Not Fit To Print?

October 5th, 2010 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert

The Albuquerque Journal publishes a lot of material from the Washington Post and its syndicate.

For example, the Oct. 4 essay by liberal E.J.Dionne, saying that “more and more” Democrats are running on the health reform bill rather than running from it.

But I find Post stories the Journal doesn’t reprint more intriguing.

Like today’s WP report headlined:

“Interest-group spending for midterm up fivefold from 2006; many sources secret.”

It says:

• The $80 million spent so far by groups outside the [major] parties dwarfs the $16 million spent at this point in 2006.
• In 2006, 90 percent of the money had a name attached. This year we don’t know who donated more than 50 percent.
• “The bulk of the money is being spent by conservatives, who have swamped their Democratic-aligned competition by 7 to 1 in recent weeks. The wave of spending is made possible in part by a series of Supreme Court rulings unleashing the ability of corporations and interest groups to spend money on politics.”

There’s more, but that’s the essence.

The Journal emphasizes local news, of course, and space is finite, which may explain why the editors didn’t publish the story.

Or not.

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