Monday, August 11, 2008

Then You Must Be a Prostitute, John

Brummett colleague Fred Garvin
"Either Julie Wilson is an idiot or I'm a prostitute." writes John Brummett in his August 10th column. Wilson is the vice president for corporate development at a Fort Worth-based division of Chesapeake Energy. It is hard to believe she is really an idiot. As far as Brummett being a prostitute, or at least a presstitute, I simply assumed he always knew it.

What Wilson has said that raised his ire was that paying retired journalists to do infomercials for her energy company was about the same as advertising on news programs. Brummett took this to mean, perhaps rightly so, that she was implying that buying a bunch of ads affects how the media covers stories. I find that to be true and getting truer.

For example, the owner of Brummett's newspaper chain is a financier. His company sells government bonds to make money. Also, big food processors in this state buy a lot of ads. Keeping that in mind, try getting fair media coverage for a political candidate (if you can find one these days) that wants to 1) quit using government bond issues to finance everything when we have the cash on hand to pay for it without paying commissions to bond traders, or 2) is serious about restricting illegal immigration so that the big food processing and construction interests have to pay legal free-market wages for their labor. Any candidate who wants to get in those big players puddin' is going to be subject to reams of personal abuse by Brummett and much of the rest of the brothel too.

On the national level it is even worse. Global corporations control all major media outlets, so when an anti-globalization, non-interventionist Presidential candidate like Ron Paul comes along, NBC (owned by big global corporation and defense contractor GE) does not cover him fairly. Heck, he was blacked-out by most of the media until it was too late for him to win. When they were forced to talk to him in the debates, they were mostly insulting: Carl Cameron "Credibility sir, do you have any?" : or Hannity sniggering into an open mike while Paul is in the middle of answering a question- but perhaps Hannity saying "oh no, not again" when learning that Paul had won yet another text-message debate poll is a better example.

That is not to impugn every reporter that works at the Democrat Gazette or Morning News. I personally know a number of them that are as fair as any human can be considering we all have our biases. John Brummett is not one of them. Neither is Seth Blomley nor a few more I could name.

But maybe both Brummett and I are wrong about his little moment of self-realization. Here is a good test: We vote on a flawed lottery amendment in a couple of months. Will these papers fairly cover the flaws in the proposal, or will they let that pass because a lottery will mean a big state agency with lots of advertising dollars to throw their way?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Laura Kellams: ADG presstitute

7:57 AM, August 11, 2008  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

I believe Ms. Kellams has left their employ.

I do remember when Jim Holt was running against Blanche Lincoln and Kellams demanded that Holt let her run through every document in his life. He complied, and she spent two days pouring through his files looking for something to use on him. She even got to see his high school report cards, and wrote in the newspaper about what classes he got bad grades in!

Meanwhile, Blanche Lincoln was not even a legal resident of this state, but no word from the ADG on that.

But she has left their employ, so I will assume the best which is she got tired of pulling stunts like that to get ahead and so sought work elsewhere. If she would research Obama and McCain with the same care she did Holt (if she could get access to the documents) she would find that neither of those men are even constitutionally eligible to serve as President. That would be quite a story.

7:56 AM, August 12, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heh- if she's not at the ADG, who's her new "pimp"?

6:13 PM, August 12, 2008  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

She has a post with Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families. I wish her well there, regardless of what I thought her biases were in her reporting.

6:55 PM, August 12, 2008  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

Hmmm. Brummett has a pretty good one today.

5:48 AM, August 14, 2008  

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