How did I learn about this? A friend emailed me a link to a story in The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, of all places. I also saw a reference in John Micek's Capitol Ideas, a Morning Call blog. So one of my sources is The Morning Call, like it or not.
After posting my blog, I read all kinds of accusations that The Morning Call was a Republican paper out to suppress this story. It would never see the light of day. I expressed some reservations. But lead prosecutor Bernie Kieklak, who doubles as Lisa Boscola's chief of staff, insists that The Morning Call has an "obvious BIAS against reporting anything negative about any Republican state legislator." He even went so far as to promise to kiss both Ron Angle and Jolly Joe Timmer should the paper ever decide to run a story. Here's just some of what he says.
It would ONLY be news to the Morning Gall IF it involved a Democratic legislator. Charlie Dent could fart tomorrow and he'd get accolades on the front page. If a Dem did that, the paper would blast him or her for causing global warming!Bernie's a funny and persuasive writer. He's also completely wrong. Here's why. First, in Wednesday's Morning Call, Bill White has a scathing column, branding Doug Reichley as the "Babe Ruth of PSA sluggers." Second, Micek tells me he started writing a story about PSAs last week and intends to finish it. He was disrupted by an unavoidable family emergency. Third, editor Pete Lefler notes The Morning Call has published detailed investigative reports about leadership accounts in 2003 and 2004, when Republicans were in charge.
This is not the ONLY time this has happened. This is a pattern that is premeditated and predictable. And it's bullshit. I bet Reichley is laughing his Nazi ass off right now!
I was taught in Journalism School that "Newspapers are the lamps that light the truth." More like lapdogs that lay down and look the other way.
I'll double your bet and raise you! The Morning Gall will NEVER print a single word about Reichley and Harhart's PSAs for this entire year. Double or nothing?
I've learned to be careful about throwing around media bias charges. A few years ago, antiwar advocates were arrested for handing out leaflets on a public sidewalk near the Palmer post office. Both local papers eloquently condemned these criminal prosecutions, and District Attorney John Morganelli was so moved he dismissed the charges on his own motion. You don't see that every day. That's just one example of the important role an independent press plays in a democracy.
Bernie, pucker up!