Right, Jackie. A candidate's character, integrity, and honesty, or lack
thereof, are totally irrelevant to her qualifications to hold public office.
And journalists should conceal facts that bear on those issues. Huh? So that's what Utah politics have descended to? Thank
you, Lee Benson, for doing exactly what good journalists do.
Real issues are complex and few Americans are willing to put in the time to
understand them. It is impossible to discuss, say, tax policy in a nine second
sound bite, so it never gets discussed in any but the most superficial terms.
The media would mainly like to talk about conflict, sensational
personal details, and outright fluff. The perfect fodder for people with short
attention spans and limited knowledge, or "low information voters" as
politicians like to call them.
Curmudgeon's comment is absolutely right.Apparently, Jackie M.
Smith thinks that whether a candidate has integrity and acts responsibly are not
"pivotal" issues. I, too, thank Lee Benson for doing exactly
what good journalists do.
What Lee Benson was trying to do is get Mia Love to respond back to him. She
didn't. Her GOP handlers didn't want her talking to him again,
thinking she might make it worse. They really don't have confidence in her
on this subject, i.e. she really did bad when Doug Wright on KSL had her comment
on the Mother Jones story the first time around. She did ok the second time
with Doug but since she refused to talk with Benson again, he thought it should
write a column to see what reaction would come. Don't know whether she
responded or not. Until she does, this story is not going away. Lesson
learned, be responsive to journalists.
Jackie Smith from AF, the 4th Estate once was a critical part in the governing
of this great nation but since becoming "corporate" are now consciously
contributing to the divisiveness, the the birthism, the radicalism. They have
moved from being investigative to being partisan for profits. Who do you think
is the big winner with the obscene amounts of money that is being thrown around
for these elections? I find it amusing how the credibility of a story is in
direct proportion to your own partisanship.
Jackie forgets the paramount reason we have "Freedom of the Press" is so
that the Press can be the Government Watch-dogs for the People.Lee
Benson was doing PRECISLY what good journalism is all about - finding and
reporting the Truth!If you want one-sided, filtered, propaganda --
keep listening to FoxNews and their Profits - Limbaugh, Hannity and Beck - who
will tell you what you want to hear.The rest of us want the TRUTH
reported, the Good and the Bad.I'd hate to see the DN slip away
any further into uber-far-right-wing world of lop-sidedness.
The true issue was whether Love acts like an ethical and honorable person. Lee
Benson provided factual evidence that calls her ethics and honor into question.
Benson did his job, and did it well. Kudos to Benson. Cowpies to Love for
obfuscting and being less than truthful. It clearly shows that she does not
have the character necessary to serve in the House of Representatives.