For those of you who read the Central Virginian, you might have noticed two letters in their May 17th op-ed section. One by Mr. Jackson defends Dave Brat, claiming he has made a “difference.” And like Mr. Reynold’s and Hogan’s pieces from the week before, he makes little effort to point out where he made a difference.
Other than a vague libertarian proclamation that he supports “reining in the Federal Reserve banking cabal,” a grandiose rationale little removed from Mr. Adams assertion that extreme Senate candidate Nick Frietas “will defend our freedom,” from government micromanagement.
What these letters have in common is their reliance on ideological faith to justify Republicans social and economic policies, using deceptive claims like “Conservatism is a positive, uplifting philosophy” and “economic and personal liberty are the keys to prosperity” in an effort to normalize their Party’s extreme agenda.
Nor does one have to look very hard to find evidence of this mindset in Louisa, like this week’s front page story about the Board of Supervisors and Broadband.
Reporting which glosses over the fact that the Board is being hijacked by a gang of three in plain sight, starting with their 7-0 decision to allow two at-large members to serve on the Broadband Authority, a “compromise” which is intended to allow the likes of Jim Ogg, one of the persons most opposed to the Broadband project to have a say in deciding the Broadband Authorities future.
On a related note; most of this blogs readers know that the CV has refused to allow either Abigail Spanberger, or Dan Ward to respond to Dave Brat’s misleading letter last month. According to representatives of both campaigns, the CV claims it’s because they have a policy of not printing letters from political candidates or their campaigns.
A decision which is certainly their prerogative and one which they have repeatedly failed to exercise equally, like turning last year’s election week op-ed section from a “rebuttal” edition into one promoting Republican candidates, just as they did the year before.
What people don’t know is that Adams letter to the CV was also broadcast verbatim via a State Party controlled email system the same day this letter came out. If this were the first time that something like this happened one might be tempted to simply dismiss this as a local paper being duped by slick operators.
But it’s hardly the first time, and likely won’t be the last.
And while the CV may profess they have a responsibility to keep their readers informed about what’s going on in Virginia’s General Assembly and Congress, it should be said that they only started “informing their readers” about the deeds of the General Assembly after being called out by multiple letter writers for failing to report on several town halls with our state representatives.
And that their notions of what constitutes informing their readers consists of reprinting material straight from the legislators fliers, web and Facebook pages, regardless of how accurate or truthful it is. Such willingness to accept whatever these representatives say as the gospel truth shows that the CV’s editor and reporters either don’t have enough knowledge of the issues to ask relevant questions, or aren’t interested in asking those questions.
Inactions which allow them to call political propaganda informing their readers, and why when provided evidence that these legislators are clearly misrepresenting the material facts, and that their “guest commentaries” are appearing in other local papers and RW blogs around the state, the CV’s response continues to be the sound of silence.