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Sun-Times Writer 'Harassed by Irate Republicans' Over 'Staunch Republican' for Dems Story
NewsBusters ^ | July 19, 2007 | Warner Todd Huston

Posted on 07/19/2007 7:56:11 AM PDT by PJ-Comix

Jennifer Hunter, the Chicago Sun-Times writer and wife of Sun-Times publisher John Cruickshank, who wrote the recent story skewered here on Newsbusters revealing a supposed "staunch Republican" from Philly who has suddenly decided to support the Democrats in 2008, has written a new piece today claiming she is being "harassed by a group of irate Republicans" because of her badly researched column. (The interviewee in her piece claimed to be a "staunch Republican" even as his cash donation records prove he almost exclusively supports Democrats) Her follow up, however, seems more like the kid caught with her hand in the cookie jar while blaming everyone around her as opposed to a satisfactory explanation of a failure to fully investigate her story.

Complaining... no, more like whining... that she has been flooded with "daily emails" calling her a liar and demanding that she be fired, Hunter-Cruickshank blames the headline writers instead of her own poor investigative work for the firestorm of criticism.

The grumbling arose partially because my editor took a small part of my story and made it into a headline: "GOP lawyer sold on Dems." Reporters don't write headlines, editors do. And they want to write something catchy so readers will read the darned story.

Certainly it is true that MSM columnists do not write their own headlines. But, it isn't the headline that is misleading it is her story and her failure to investigate the claims of her subject. Who can blame the headline writer for coming up with that headline, anyway? After one reads her original story, it seems the natural fit!

Her next obfuscation is a complaint that everyone is ignoring the actual thrust of her piece.

The story was not about the GOP lawyer; it was about the speeches five Democratic presidential candidates gave to a convention of trial lawyers (those two words "trial lawyers" also make Republicans crazy) last Sunday. As reporters usually do, I asked two attendees after the session what they thought about the speeches.

This claim is a bit disingenuous of her. Of the 17 paragraphs/sentences of her original story, 7 of them were about Ronca and his trial lawyer pals. That is close to half the story. Further, the piece started and ended with Ronca's comments while the comments of the Candidates fills the middle. This story easily reads as a story about Ronca's reaction to the candidate's statements as opposed to one focusing more on the candidate's comments.

But, this is the best line of her lamentation:

One of the men I interviewed, Jim Ronca, identified himself as a disgruntled Republican, fed up with the Bush White House, who was going to give his vote and money to Democrats. In my story I called him a "staunch Republican." His wife was standing by his side, and so was a friend, a Democrat from New York, Ted Oshman, neither of whom disputed Ronca's description of himself as a Republican.

Ah, I see. So, Ronca told her so, eh? She didn't need to do any checking, see, 'cuz the guy told her so. There. Problem solved.

So, Hunter's next story will be... "Mr. bin Ladden told me he is innocent and that he really loves puppies, Christians and a good Hollywood movie, and that he just doesn't understand why everyone is out to get him?" After all, Hunter was told it was true!

So, now all we have to do to be considered a "reporter" is to merely write what we are told and, viola... we have "news."

What happened to verifying facts, investigating a bit, eh?

She also tries to explain away Ronca's lack of supporting past GOP candidates with his financial donations but does not do a very satisfactory job.

Industrious partisans, upset that anyone calling himself a Republican could possibly think of supporting the Democrats, decided to "investigate" Ronca, an attorney from Philadelphia. And what they found, they told me, was a long history of Ronca giving more money to Democrats than Republicans. (In fact, much of the money he donated to Democrats was after George W. Bush was elected.)

Well, according to the public record, Ronca began to donate cash to Democrats in 1994. By my calendar, that is just a few years BEFORE Bush got into the White House, Mrs. Hunter-Cruickshank. Your protest rings a bit hollow there, doesn’t it?

Additionally, it is amusing that she calls us the "industrious partisans" here. After all, to belie the claim that it is she, rather than we, who is the partisan, she could easily have found some Democrats that are supporting Republican candidates this time around. You know, to prove she is unpartisan?

But, no. Instead of trying that, she finds even more people who claim to be Republicans but are supporting Democrats, making her ever the poster child for Democrats who want to further partisan ends.

Hunter ended her rambling piece detailing the less than sparkling grammar of some "Republican" emails she received taking her to task. She gives us these somewhat rudimentary (and rude) messages to make us think, I suppose, that all Republicans are of sub par intelligence. It is, of course, a straw man argument she makes, one that proves nothing.

Hunter should see some of the Democrat emails I get. The intemperance and vulgarity, not to mention the hate, in them would curl her hair. If one could write an email with a child’s fat crayon, some of the ones I get would surely be so created!

Anway, when you get to the end of her piece, you realize that her explanation for presenting a man who has but rarely donated campaign funds to a Republican as a "staunch Republican" is ONLY that he told her so.

