Every month or so I meet with visiting journalists from around the world as part of a program run through the World Affairs Council. Meetings are also set up with various traditional media organizations, political consultants, advocacy groups, etc., but invariably, the foreign journalists always want to meet “the blogger,” and it always makes for a fascinating conversation.
Last year I met with some foreign journalists who had come straight from a meeting with some folks at the Seattle Times, who, when informed I was the next stop on the schedule, graciously took the time to “warn” them about me. They said I had “a chip on my shoulder,” the visiting journalists reported back, and implied that I was more or less an official organ of the Democratic Party. On another occasion I received a thank you email from one of my guests, telling me that in a subsequent meeting with a local journalist, half the conversation was spent badmouthing me and my medium.
You know, us goddamn, partisan “amen bloggers.”
Yeah, well, the truth is, the only difference between me and say, the Seattle Times editorial board is not that one of us is overtly partisan while one is not, but rather, that only one of us has the balls to openly admit it. For if the Times is going to routinely dismiss HA as mere party propaganda, what the hell do they call today’s editorial calling on Gov. Chris Gregoire to stop talking about embryonic stem cell research?
Enough of stem cells. The job of governor has nothing to do with stem cells. Gov. Christine Gregoire should use her re-election money to talk about things the governor actually does, starting with budgets and taxes.
She should end the TV ads of people who fret that Dino Rossi is standing between them and medical salvation.
Jesus H. Christ… if that’s not a WSRP talking point, I don’t know what is! The governor’s stem cell ads are without a doubt the most evocative and effective of the campaign, and the Times damn well knows it. That’s why they chose to use their bully pulpit to try to bully her into pulling the spots. I mean, could they be any more obvious?
In fact, the stem cell debate does have plenty to do with the governor’s job. While it’s true that the Life Sciences Discovery Fund has yet to award any grants for embryonic stem cell research, it has received several such applications, and remains open to such investments… that is, unless Dino Rossi takes the reins of the fund and imposes his own morality over the judgment of science.
But Rossi’s opposition to embryonic stem cell research also speaks to the larger issues of character and values, issues the Times sees no problem in Rossi otherwise making the centerpiece of his vague campaign. Rossi opposes embryonic stem cell research for the same reason he opposes legal abortion, medically accurate sex education, and regulations requiring pharmacists to dispense legally prescribed birth control… because he believes that his own fundamentalist religious views of human sexuality and morality should be imposed on the rest of us by force of law or executive fiat, science be damned.
The Times excuses Rossi’s position by bluntly stating that “Rossi is Catholic,” a transparently offensive attempt to imply that any criticism of his position amounts to religious bigotry. Well, Gov. Gregoire is Catholic too—the difference being that, unlike Rossi, she doesn’t believe it is her right or responsibility as governor to impose her religion on the rest of us, or to allow her faith to trump scientific consensus.
In our view the issue is not real — not for this race, this year.
In their view, this is not an issue that favors their candidate because it speaks to a huge gap between his values and those of the majority of voters, as does his position on legal abortion, birth control and sex education. They and their Republican buddies may not want these issues to be real, but that doesn’t make them any less so.
Let the governor talk about taxes and budgets, roads and ferries, school funding and a dozen other things.
The governor does talk about all these things, and continues to, not that the Times, or most of the rest of our oh so credible media elite really want to bother to report it. Just listen to the post-debate analysis on KUOW, or from Crosscut’s conventional wisdom intoxicated David Brewster… they all but ridicule Gov. Gregoire for her “wonky” policy-driven answers while lauding Rossi for connecting to voters with his fuzzy personal anecdotes about his Tlingit grandmother and schoolteacher father.
The Times doesn’t want a real debate on the issues, they want Dino Rossi to win, and so their ed board has been reduced to calling on Gov. Gregoire to pull ads that even they admit are factually accurate… and this in a political season where lies have been spread like cold germs in a daycare center.
So shame on you Frank Blethen, for your paper’s shamelessly partisan, amen editorializing. Unless of course, like me, you finally come clean and openly embrace your bias.