Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The Wall Street -ahem - Murdoch Rag

If you ever paid attention to the WSJ you remember when the Editorial Page was garbage of a right wing nature and the reporting was stellar. Then Rupert bought it, Facts Be Damned Reporting
Nevada GOP Cancels Convention, Opts for Conference Call
Brad Haynes reports on the presidential race.

Citing a lack of interest, the Nevada Republican Party has called off its state convention and will instead pick its delegates to the national convention by private conference call.

The state party broke up its original convention in April when supporters of Ron Paul hijacked the proceedings and tried to elect delegates for their candidate to the national GOP convention in September. Party officials tried to reconvene on July 26, but they needed a quorum of 675 and received only 300 RSVPs, according to local reports.

Now I have exactly no use for Ron Paul, he may be right about foreign adventures, but after that his train runs right off the tracks. That doesn't mean Nevadans had no use for him but you'd sure think some hijinks were going on reading the reporting provided by WSJ.

Commenters had different views, a polite and representative one:
I was at the convention and was originally quite upset with the Ron Paul people, but the fact is that the party power brokers chose to ignore the wishes of the voters and tried to select an exclusive group of their friends to go to the convention. I say that any selection list of delegates sent to the national convention should include the proportionate number of Ron Paul delegates as he earned. I will be sending a certified letter to the national committee stating my wishes as a delegate and hope that all the other delegates do likewise. When I next get to vote for a central committee, I will vote Mr. Beers out. His actions are totally reprehensible.

Comment by coffeedoc - July 18, 2008 at 10:11 pm

I'm all for disarray in Republican ranks, more makes me happier, but there is something here that ought to dismay us all. As much as it is business as usual for Republicans to ignore the will of the voters and as much as their authoritarian mind-set makes this kind of thing inevitable it is still bad news. A lack of a reputable opposition party is bad for government, we've had over six years of it, and the current crop is plainly irresponsible and this is at least partly due to these kinds of actions. I'll admit to hoping for an actual implosion of the Republican Party this year and in two years, but I'll also hope they can fix themselves and become responsible and reputable players after some time in the wood shed.

The other truly sad piece of this is what has happened to WSJ already. I never gave a damn about their Editorials, they were poorly reasoned and general hackery but you could count on them to report. Well, here you are, now. This is opinion backed by nothing other than agenda, not reporting or even partially fact based reasoning. You can thank the Republicans that Rupert can even own any media in this country.

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