The Omaha World Herald has spent a fair amount of time over the past week defending their reasons for posting an online database listing every person who signed the Mayor Suttle Recall petition.
They’re claimed, “public duty”, and “openness” and all sorts of other reasons.
Here’s one they left out:
TO MAKE MONEY.
The OWH’s internet pages got lots and lots of hits from their little outing-database. And you can bet that those hit counts will be wildly crowed to their advertisers.
And the real use for this database anyway? To spy on others.
As a matter of fact, note the Tweet that went out from the liberal Twittererer, PoliticalOmaha:
Want to know if your friend or neighbor signed the recall? Full searchable database of names…
That is it right there, kiddos.
So enough about all this, “well, the people who sign are really recall volunteers.”
Uh, no. No they’re not.
They are registered voters. (…well, for the most party anyway.) And the OWH did their best to try to shame them and anyone else who wants to sign a petition in the future.
And that’s a shame.
Congratulations to Congressman Adrian Smith on his appointment to the House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee. (We Tweeted this the day it was announced, as well.)
Placement on this A-list, tax-writing committee is a plum for Nebraska and for Smith, only in his third term.
It’s too bad that those who heard about this from the LJS’s Don Walton had to hear Don slam Smith via a random other story as well. Without any response from or defense of Smith in the story.
Think that would have happened in a Ben Nelson story?
And speaking of Senator Nellie, he sure seems like a Republican when you read about him in the Nebraska papers, doesn’t he?
Well, get him in his element with the rest of the Democrats and his Democrat fur will start to fly.
Case in point with the Senator sitting toe-to-toe with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews (who used to work for long-time Democrat Speaker Tip O’Neill).
His screeching about Republicans may have put a thrill up Matthew’s leg after all. And then Nelson even got a shout-out from the uber-lib blogger, Markos Moulitsas, of the DailyKos, who Tweeted:
I’ve never seen Ben Nelson speak so negatively about GOP.
It all depends on who he is speaking to, Markos. And depending on who he is raising money from, you probably haven’t seen or heard the last of Nelson yet.