Following the Noriega/Watts race, I’ve noticed a bias that concerns me.
Take the article about Rick Noriega and Swift Boat funder Bob Perry that just appeared today. Do you think we’re going to see a real debate among the Texas bloggers about the implications of this?
The problem is that the “powers that be” decided a long time ago that Noriega can do no wrong. We saw that with the recent flap over the speech he gave where he said bloggers were “damaging to the political culture in this country.” They crucified the reporter who wrote about it for his paper and instead made excuses for Noriega and accepted his explanation that he didn’t write the speech and was too tired to read it before delivering it.
Now we have the news that Bob Perry has funded Rick (and his wife has gotten even more cash from Perry and I am wondering why all the bloggers, who would normally crucify someone who took money from Bob “Swift Boat” Perry and basically insured this country 4 more years of Bush, remain silent. At the very least, why aren’t they calling their handpicked candidate on the carpet over this?
And here’s the kicker, the same staffer who wrote Rick’s speech bashing liberal blogs went on record saying that Perry started giving to Rick after Katrina, even though the Ft. Worth Star Telegram article makes clear that is not true.
We’ve got to hold all of our candidates up to scrutiny, even the ones we draft.
Especially the ones we draft, at least those bloggers who did draft Noriega, as they are in the majority, but it wasn’t unanimous.
What will the current gatekeepers of the Texas blogosphere do?