On its Facebook page, The Union is touting “Patty Meckler’s voting troubles” for Friday’s newspaper.
It is a story already being promoted by Mark Meckler and George Rebane in the blogosphere. The details, and George’s and Mark’s very own spin, is here.
The Union’s editor/publisher has long given Tea Party Patriot’s co-leader Mark Meckler an ear, and in my mind and many others, favorable treatment, as I have reported here previously. Yet it has not reported the controversies surrounding Mark and the Tea Party.
When I raise this to some people in the community, I’m told, “Oh, Jeff. That’s for political reasons.” Huh? The county went for Charlie Brown, not Tom McClintock, in the last Congressional election here. More people would pick up The Union if they felt it was more balanced.
In the clerk-recorder’s race, The Union’s reporting was biased toward challenger Barry Pruett, as I’ve reported previously. Examples abound, and the details are here.
As you can see from the posts on Thursday, the nonpartisan clerk-recorder race is over — but the opponents can’t seem to accept that. Or The Union, I suppose. It is a sad commentary on our community — for elections and for journalism.
But memories are long, so it will be interesting to see the fallout in the future.
As somebody commented on George’s blog: “I think Meckler is being coy. TPP de facto endorsed Pruett, Spencer, McClintock, et al. They say they’re not a political party when it suits their purposes, but also want to march into a poll station wearing their Red Shirts. Give me a break. Yes, Mark is a lawyer and can finesse the law to the letter, but what is the intent? I believe the idea is to remove politics from the polls. And TPP is political as can be. Any claims that they are not hard right wing need to reconcile with their anti-Obama inflamatory behaviors.”
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