In his Monday column, the LJS’s Don Walton wrote about that cacophony of news we have today, and the diminished newspaper news along with it.
There is a little bit of truth to that, but we aren’t sure we have yet seen a lack of news-news because of all this. What The Don is looking for is to go back about thirty years to the days of Walter Cronkite and some sort of Voice of God news source.
So here is what Don wants:
What might be helpful? A half-hour daily TV block of what I would describe as unbiased hard news, something that is available in the evening hours, preferably on demand.
Not the latest personal tragedy or weather event or celebrity tale or sensational video that happens to be available, but the stuff we need to know if we are going to fulfill our responsibility as informed citizens and voters.
Well, now the kicker there is, who gets to decide what is unbiased?
We are willing to bet that Don considers himself unbiased. Should Don be in charge of that unbiased all-news news hour? Where we get to hear Ben Nelson unfiltered, and unchallenged? Along with hearty criticism of the GOP? All packaged as “news”? Think you’ve seen any of that in the LJS?
That’s not to lump on Don, but just on the idea that ANY source is unbiased. Conservatives will point to the bias of pretty much all the networks, CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times and Washington Post, to name a few major sources. Libs will point to FOX and…well…FOX. Oh but how about Public Radio and TV! That’s unbiased right? Bwahahahahhahaha!
But all of this is the point. You get lots of sources, and you get to evaluate and pick from the ones you like. If you’re intelligent, you view a number of sources. It is called the “free market”. The one where the “news” is chosen for you is called something else.
So onto one of the new alternate news sources — Nebraska Watchdog.
For those of you who read, you know that Deena Winter, formerly
downsized quit from the LJS, then a Lincoln City Council candidate, then a blogger herself, recently joined Joe Jordan as the “Lincoln Bureau” of Nebraska Watchdog.
Well, if you read Watchdog, you will see that Deena wrote not one, but TWO separate “articles” about Jane Kleeb over the last couple of days. The first was over 1,000 words and the second 1,700 words.
But beyond the length, was the interesting points Deena made in her love letter to Jane. (Yeah, we are going there.)
See, first we were aware of this because Deena asked us to comment for her piece.
Now Deena notes in her article:
Nebraska Watchdog asked the Leavenworth Street blogger why she/he dislikes Bold Nebraska and Jane so much…
How’s that for a loaded question? Right there in the vein of “When did you stop kicking your dog?”
Here is our FULL response:
Any criticism of Bold Nebraska and/or Jane Kleeb herself put out by Leavenworth Street is based upon the actions and statements of Bold Nebraska and/or Jane Kleeb.
They routinely misrepresent facts, manipulate people’s feelings, and generally pose as something they are not in order to achieve their political goals. Much of that can be summed up in the attached photo of Mrs. Kleeb. (the photo from this post)
On the Leavenworth Street blog, we comment on politics in Nebraska. Jane has given us much on which to comment.
But we had some other basic critiques as well of Deena.
For starters, how many more times do we have to hear Scott Kleeb called a “rancher”? As in,
“she first got a look at Nebraska rancher Scott Kleeb, ” or “He was a rancher running for the U.S. House ” or “ this Yale-educated rancher ”.
Deena follows up this “cool ranch” story, noting, “But he spent his summers in the Sandhills at his cousin’s ranch, and moved to Nebraska in 2005 after graduating from college.”
Deena isn’t the first to swoon at the idea of Scott Kleeb on a horse. But even Kleeb’s campaign website noted that he was a “ranch hand” not a rancher. One implies that one worked on a ranch and the other implies ownership of cattle and the like. And then there’s the little fact that his uncle admitted that Kleeb had worked on the ranch, during his summers off from Yale, only a few months total.
But hey, why let the facts get in the way of a kick-ass life story, right Deena!
Like making up what the opposition has said about her.
In this case, Deena stated that during Jane’s Hastings School Board campaign the Nebraska GOP was “robocalling voters and warning them that Jane’s “Healthy Lunches, Wise Minds” campaign meant kids would only be able to eat salads. Scott couldn’t believe she was criticized for wanting students to have a healthy lunch.”
Now how did Deena come up with that? Did she contact the NEGOP and get a copy of the robocall script? Well, clearly she did not, because if she did (like we did) she would have received this text of the robocalls:
“This is Chairman Mark Fahleson. The NEGOP paid for this call because East Coast liberal Jane Kleeb is using your children to further her political agenda. Her values are not OUR values. Jane Kleeb is more concerned about organic school lunches and rewarding big labor unions with your tax dollars than providing our children with a quality education. We must defeat Jane Kleeb for School Board. Paid for by the Nebraska Republican Party, 402-475-2122.”
Word is that Deena is updating her story. And that’s fine. But why does the NEGOP need to go to her to set the facts straight? Is this what Don was talking about when he wanted unbiased news? [Deena informs us she contacted the GOP Chair, but he didn’t respond. We would have — and did — contacted the GOP ED in the first place, but that’s just us…]
And as long as we are on that, back to Deena said Leavenworth Street “went nuts” shen Jane Kleeb wore a Future Farmers of America jacket to the State Dept hearing. Really? “Went nuts”? Take a read of that post folks, and tell us just exactly when the nuts-going occured. Somewhere Tom Brokaw is rolling over in his grave.
And finally, all those dollar amounts sure were interesting. Dick Holland only gave Bold Nebraska $75K and Jane is only making $4K a month? Really! Those are some interesting numbers. We look forward to someone opening Bold’s books or Jane’s tax records some day to check the accuracy of all that. There are those who would argue that both of those numbers are signifiicantly light.
Funny, we recall that Jane was FINED by the NADC for failing to properly report her school board campaign finances. Now if Jane is willing to lie to the NADC, think she would fib to a completely unaccountable reporter? You can decide that one on your own.
And we would finally note that Jane said she might run for higher office some day. But apparently not in Nebraska, because Jane said,
“I think running for state Senate is something that I might consider years down the road.”
Someone ought to inform Jane about how the Unicameral is set up.
Oh, and though Jane may “like” Deena at Nebraska Watchdog, don’t forget that there is one blog that she “absolutely loves“:
Apparently state Senator Amanda McGill didn’t think her “All That Jazz” Facebook profile picture was sexy and powerful enough.
Because she just took it to another level:
Yes, that’s what one of your elected representatives put up.
And the next time you are shopping for a sexy dance-hat, or a super-girl comic book, make sure to go to Amazon.com via Leavenworth Street’s links! Always anonymous and yet you get to give a little love to L.St. Thanks to all those who have clicked! (And check out the pre-Black Friday deals!)