A week ago, I participated in a televised debate with the UNT Chair of the College Republicans.
How did I do?
I was like Cliff Lee in Game 3 of the 2010 ALCS.
The chair of the College Republicans claimed that the reason why Governor Perry was not getting fair coverage in the media was because there was a liberal slant in their reporting.
Oh no… it’s not because the Governor
has given newspaper editorial boards the finger has refused to meet with newspaper editorial boards. The so-called liberal media elites in this state hate Rick Perry.
Which newspaper did the Governor call his “favorite newspaper” again?
The same favorite newspaper that said this in a front page editorial (which I quoted):
Your position to not visit with the editorial boards of Texas newspapers may be astute politically, but it demonstrates a disregard for newspaper readers and voters across the state, who deserve to hear substance rather than silence.
Here is a brief list of newspapers from some rather conservative areas of Texas that have endorsed Bill White for Governor:
These papers have joined in with the big city papers in endorsing Bill White for Governor.
Hays Free Press (not a big city, a large suburb in between Austin and San Antonio)
Only TWO papers have come out for the Governor Perry... the Waco Tribune-Herald (in order to read the entire endorsement, one must be a subscriber to the site)
And the Midland Reporter-Telegram… is strongly reluctantly in a round-about way giving their endorsement to Rick Perry in what could possibly be interpreted as an endorsement for None of These Candidates.
If you want the definition of a “Meh” endorsement, the Midland Reporter-Telegram’s gubernatorial endorsement is that definition.
So… that’s 14-2 in favor of Bill White. Eight of those endorsements are from papers based in some rather conservative areas of Texas.
Liberal bias against Perry…?
So, reporting about Governor Perry rewarding those who contribute directly to his campaign with grants is being biased?
No, it is not.
Surprisingly, it is something called journalism. It is something that newspapers and television news used to do so well.
If 14 out of 16 papers in Texas are endorsing Bill White, it is clear that there is a need for change in Austin.
Oh... and one more thing, there is no such thing as media liberal bias.
There are plenty of conservative voices to echo “that conservatives have no voices in the media.”