Her failure at incredulity makes her nothing if not credulous.

I do have to say, though, as lame an attempt as it is, her need to answer to her critics makes me realize how powerful we really are out here. We have once again forced a member of the MSM to try and justify their lack of ethics and professionalism.

Good job Newsbusters!

I do have one final question, though. How does a writer based in Chicago get access to, or even alerted to, a "staunch Republican" in Philadelphia who wants to advertise that he is supporting the Democrats, anyway? Did a little birdie whisper Jim Ronca's name into Hunter's ear at some point?

Just wondering.


TOPICS: Front Page News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008electionbias; dnctalkingpoints; howtostealanelection; lyingliar; makingitup; mediabias; pajamapeoplerule; suntimes; waronerror; zogbyism
LOL! The days when reporters could write biased and misinformed stories without being called on it are OVER. Ms. Hunter acted like a kid caught with her hand in a cookie jar coming up with an incredibly LAME excuse. Sure, Jennifer. Blame it on your headline writer. BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!
1 posted on 07/19/2007 7:56:14 AM PDT by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix

Jennifer Hunter: Biased MSM road kill on the bi-directional news highway.


2 posted on 07/19/2007 8:02:11 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys: Can't drive, can't fly, can't ski, can't skipper a boat; but they know what's best for us)
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To: PJ-Comix
Dear Irates,

Great job!

Love,

Another Irate

3 posted on 07/19/2007 8:05:34 AM PDT by roses of sharon
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To: PJ-Comix
The final kicker for all you Republicans who read my column with a magnifying glass is a press release issued Wednesday: "One of Chicago's key Republican fund-raisers, CME Group Executive Chairman Terry Duffy today announced that he is endorsing Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for the 2008 election."

Hasn't it also been shown that this "key Republican fund-raiser" also donates to Democrats and only supports RINO's?

4 posted on 07/19/2007 8:13:49 AM PDT by techcor
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To: PJ-Comix
Related threads:

Wife of publisher won't retract story on Democrat donor who she claims is a “staunch Republican”

Chgo Sun-Times: Turning Big Dem Contributor into 'Staunch Republican'

GOP lawyer sold on Dems (Sun Times writer transforms major Dem donor into staunch Republican)

Republicans flip out over lawyer flap (SUN-TIMES NEWS-SKANK NAILED BY "RIGHT-WING WEB SITES")

5 posted on 07/19/2007 8:45:40 AM PDT by lowbridge (If You’re Gonna Burn Our Flag, Wrap Yourself in It First /No Oil for Pacifists)
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To: PJ-Comix

Oh no...not the old lifelong Republican trick again!? It’s getting about as cliched as the Nigerian bank scam these days.


6 posted on 07/19/2007 8:57:45 AM PDT by xp38
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To: lowbridge

I wish there was a way to scam these scammers the way you have the Nigerians. :)


7 posted on 07/19/2007 8:59:49 AM PDT by xp38
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To: PJ-Comix

The Reportisoris hates the internet!!

Pray for W and Our Troops


8 posted on 07/19/2007 9:05:28 AM PDT by bray (Member of the FR President Bush underground)
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To: PJ-Comix

Note to John Cruickshank:

It might be better to give the little wifey a job covering society weddings.


9 posted on 07/19/2007 9:11:29 AM PDT by stop_fascism
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To: PJ-Comix

Liberal media: The story is true, even though the evidence is false.


10 posted on 07/19/2007 9:13:47 AM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Elections have consequences.)
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To: PJ-Comix
How does a writer based in Chicago get access to, or even alerted to, a "staunch Republican" in Philadelphia who wants to advertise that he is supporting the Democrats, anyway? Did a little birdie whisper Jim Ronca's name into Hunter's ear at some point?

The "staunch Republican" is probably a professional "man in the street" the Dems keep around for interviews like this. Like that guy that kept popping up as a "regular joe" in interviews in New Yawk, when Hillary was going around lying to everyone and doling out pardons to terrorists when she was trying to trick human beings into voting for her.

she is being "harassed by a group of irate Republicans" because of her badly researched column.

Excellent!! Free exchange of ideas. She can write her not-at-all-researched-crap, and we can inform her and the public of The Truth. It just goes to show, if you do your homework and aren't afraid to be a little aggresive, liberals are easy to slap down like the pedantics they are.

11 posted on 07/19/2007 9:17:58 AM PDT by subterfuge (Today, Tolerance =greatest virtue;Hypocrisy=worst character defect; Discrimination =worst atrocity)
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To: techcor

Hasn’t it also been shown that this “key Republican fund-raiser” also donates to Democrats and only supports RINO’s?”

I would be interested in more info on this.
We need to keep a track of the “RINO comes out of the closet” stories.

I don’t think any real *CONSERVATIVE* could find a single thing appealing about the incompetent anti-win-the-GWOT hostile-to-freedom tax-and-spend class-warfare-waging anti-energy anti-capitalist traditional-marriage-busting Democratic party.


