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Wednesday, April 13, 2005

It's On

Here's how it works, people: A perfect example of the CONSERVATIVE MEDIA at work - as it cranks up to protect one of its biggest and bestest buddies.

"DeLay Urges GOP to Blame Dems Over Ethics"

Fine, great, there was a meeting, DeLay made his case, talking points were distributed, strategies discussed, yada yada:
WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, hoping to hold support among fellow Republicans, urged GOP senators Tuesday to blame Democrats if asked about his ethics controversy and accused the news media of twisting supportive comments so they sounded like criticism.
Snore.
Officials said DeLay recommended that senators respond to questions by saying Democrats have no agenda other than partisanship, and are attacking him to prevent Republicans from accomplishing their legislative program. One Republican said the Texan referred to a "mammoth operation" funded by Democratic supporters and designed to destroy him as a symbol of the Republican majority.
I wish.

So what are the chances of "mammoth operation" funded by CONSERVATIVES to protect DeLay? After all, dude has spent the last few weeks demanding that his pals (both in and out of the government) come to his defense.

Here's the headline from this morning's Drudgereport:

"Sanders paid wife, stepdaughter for campaign efforts"

Didn't take long, did it?
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Bernard Sanders used campaign donations to pay his wife and stepdaughter more than $150,000 for campaign-related work since 2000, according to records filed with the Federal Election Commission.
Yes, Sanders is an "evil DEM."
Jane O'Meara Sanders, his wife, received $91,020 between 2002 and 2004 for "consultation" and for negotiating the purchase of television and radio time-slots for Sanders' advertisements, according to records and interviews.

The ethics of lawmakers paying their families jumped into the spotlight on Capitol Hill last week, following reports that House Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Texas had paid his wife and daughter more than $500,000 for campaign-related work.

Jim Barrett, chairman of the Vermont Republican Party, used Sanders' family payments to highlight what he said is Democratic "hypocrisy" for fiercely attacking DeLay. "It's the standard hypocrisy from the left," Barrett said. "When a Republican does it, it's inappropriate and front page news. But now it turns out, our own Bernie Sanders has been doing it for a long time.
Yawn.

This little article comes to us from Vermont's "Bennigton Banner," a seemingly "small town" newspaper that is actually owned by the MediaNews Group Inc, THE NATION'S SEVENTH LARGEST NEWSPAPER CHAIN.

"And who owns the MediaNews Group?"

Gee. I wonder.

Here.
Many of the newspapers WILLIAM DEAN SINGLETON'S MediaNews Group owns likely aren't known outside the county where they publish.

The Deming Headlight in Deming, N.M.; the Humboldt Sun in Winnemucca, Nev., to name a few. But roll about 150 small and regional papers together and top them off with major dailies like The Denver Post, The Oakland Tribune and The Los Angeles Daily News and you're looking at the seventh-largest newspaper chain in the country.

Singleton, 47, is a TEXAS NATIVE who runs the Post and MediaNews Group from its corporate headquarters in Denver. He and partner Richard B. Scudder, 87, formed MediaNews Group in 1983 to purchase and manage U.S. newspaper companies.
"And Singleton's political leanings?"

Duh.

Google "William Dean Singleton, conservative." Just for fun.

"Owning a newspaper chain would come in handy at a time like this, wouldn't it?"

You bet.

More later...

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