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Daschle Mute on Argus Leader Link; South Dakota Probe Widens
Talon News ^ | 06/13/03 | Jeff Gannon

Posted on 06/13/2003 6:31:56 AM PDT by bedolido

WASHINGTON (Talon News) -- The ethical saga surrounding South Dakota's largest newspaper took another turn away from resolution as spokespersons for Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) ignored calls to clarify the relationship between their boss and the political reporter of the homestate newspaper, the Argus Leader.

Calls from Talon News to Steve Hildebrand, manager for Daschle's re-election campaign and Steve Erpenbach, Daschle's State Director were not returned yesterday.

A Sioux Falls businessman touched off the controversy last week when he called for the Argus Leader to disclose the relationship between its political reporter David Kranz and Sen. Daschle that stretches back 35 years. Executive Editor Randell Beck refused that request, despite the ethics controversy that recently enveloped the New York Times. Randell told Talon News, "He [Kranz] works for me and I'm not going to allow Dave to get into a pissing match with a guy who makes this stuff up."

Neal Tapio, a potential Daschle challenger in next year's senate race suggests that Kranz's association has benefited the four-term senator and other Democrats. In his press release he says, "It is no secret that many in South Dakota have been suspicious of the manner in which Kranz spins political stories."

Tapio cites articles in the New York Times and Roll Call that have noted how Kranz and the Argus Leader have "unfairly reported on Republican office-holders." He maintains that the newspaper's refusal to report Daschle's low polling numbers and his wife Linda's lobbying activities on behalf of the airline industry, Boeing, and Schering-Plough are further evidence of pro-Daschle bias.

Tapio asserts that Kranz's reporting over the years has been unusually favorable to the South Dakota Democrat and similarly harsh to Republicans. In 1990, the New York Times called the Argus Leader "vituperative" in its bias against Former Senator Larry Pressler (R-SD) under the leadership of then Managing Editor Kranz. Ironically, in a recent editorial Beck wrote, "Mostly, though, the saga at The Times represents a simple, if shocking, confirmation of what can happen when editors relinquish their responsibility to a newspaper and its readers."

An insider at the Argus Leader told Talon News of "a siege mentality" that has developed in the newsroom. Since the initial telephone conversation with Beck, no further comment was offered despite multiple requests by Talon News. After Tapio made his charges on a KELO radio program, Beck cancelled his regular appearance on the show. Beck also failed to respond to a suggestion from Talon News to appear on KSOO radio's Viewpoint University talk show to answer the questions that now plague the publication.

Tapio renewed his criticism of the Argus Leader in a press release this week in which he called on Beck to follow his own ethics rules. He quotes the newspaper's published code of ethics that states: "We will strive to include all sides of the story and not take sides in news coverage."

Tapio cites Daschle's media consultant Karl Struble's strategy of media manipulation and asks, "Was Dave Kranz a willing or unwilling accomplice in this strategy?"

Beck fueled more controversy during a radio interview on May 22, 2003 when responding to a question about the lobbying activities of Daschle's wife Linda he emphatically stated the Argus Leader "doesn't report on the wives of political candidates." But an investigation indicates otherwise.

The Argus Leader wrote a 1995 editorial critical of Marianne Gingrich, wife of the House Speaker, Republican Newt Gingrich, for taking a position with Israel Export Development Company. The newspaper wrote, "The spouses of U.S. leaders should be held to a high standard: Not only should they avoid impropriety, they should avoid all appearances of impropriety."

In 1990, the South Dakota newspaper published a thirty-six-paragraph article about Harriet Pressler, wife of Republican Sen. Larry Pressler that suggested the senator had used his office to help his wife's real estate business. By contrast, the recent purchase of a $2 million Washington, DC home by Sen. Daschle and his wife is mentioned by the paper in only five sentences.

Tuesday's New York Times reported on a $20 billion Pentagon plan to lease air-refueling tankers from the Boeing Company. The newspaper cited that liberal and conservative groups opposed to the arrangement called it a "sweetheart deal" that must be approved by Congress. The article pointed out that Boeing has hired lobbyist Linda Daschle, the wife of the Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle to represent the company. South Dakota's largest newspaper did not find that story newsworthy, having yet to make any reference to it at all.

Linda Daschle's lobbying has long been a source of potential conflict of interest issues. Her firm's clients include American Airlines, a recent recipient of billions in taxpayer funds to keep the company in business. Another client, L-3 International, a manufacturer of baggage screening equipment, won a lucrative contract from the Federal Aviation Administration in 2000.

