Omaha World-Herald columnist Erin Grace made a point to the Nebraska political class:
You take down one of ours, we will take down one of yours.
See, we never did see any suggestion by Grace, or anyone else at the OWH, in their “news” stories or their “columnist” stories or their Editorials (in which they assailed “anonymous” comments — in their unsigned editorial) that Jerram should resign or lose his living or anything else.
Pretty much after Jerram apologized all was cool.
But political operative Jeremy Jensen uses a bad word?
You’re out buddy! Oh, and we’ll also put your mug shot on the front page so as to publicly shame you!
Now, you can argue about what Jensen did. But is it really the end-all-be-all of the worst you can do? (By the way, there was an entire South Park movie on this issue, in case you’ve forgotten.)
If you say “f**k” you are darned to heck. If you say “frack”, you can have yourself a fine TV show on the SciFi channel (10 points for those who got that reference).
Here’s a Q: What if Jensen had called Conrad a “bitch”. Is that cool? And if so, what exactly is the difference in meaning between “bitch” and “c**t”? And don’t start the whole, “would you use that word to your mother or daughter or teacher” whatever. We’re just asking a real question.
Because if Jensen had said “bitch” instead of the other, our guess is no one really bats an eye. Heck, Newt Gingrich’s mom called Hillary Clinton a bitch on national TV and she never got fired from anything.
Hey, we’re not saying what Jensen said wasn’t stupid. He is in the political world, has been for a while, is an adult and should have known better. But we’re just asking what the reprisals are for all of this stuff.
So that brings us to Jeff Sheldon, writer for the Omaha World Herald and Communications Director for the liberal non-profit Nebraska Appleseed organization.
Sheldon has himself a Twitter account where he likes to make political attacks. He describes himself on that account as a “correspondent for the Omaha World-Herald” as well as the “Communications Director for Nebraska Appleseed”.
And the other day, Sheldon wrote the following Tweet:
You would say that what Sheldon wrote is demeaning to state Senator Charlie Janssen and his family.
You would say that it is disrespectful to a state Senator.
You could say that what Sheldon wrote is racist.
You could even say that it is libelous.
(By the way, 16 Republican senators opposed the state-funded prenatal care for illegal immigrants bill, among them (former state Senator) Deb Fischer, Tony Fulton, & Lavon Heideman, not to mention Governor Dave Heineman.)
So, what does Erin Grace of the Omaha World-Herald have to say about Sheldon’s Tweet?
What does state Senator Danielle Conrad, of Nebraska Appleseed, have to say about the Tweet?
Well, we know that SOMEONE said SOMETHING to Sheldon about it, because after it was pointed out to the OWH, Sheldon’s Tweet in question MAGICALLY disappeared.
And his Twitter account description MAGICALLY looks like this:
Oh it’s a PERSONAL account now, is it?
Because we’re pretty sure that’s what Jensen’s Facebook account was.
And interesting that Sheldon used that “brown people” tag, just like this parody account against Senator Janssen.
The parody account regularly calls Janssen a racist and Janssen’s wife a hooker.
Repeat: calls Janssen’s wife a hooker.
Has been doing so since April of last 2012.
Has anyone at the OWH or Appleseed asked Sheldon about this?
Has anyone at the OWH asked about that account?
Have there been any stories about that for Janssen — after he was essentially accused of being a sexist for hiring Jensen?
Hey, we have no idea who is behind this account, but it certainly is an interesting piece of filth, isn’t it? (Oh, but is it cool since it’s against Janssen?)
Don’t be confused folks.
It goes like this:
If you do something bad and you’re a Democrat, you have to say you’re sorry.
Or not say you’re sorry. Whatever.
If you’re a Republican, you’re fired.
Oh, and since the OWH put Jensen in the stocks for flogging in the public square, we asked him if he would like to comment about it all here on Leavenworth Street. If so, it will go here, so check back if you wish.