Saturday, February 19, 2005

The Truth Hearst

So if you've been reading this blog you know that the NY Republican State Chairman Stephen Minarik has been up to some pretty offensive things. But if you've been reading the Times Union you might not have picked that up. Now let's take a look at this. A couple of weeks ago David Soares made a comment that a local right wing talk show host tried to blow up into a scandal. It was a manufactured attack but it got some nice headlines in the TU's local section. Soares didn't lie, didn't call anyone a terrorist, just said that we should find jobs for the kids that are working as drug dealers. And you got some nice big negative headlines with the name Soares in them. Now, Stephen Minarik, the Chairmain of the NY Republican Party has said that the Democratic Party is the party of terrorists and produced a photo to prove it. If we disregard the hate filled sentiment and ridiculous nature of the first part of that statement (which the Times Union has) and just focus on the fact that the photo he claimed as his big proof was in fact a photo of a different person this would seem like a bit of a scandal. Remember this is the Chairman of the Republican Party of NY. Now down on the bottom of page 3 of the Saturday edition we get a story with no mention of Minarik in the headline. I've been aware of the TU bias in the past but this was a bit much for me. This IS a story. But then I did a little Googling and perhaps found the bigger story which we'll never see in the pages of the TU. The Times Union is owned by The Hearst Corporation.

"New York News Corp. Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch and George R. Hearst, The Hearst Corporation chairman of the board, top the list of rather sparse campaign contributions from leading newspaper figures during the first part of 2004, according to campaign finance records filed with the Federal Election Commission."

"Hearst, who had previously given $1,000 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee, added another $8,500 in donations since late 2003 to various campaigns. Those included another $2,000 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee, $2,000 to the Republican National Committee, $1,000 to the National Republican Congressional Committee, $1,000 to the Bush-Cheney campaign."

See any bias there? I think that explains what we've been seeing. Remember when the Editorial page attacked Eliot Spitzer for fundraising? Can't wait to see the Eliot bashing that goes on in the next 2 years. And to Mr. Minarik. We know you idolize Karl Rove, but you might want to practice his hate filled attack politics in a red state until you get a little better at it. It won't work here.

If you'd like to see how your State is represented by Mr. Minarik you can tune in as he is scheduled to appear Tuesday on MSNBC on Hardball with Chris Matthews.. Expect a lot of "the party of the far left" and "dean scream" talk. Don't expect any discussion of the lack of jobs or high taxes in Upstate NY. He really doesn't care about that.