Mrs. Daschle had been an official with the FAA before joining the lobbying firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman and Caldwell. Tapio's press release takes the newspaper to task asking, "Shouldn't the Argus Leader be concerned with the influence peddling of a Senator while financially benefiting at the expense of public policy, and the relationship of lobbyists and U. S. leaders?"

Even the Daschles' refusal to make their income tax returns public didn't get a notice from the same publication that aggressively pursued Harriet Pressler a decade ago. When Kranz was with the Mitchell Daily Republic in 1982, he wrote an opinion piece that praised Mr. Daschle for releasing his income tax returns and criticized his opponent Clint Roberts for not doing so. But Kranz was silent when the Daschles' announced they would not release last year's returns. It is estimated that their return would reveal a combined income estimated at $6 million, most of it from Mrs. Daschle's lobbying.

In the course of investigating what may have been an innocuous association decades ago, serious ethical questions have arisen. The refusal of both Kranz and Daschle to acknowledge their relationship has spawned a probe by Talon News and others who are examining the Argus Leader's reporting during the tenure of David Kranz. Staffers at the newspaper are being interviewed about editorial directives and story assignments that might support or contradict Tapio's claims of bias.

Copyright © 2003 Talon News -- All rights reserved.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: argus; dakota; daschle; leader

1 posted on 06/13/2003 6:31:57 AM PDT by bedolido
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To: bedolido
BTTT
2 posted on 06/13/2003 6:35:50 AM PDT by Unicorn
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To: bedolido
Uh-oh! The "Ivory Tower" is on fire!
3 posted on 06/13/2003 6:35:55 AM PDT by TommyDale
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To: bedolido
Bump!
4 posted on 06/13/2003 6:36:24 AM PDT by TroutStalker
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To: bedolido
For anyone interested, here's an interesting SD political blog.
5 posted on 06/13/2003 6:40:02 AM PDT by mewzilla
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To: bedolido
Randell told Talon News, "He [Kranz] works for me and I'm not going to allow Dave to get into a pissing match with a guy who makes this stuff up."

Sounds like the probe ought to be expanded to include finding if Randell has any ties to Daschle or the Dims.

6 posted on 06/13/2003 6:42:14 AM PDT by savedbygrace
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To: da_toolman
Ping


7 posted on 06/13/2003 6:42:50 AM PDT by phasma proeliator (it's better to die with honor than to live without it.)
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To: bedolido
nice, keep the heat on
8 posted on 06/13/2003 6:44:23 AM PDT by jern
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To: bedolido
Puhleese!!! Can't we put this all behind us? I have work to do for my consituents!

Of course that $Million plus house we're building here in D.C. is of "little" consequence. {like me?}

9 posted on 06/13/2003 6:46:31 AM PDT by Young Werther
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To: bedolido
I'm saddened!
10 posted on 06/13/2003 6:57:32 AM PDT by ringgold (A pirate looks at 40!)
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To: ringgold
I'm saddened!

for quotes from Mr Dashole, please use an appropriate font.

11 posted on 06/13/2003 7:00:17 AM PDT by bedolido
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To: bedolido
EXCELLENT!The mere fact that"Puff's"seat is in danger DELIGHTS me!!How about the fact that his wife lobbied Congress(on behalf of Boeing)to get DOD to lease(instead of buy)a Shi*Load of 767's to replace ageing USAF tankers.It has become apparent that a much better deal would be to PURCHASE said aircraft and,a much better deal to just upgrade the existing fleet of aircraft.I know that Linda can't "Lobby" old "Puff",but did he vote on this and other Linda related bills???We don't need to "Reform" campaign-finance laws.As BeelzeBubba proved,we just need to ABIDE by them!!If the need for "Reform"is crying out from anywhere,it's this criminal practice called"LOBBYING"!!!!!!!
12 posted on 06/13/2003 7:00:45 AM PDT by bandleader
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To: bedolido
Sorry about that - the coffee hasn't kicked in yet.
13 posted on 06/13/2003 7:02:51 AM PDT by ringgold (A pirate looks at 40!)
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To: bedolido
Well, well, well, another crooked newspaper. Imagine that! Bias in the news. Oh my!
14 posted on 06/13/2003 7:03:33 AM PDT by Sunshine Sister
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To: bedolido

"Stop worrying. They will NEVER explore that the dead in Dakota voted for you.
If they do, we will use the stolen FBI files on them, as before."

15 posted on 06/13/2003 7:06:50 AM PDT by Diogenesis (If you mess with one of us, you mess with all of us)
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To: bedolido
Not much of a story here yet. Maybe more info will come out later.
16 posted on 06/13/2003 7:22:41 AM PDT by George W. Bush
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To: George W. Bush
Not much of a story here yet. Maybe more info will come out later.