12 posted on 07/19/2007 9:29:10 AM PDT by WOSG ( Don't tell me what you are against, tell me what you are FOR.)
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To: PJ-Comix
claiming she is being "harassed by a group of irate Republicans" because of her badly researched column. (The interviewee in her piece claimed to be a "staunch Republican" even as his cash donation records prove he almost exclusively supports Democrats)

It would have taken 30 seconds to verify the contributions of this "staunch Republican".

LOL... Yet another example of the layers of editors and fact checkers at the MSM that the Internet users and Bloggers just don't have.

13 posted on 07/19/2007 9:35:48 AM PDT by RJL
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To: PJ-Comix
Reporters need to made to understand that printing lies is not just a little thing: It is a grave offense that should have grave consequences.

Peter Arnet, Mary Mapes, Dan Rather and a hundred others have inflicted outrages on the public that are far more serious than any of the the lies Ken Lay and the Enron types have answered for.

We need to keep journalist's feet to the fire: The battle for the media is the most important struggle we are fighting.

14 posted on 07/19/2007 9:58:02 AM PDT by Mad_as_heck (The MSM - America's (domestic) public enemy #1.)
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To: PJ-Comix
One of the men I interviewed, Jim Ronca, identified himself as a disgruntled Republican, fed up with the Bush White House, who was going to give his vote and money to Democrats.

In my story I called him a "staunch Republican." His wife was standing by his side, and so was a friend, a Democrat from New York, Ted Oshman, neither of whom disputed Ronca's description of himself as a Republican.

Dear Al Gore,
I luv your Internet thingy. It's amazing what one can find...

James Ronca Contribution List in 2000

James Ronca Contribution List in 2002

James Ronca Contribution List in 2004

James Ronca Contribution List in 2006

I don't know, but I don't believe giving $500 to Arlen and a measly $250 to some Greenleaf guy makes one a "staunch Republican" while giving THOUSANDS to Demoncrats of all stripes.

And if I can find this in two minutes I would think Jennifer Hunter could too. But that would ruin her 'See, everyone hates Bush' story now wouldn't it.

Wait ... I know ... it was in her article but the editor deleted it. Yeah, that's the ticket!!

15 posted on 07/19/2007 10:17:32 AM PDT by Condor51 (Rudy makes John Kerry look like a Right Wing 'Gun Nut' Extremist)
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To: stop_fascism

That’s what she was doing up until about a year ago. Hunter-Cruickshank was a “lifestyle” columnist.


16 posted on 07/19/2007 10:36:15 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: WOSG

I just wish one of them would be caught by a Fox reporter with questions like: “So you use to believe that the 2nd Amendment meant individuals could carry arms but now realize that it only applies to militias. How did that happen?” Or on any subject that these so-called Republicans have switched on. I guarantee you they would look totally shocked because they know they will never be questioned about such things.


17 posted on 07/19/2007 11:03:09 AM PDT by techcor
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To: PJ-Comix

Sure Jennifer, cover up your incompetence by claiming victim status... You are a classic whinning Dimocrat


18 posted on 07/19/2007 11:03:19 AM PDT by rockthecasbah (He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat.)
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To: Chi-townChief

Truth is funnier than fiction, everytime.


19 posted on 07/19/2007 11:07:21 AM PDT by stop_fascism
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To: xp38

Ah, they make fools of themselves long before I can get my hands on them. :-)


20 posted on 07/19/2007 2:55:24 PM PDT by lowbridge (If You’re Gonna Burn Our Flag, Wrap Yourself in It First /No Oil for Pacifists)
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To: N. Theknow
Jennifer Hunter: Biased MSM road kill on the bi-directional news highway.

No, this little goofball is not going to lose a job, she's sleeping with the publisher. But I'd be willing to bet that these nights, they're not sleeping as peacefully as they used to.

When you're married to someone different than who you work with, your spouse becomes a refuge from the slings and arrows of your job. Marry into the career, and you've traded consolation for job security.

21 posted on 07/19/2007 2:59:13 PM PDT by hunter112 (Change will happen when very good men are forced to do very bad things.)
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To: PJ-Comix

“One of the men I interviewed, Jim Ronca, identified himself as a disgruntled Republican, fed up with the Bush White House, who was going to give his vote and money to Democrats. In my story I called him a “staunch Republican.” His wife was standing by his side, and so was a friend, a Democrat from New York, Ted Oshman, neither of whom disputed Ronca’s description of himself as a Republican.”

Ms. Hunter says she is a “journalist.”

I have yet to see any evidence of such. She has a job at a newspaper, and writes, but little else.


22 posted on 07/19/2007 8:51:45 PM PDT by SpinyNorman (The ACLU empowers terrorists and criminals, weakens America, and degrades our society.)
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