Kansas GOP Insider (wannabe): Covering the statehouse

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Covering the statehouse

It's no big secret that the vast majority of mainstream media journalists are liberal. And those that cover the Kansas Capital are no different.

Things have only deteriorated since Jim Sullinger, who covered the Statehouse for the Star, retired. He was and remains a Republican, though he's not as conservative as I'd like.

John Hanna, who covers the Kansas government for the Associated Press, is one of the few who doesn't make me want to pull my teeth out. He's fair.

Tim Carpenter, who does the occasional piece for the Topeka daily, is a raging liberal. Ditto Brad Cooper and Steve Kraske, both of the Kansas City Star. They aren't constantly beating the left-wing drum. Sometimes, they take a break between sets. And then there's Martin Hawver, who runs his own weekly report. He, at least, understands the topics he's covering -- even if he runs everything through the liberal spin cycle before sending it out.

None of this can be said for Andy Marso, a vile reporter from the Topeka Capital Journal. He abusively covers Kansas Republicans and the Brownback Administration. Of course, the guy has never met a liberal that he didn't define as "moderate" or "reasonable."

His latest story is another fine example of liberal bias.

In it, Marso laments that long-time laid-off, state employees are having a tough time finding work. (Get in line, Andy. Anyone who's lost a job in this economy has had a difficult time finding another job.)

He suggests that the state (Read: Brownback Administration) is possibly intentionally laying off older workers. (Again, this is fairly common when the private sector lays off as well. Mid-managers, likely to be middle-aged are expensive and often less necessary than the people at the very bottom, who work for cheap, and the people at the very top. It's called business).

Of course, a basic understanding of, well, reality, would help, but for reasons no one will ever understand, when the Cap-J had an opening for a statehouse reporter, they opted to hire a sports reporter.

That's right. Somehow to the editors of the Capital Journal, writing about high school football has a lot of correlations to covering the state government. I mean, they both require the ability to read and write in English. So there's that.

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