I hope so. any muddying of the waters helps to fight his political machine in SD.

17 posted on 06/13/2003 7:28:50 AM PDT by bedolido
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To: bedolido
I believe that is a "shouting Dashole" font, right?
18 posted on 06/13/2003 7:31:33 AM PDT by gathersnomoss
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To: bedolido
South Dakota will vote his ass in again. Plus the dead indians don't know about this when they go vote.
19 posted on 06/13/2003 7:38:53 AM PDT by NC Conservative
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To: George W. Bush
This looks meaty:
[Executive Editor Randell] Beck fueled more controversy during a radio interview on May 22, 2003 when responding to a question about the lobbying activities of Daschle's wife Linda he emphatically stated the Argus Leader "doesn't report on the wives of political candidates." But an investigation indicates otherwise.

The Argus Leader wrote a 1995 editorial critical of Marianne Gingrich, wife of the House Speaker, Republican Newt Gingrich... The newspaper wrote, "The spouses of U.S. leaders should be held to a high standard: Not only should they avoid impropriety, they should avoid all appearances of impropriety."

In 1990, the South Dakota newspaper published a thirty-six-paragraph article about Harriet Pressler, wife of Republican Sen. Larry Pressler...


20 posted on 06/13/2003 7:43:31 AM PDT by William McKinley (He has given me not answers, but questions- an invitation to marvel!)
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To: bedolido
Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble.
21 posted on 06/13/2003 7:46:35 AM PDT by Pan_Yans Wife (Lurking since 2000.)
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To: bedolido
Dash hole has been extremely quiet these days.

A deeply troubled man.

22 posted on 06/13/2003 8:06:58 AM PDT by skeeter (Fac ut vivas)
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To: George W. Bush
Not much of a story here yet. Maybe more info will come out later.

To me the real story is the vile little Dakotan gnome is finally keeping his mouth shut! Let's count our blessings. :-)

23 posted on 06/13/2003 8:14:39 AM PDT by Coop (God bless our troops!)
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To: bedolido; BOBTHENAILER; DakotaGator
Bedolido, If you have a SD ping list, please put me on it. floriduh voter
24 posted on 06/13/2003 8:26:25 AM PDT by floriduh voter (http:///www.conservative-spirit.org)
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To: Coop
The Dakota gnome is shredding and I can see the size of that pile.
25 posted on 06/13/2003 8:29:30 AM PDT by floriduh voter (http:///www.conservative-spirit.org)
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To: William McKinley
Great finds re the duplicity of this left wing fishwrap.
26 posted on 06/13/2003 8:30:42 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Evil Old White Devil Californian Grampa for big Al Sharpton and Nader in primaries!)
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To: bedolido
D'oh! I'm saddened, deeply saddened, to learn of these journalistic improprieties.
27 posted on 06/13/2003 8:39:38 AM PDT by Sloth ("I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!" -- Jacobim Mugatu, 'Zoolander')
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To: Sloth
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28 posted on 06/13/2003 9:55:56 AM PDT by upchuck (Contribute to "Republicans for Al Sharpton for President in 2004." Dial 1-800-SLAPTHADONKEY :)
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To: bedolido
Dysfunctional Daschle??

Surely you jest!

</sarcasm off
29 posted on 06/13/2003 10:08:48 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: bedolido
I refuse to believe that Tom Dashole could be invovled in anything shady or backroomish....

/sarcasm

30 posted on 06/13/2003 10:22:24 AM PDT by b4its2late (It is bad to suppress laughter; it goes back down and spreads to your hips.)
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To: floriduh voter; William McKinley; Liz
[Executive Editor Randell] Beck fueled more controversy during a radio interview on May 22, 2003 when responding to a question about the lobbying activities of Daschle's wife Linda he emphatically stated the Argus Leader "doesn't report on the wives of political candidates." But an investigation indicates otherwise.

SD Republicans and national Repubs need to build on this. No more liberal passes on unethical behavior allowed.

31 posted on 06/13/2003 12:15:20 PM PDT by BOBTHENAILER (One by one, we're ridding the world of vermin. RATs are next!!)
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To: BOBTHENAILER
It appears the Argus Leader is in lockstep with Daschle and the Dummycrats. And in the process, the paper seems to have violated journo ethics if not actual laws. This is gonna be good. Stay tuned.
32 posted on 06/13/2003 4:36:04 PM PDT by Liz
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To: BOBTHENAILER
Yeah...

WE'RE FED UP

AND WE'RE NOT

GONNA TAKE IT

ANYMORE!!!!!

