential felonies on his record -- mostly games with public money for personal benefit -- for which he has not yet been indicted.

The Republicans are pouring upwards of $1 million trying to save this seat. Charlie has dropped in $1.6 of his own money (he's one of the wealthiest men in Western Carolina), all to no avail.

I knew that this was the probable outcome. That's why I ran against Charlie in the primary. (Lost. Got 20% of the vote, however.) And that's why I am looking at the possibility of running against Shuler in 2008.

So on the subject of pretty-boy Democrat candidates, I've been there, seen that, bought the T-shirt.

Congressman Billybob

Latest article: "An Open Letter to President Bollinger"

Please see my most recent new statement on running for Congress, here.

3 posted on 10/21/2006 7:10:59 AM PDT by Congressman Billybob (Have a look-see. Please get involved.)
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To: Dems_R_Losers
One of the complainers is Frank K. Flinn of St. Louis, Missouri, my home town. This is how Mr. Flinn starts his letter:

This election like no other is about issues, real issues: the second Iraq war; warrantless spying on citizens; global warming; a national debt rising higher than a thermometer in Belize; torture; a president who has misled the public; atomic bombs; and a congressional majority that has covered up its own sins.

A little more about Mr. Flinn:

Frank Flinn Adjunct Professor, Religious Studies Expertise: separation of church and state [he is for it], legal rights of religious groups, public display of religious symbols [he is against it], federal funding of faith-based organizations, religious splinter groups, cults [he likes them], paramilitary organizations....

He also is an expert on the legal rights of religious groups, especially those of cults

Mr. Flinn is what passes for religious learning at my Alma Mater and I am sure a good example of WaPo readers.

4 posted on 10/21/2006 7:23:07 AM PDT by Bahbah (Shalit, Goldwasser and Regev, we are praying for you)
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To: Congressman Billybob
Your letter re Bollinger is great and the comments on that thread are priceless.

The Washington Post has become a rag of a newspaper and a cesspool which reflects the general "dumbing down" of our society. Not exactly a surprise, but certainly sad, nonetheless.
5 posted on 10/21/2006 7:38:32 AM PDT by khnyny (God Bless the Republic for which it stands)
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To: Dems_R_Losers
The whole Macaca reporting was just a load of caca...

Actually, "macaca" means, "He who takes ROTC weapon and points it at black man while utteruing the "N-word". Sometimes alternately spelled "W-E-B-B".

I'm sure there will be a correction and an apology on the front page of the Washington Post on Sunday.

6 posted on 10/21/2006 7:57:11 AM PDT by Doctor Raoul (New York Times? Get a rope!)
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To: Dems_R_Losers

The WashPost is (consciously and unconsciously) letting the liberal blogs direct their reporting.

The liberals' internet is destroying the liberals' biggest asset: the media. Media needs to at least appear to attempt impartiality.

7 posted on 10/21/2006 8:09:33 AM PDT by mrsmith
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To: mrsmith

But still most of the ignorant voters in the nation get their news from the Big 3. If they do not vote on real issues, pretty boy or girl candidates that are Dems will win and smears of W have been inculcated for almost 6 years. It is alot of lying to overcome in just 17 days.

8 posted on 10/21/2006 10:56:31 AM PDT by phillyfanatic
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