Pete Ricketts is on the air with his first new ad for the general election for Governor.
See it here:
Rapid fire messages here, likely hitting all of your subliminal receptors.
That final line cracks us up a bit:
“If it works in the REAL WORLD, it’ll work in Lincoln.”
We always DID feel a little ethereal and out of ourselves when in Lincoln.
This is all starting to make sense now…
So we were reading the Sunday morning paper (well, we don’t really dirty our hands with the actual fishwrap, but you know what we mean) and we came across the latest general-political story from Robynn Tysver of the OWH.
She whipped up a piece about how all campaigns today have a Facebook page and a Twitter account and yadda, yadda, yadda, hasn’t this story been written every cycle since Al Gore invented Google?
Anywho, point in the story struck us:
Facebook and Twitter are the two primary social media sites used by campaigns.
Both played prominent roles in last year’s Omaha mayoral race, where one of the biggest controversies in the campaign erupted on Facebook.
A photo of a T-shirt that depicted now-Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert as a stripper on a pole appeared on Facebook. It came complete with a crude pun that revolved around the words “private sector.” And, to make matters worse, the shirt was being held by Democratic Omaha City Councilman Chris Jerram, who subsequently apologized.
“Erupted on Facebook”?
Uh, no. It did not “erupt on Facebook”.
We at Leavenworth St. acquired the photo of Jerram, posted it on Leavenworth St., and then various media outlets linked to the story and photo, ON LEAVENWORTH ST.
As we noted in an email to Tysver, CC’d across the local media world, it’s one thing to claim, as she did in her original story back then, that the Jerram issue was “making the Facebook rounds”. While it was an intentional run around from mentioning this blog, there was at least a little truth to it.
But to later say that the controversy “erupted on Facebook”, is like Pliny the Younger writing about the heavy tides in the Gulf of Naples, while ignoring the actual eruption over at Mt. Vesuvius.
And here’s the thing: back when this occurred, KMTV contacted us and asked to use the photo (to which we immediately said yes). WOWT and KETV ran stories featuring a photo of the Leavenworth St. web page.
But the Omaha World-Herald each time bends over backwards to avoid any acknowledgement of our existence.
OK Suits, we get your cowardly little JV game. That’s the way you want to play, fine.
We’ve already seen in dozens of times.
But you don’t then get to go making up the facts, here saying that this came from Facebook, just because it jibes with the story your want to sell in your newspapers.
Of course, if this was a pure “mistake”, we’re sure we’ll see a correction in tomorrow’s ink-mess on page 35D, right?
An interesting comparison in TIME Magazine (we remember back in the day when we would religiously seek out TIME to see who was on the cover and get the political news of the day. Alas…) of GOP Iowa U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst and Nebraska U.S. Senator Deb Fischer. TIME says Ernst is unfairly being labeled as “Iowa’s Sarah Palin”:
When asked which Senator she’d be most like, Ernst tells TIME she thinks she’d be like Nebraska Sen. Deb Fischer. Fischer was elected as a little-known Tea Partier, and was also endorsed by Palin and accused of being the “Sarah Palin of Nebraska” by some Democrats at first, but has since proven to be a relatively quiet, self-described compromiser in the Senate. “We both come from Plains states and we have a lot in common both stylistically, and ideologically, speaking,” Ernst says.
It always cracks us up when Debbie Wasserman Schultz, of all people, starts calling people “crazy” and “disturbing”.
And for your jocularity, here is Rep. Lee Terry doing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
He challenged Pete Ricketts, who took it up himself.
…as well as Senate candidate Ben Sasse…