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Paybacks are hell

Posted by David Keelan on Wednesday, March 8, 2006

An interesting perspective on the alleged biased news coverage of the Ehrlich administration from both the Baltimore Sun and the Washington Post. This is written by Blair Lee who is CEO of the Lee Development Group in Silver Spring and a regular commentator for WBAL radio.

Worth the read.

Summary below:

When the Sun sued Ehrlich a federal judge threw the case out of court. "Voting-System Debate Colored By Party Politics" (Baltimore Sun, Feb. 21) .

The news story: The thrust of this news story is that Ehrlich's statement, "I no longer have confidence in the state Board of Elect ions' ability to conduct fair and accurate elections in 2006," was Ehrlich's shabby attempt at intimidating the board and suppressing voter turnout.

The Sun reporter's proof? From time immemorial, state law allowed governors to appoint the state elections administrator – the person who oversees state elections.

"Ehrlich Said To Have No View On Ports" (Baltimore Sun, Feb. 24).

Governor Ehrlich took a more measured stance: Delay the deal until more facts are known. This, and the fact that Ehrlich rejected O'Malley's invitation to join O'Malley's stop-the-deal demagoguing, earned Ehrlich this loaded Sun headline.

Funny, the Washington Post's headline – same day, same story – reads, "Ehrlich Leans Toward Accepting Port Deal." The Sun's Feb. 21 edito rial basically mirrors Ehrlich's port deal view. "Democrats Seek To Erase Approved Tuition Increase" (Baltimore Sun, Feb. 22).

The news story: Here the Sun perpetuates the Democrats' mantra that Governor Ehrlich raised state tuitions. The Sun knows all this but it doesn't fit their anti-Ehrlich agenda.

For the entire article posted at The Gazette go here.

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