:o)
33 posted on 06/13/2003 4:40:27 PM PDT by txrangerette
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To: bedolido
The correct response to outrageous bias like this one is not "oh bias again, big surprise"...as I've seen with some posts here. Once you get jaded, you're no longer an important player in changing minds politically. You've become a curmudgeon. The depths of the media's corruptness never surprises me and the fact that the Argus Leader's misbeahvior even drew a reproach from the liberal New York Times means that they really crossed the boundaries of journalistic integrity. Demanding media accountibility means pressuring for media reform- a transparency that is absolutely vital and missing in the American system. The media, especially newspapers (which hold monopolies in most cities due to industry dynamics) are untouchable- it's time to put them under the control of the people. I am working on a policy proposal of "Media Reform" which will encourage such accountibility. Hopefully, we Freepers will put our heads together and come up with some ideas along these lines.
34 posted on 06/13/2003 4:41:14 PM PDT by jagrmeister
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To: William McKinley
Drudge needs to get on this ASAP.
35 posted on 06/13/2003 4:44:24 PM PDT by MonroeDNA (Unions and Marxists say, " Workers of the world unite!")
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To: bedolido
This has legs.

How do we send this to Drudge?
36 posted on 06/13/2003 4:45:38 PM PDT by MonroeDNA (Unions and Marxists say, " Workers of the world unite!")
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To: bedolido
The cockroaches at the Argus Leader will go into full goerbols mode to re-elect their head cockroach.
37 posted on 06/13/2003 4:46:41 PM PDT by Bullish
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To: hellinahandcart; sauropod; dighton; Poohbah; PhiKapMom; Common Tator; LurkerNoMore!; ...
Deeply saddened, with many troubling questions, Ping!
38 posted on 06/13/2003 5:33:44 PM PDT by Stultis
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To: Stultis
LOL!!! I bet you are as deeply saddened as I am -- wonder if this is why there is deafening silence out of him!
39 posted on 06/13/2003 6:01:02 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (Bush Cheney '04 - VICTORY IN '04 -- $4 for '04 - www.GeorgeWBush.com/donate/)
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To: phasma proeliator
JD Challenger???
40 posted on 06/13/2003 6:11:20 PM PDT by Walkingfeather (C)
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To: phasma proeliator
I've long said "Argus Leader" is more like "Argus Liar"
41 posted on 06/13/2003 9:58:24 PM PDT by da_toolman (Don't tread on me.)
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To: bedolido
mailto:dkranz@argusleader.com
42 posted on 06/13/2003 10:16:13 PM PDT by DPB101 ("I just like the tribal culture of a newsroom"--former NYT executive editor Howell Raines.)
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To: da_toolman
tommy two tongues has many friends in the state, most of them residing in the slums east of the Missouri River. If Souix Falls and all Indian Reservations, were to sink into the earth, the state would be even more solidly Republican than it already is. A fact the argus liar is well aware of and so in the interest of fairness they have established their present editorial policy.
43 posted on 06/14/2003 6:01:21 AM PDT by wita (truthspeaks@freerepublic.com)
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To: bedolido
BTTT
44 posted on 06/14/2003 6:28:46 AM PDT by AlGone2001 (If liberals must lie to advance their agenda, why is liberalism good for me?)
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To: wita
The argusny continues:

Another Daschle Link to Beleaguered Newspaper Revealed

45 posted on 06/17/2003 7:03:15 AM PDT by Stultis
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To: bandleader
Linda Daschle's flunkies at the lobbying firm, where she gets $6 million a year selling access to her husband [# from Insight mag as reported in the southdakotapolitics blog], issued a statement and got the NYT and AP to "correct" the story.

The statement said, verbatim, "Linda Hall Daschle does not lobby senators on behalf of her clients."

If it hadn't been a service to a fellow Democrat, the Times and AP would never have fallen for that old trick. If you put your Democrat-parsing skills, so hard-won during the years of Clinton Chicanery, to use, that translates to, "Linda Hall Daschle doesn't lobby the senators -- with whom she might be at a disadvantage. She goes directly to the Senate staffers, who are most vulnerable to the pressure she and hubby put on."

I hope she's saving all that money that she's supposedly making with all her lobbying skill, because when Tommy retires due to ill health (the voters, unlike his love-gerbils at the Argus, being sick of him), zot! Her lobbying skill will have shown a mysterious decline, and she will no longer be able to pull in multi-mils with no heavy lifting.

This is why Democrats have all that concern about poor people. If most of them ever had to stop relying on graft, they would be the poor people.

d.o.l.

Criminal Number 18F

46 posted on 06/17/2003 6:28:48 PM PDT by Criminal Number 18F
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