Sunday, July 30, 2006

Detroit News, Battle Creek Enquirer endorse Schwarz

Joe Schwarz's hometown newspaper, the Battle Creek Enquirer, endorsed his re-election against Tipton preacher Tim Walberg in an editorial today.
"We may not always agree with Schwarz's stands on issues or his votes in the U.S. House, but there is no dispute that he is an outstanding representative for this community in the halls of Congress," wrote the Enquirer editors, who endorsed Schwarz is 2004.
The Detroit News also endorsed Schwarz, noting that Walberg "was famous in the Legislature for voting "no" on just about everything."
"He is a credible, mature voice in Washington and quickly gained respect for his solution-oriented approach to politics," The Detroit News editors wrote in an editorial today.

The Detroit News also endorsed Daryl Campbell of Ann Arbor in the four-person Democratic primary for Michigan's 7th District, which includes all of Lenawee, Jackson, Hillsdale and Eaton counties and parts of Washtenaw and Calhoun counties.
The Detroit News misspelled Campbell's first name: "Darryl."

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am glad that all of the newspapers so far endorsing in this race have endorsed Rep. Schwarz.

I find Walberg's campaign conduct disturbing on many levels. His public statements reveal little understanding of national or district-related issues. He only seems to care about the abortion issue, which (while important) is just one small part of what a Congressional Representative is required to understand and act upon. I think it's essential to have someone in Washington who has great knowledge of a broad spectrum of national and state concerns. You'd have to go a long way to find anyone more intelligent or well-versed on the issues than Schwarz.

What I can't understand, however, is why the mainstream press hasn't done a better job of exposing the activities of the Club for Growth, the orchestrator of the 80% or so of Walberg's funds which have come in from out of state. CFG is being sued by the Federal Election Commission for illegal activities (see http://www.fec.gov/law/litigation/club_for_growth_complaint.pdf)
Why would a clergyman ally with such a group? And how would such an alliance benefit all of us who reside in the 7th District? Scary stuff.

Thanks for the blog. You do make an effort to present all sides of the issues in this race, and that is commendable.

7:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"What I can't understand, however, is why the mainstream press hasn't done a better job of exposing the activities of the Club for Growth?"

In short the answer to that the press has become extremely lazy and shallow. The internet has reduced news to soundbites and short pieces. Journalists aren't taking the time to research throughly and really "report." They are more concerned with "getting it out there" than with what the real story is.

The medium has become more important than the message. Thank you Dr. McLuhan.

Case in point. One reporter cited Schwarz's vote stripping ANWR out of "another bill" along with 23 other Republicans. What that reporter failed to report is that bill was the Iraq Defense funding bill in which money for ANWR would be taken away from our troops. Schwarz did right, but the reporter didn't go far enough for the "whole story."

The old saying goes. You shouldn't believe anything you read and only half of what you see. Journalists arn't doing the job they should be doing. I used to be one of them and I know they aren't going the extra mile anymore. The pressure to be first is destroying their credibility.

9:26 PM  

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