August 03, 2002
THE BLOGOSPHERE GETS RESULTS: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has a story on the Cynthia McKinney 9/11 campaign donation issue originally identified by the IndePundit, with additional analysis from an initially skeptical Jim Henley. McKinney's response is to compare herself with Martin Luther King.
The details the story provides on the donors, however, don't make that a very flattering comparison.
UPDATE: Katha Pollitt is cheerleading for McKinney's campaign. Guess she's finally found a flag she's comfortable flying, quips a reader.
Unfortunately, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution chose to bury this story below the fold of the Metro section, giving higher priority to a story on grease in the sewers. I guess we know which side the editors of the Atlanta paper are on.
Posted by: Paul Freet at August 3, 2002 12:14 PM
And of course, it wasn't hard to find the standard "the Jews control the media" line:
"These are American citizens learning to use their money like the very small population which sways a lot of opinion with their money -- the Jewish community."
Posted by: Ken Summers at August 3, 2002 12:26 PM
A disturbing development regarding the Journal-Constitution no doubt, but I remember seeing that McKinney's Arab contributions are being dwarfed by the Jewish contrubutions so you can count on McKinney getting hammered in campaign adds... and she's already polling poorly. Fortunately, the Campaign Finance laws havent kicked in yet, so the third party ads can fill the gap left by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Posted by: MarkD at August 3, 2002 12:29 PM
What bugs me here is that Scott got robbed. The article never acknowledges him as breaking the story. If they left out a "as first reported by the NYT..." on a scoop by that organ, there'd be hell to pay in journalism-world.
Naturally, I e-mailed the reporter to complain. I am cranky that way!
Posted by: Jim Henley at August 3, 2002 12:34 PM
actually it wasn't mckinney who made the MLK defense, it was...
"McKinney campaign coordinator Wendell Muhamad".
Posted by: dan truly at August 3, 2002 01:00 PM
>> What bugs me here is that Scott got robbed. The article never acknowledges him as breaking the story. If they left out a "as first reported by the NYT..." on a scoop by that organ, there'd be hell to pay in journalism-world.
The Golden Rule works with a vengance in the Blogosphere. (It's more like "I'll do onto you as I see you do onto others.")
Bloggers richly reward via credit and links those folks who do the same. They seem to ignore and/or "appropriate without credit" folks who don't.
Choices and consequences....
Posted by: Andy Freeman at August 3, 2002 01:08 PM
I'm sure McKinney's voters wouldn't mind accomodating a few thousand Palestinians into their district.
Posted by: d Smith at August 3, 2002 01:20 PM
That comment about the Jewish community uttered by her campaign advisor is hideous. Uttering it in the same breath that likens McKinney to Martin Luther King dishonors Martin Luther King's memory. Let's hope her constituents are paying attention.
Posted by: Sydney Smith at August 3, 2002 01:31 PM
>>Banks said the campaign accepted
>>contributors' money believing "in good faith
>>that they are law-abiding citizens. If you did
>>an investigation of everyone who gave
>>money, people would stop giving."
An immediate reaction - he's suggesting that an investigation would have revealed that this was money McKinney wouldn't have wanted (and it's not their fault they didn't investigate).
I wonder which deserving cause will get the cash - how about the recently attacked Israeli university?
Posted by: Ben Sheriff at August 3, 2002 01:34 PM
I agree Scott deserves credit for spreading this widely, and specifically for the connection of the contributions listed on 9-11 (which has now drawn an admission from the McKinney campaign that they don't follow FEC filing requirements). Scott's been on McKinney's back like a Bad Monkey. But the main portion of the AJC story is about specific contributors under investigation, and it isn't exactly news. The Southeastern Legal Foundation was on this story back in April, it just didn't spread widely.
Posted by: PhotoDude at August 3, 2002 02:17 PM
Thanks for helping to bring more attention to this important issue. The good people of Georgia's 4th need to know who is "behind the curtain" influencing their Congresswoman.
As to the lack of credit -- I really don't mind, I'm not in this for the glory.
On the other hand, the additional readership that such a mention might bring would not be unwelcome...
Posted by: Scott Koenig at August 3, 2002 02:19 PM
Scott, I know the credit would be nice, but I've been linked in the AJC, and you're not missing anything in terms of traffic. It had a statistically insignificant impact.
Nothing like an Instalanche, even on a Saturday.
Posted by: PhotoDude at August 3, 2002 02:27 PM
For a look at the kind of campaign material McKinney bought with all that loot, go here ... http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/epaper/editions/saturday/metro_d324b3011777f0ab0010.html
Comparing her opponent to thuggish police for lookig out for the taxpayers' interest. Truly despicable. She's very good at appealing to the basest instincts of her district, just like Jesse Helms.
Posted by: Bill Herbert at August 3, 2002 02:32 PM
Hey Insta, how come the site: OpenSecrets.org doesn't disclose union donations to political parties? Why? Unions by politicians too! Lets dispense with the semantics...
Posted by: Insta Curious at August 3, 2002 04:18 PM
Actually, journalists will credit other newspapers if they pick up a quote but rarely admit when they've picked up the story idea from elsewhere. I constantly see major newspapers report a story as news that's run elsewhere days, weeks or months earlier.
Posted by: Joanne Jacobs at August 3, 2002 04:28 PM
"Let's hope her constituents are paying attention. "
McKinney hopes so, too. She hasn't been re-elected so many times by accident. We may know the truth, but McKinney knows her constituency. All she has to do is scream racism and she's in.
Posted by: The Sanity Inspector at August 3, 2002 04:55 PM
Big time kudos to Scott. I have been spreading the word as soon as I first saw the story; McKinney is truly loathsome. But I think Insta Curious's idea is even more striking - imagine how union (or "organized crime" as I prefer calling them) donations would shade a candidate's profile. I'm in NY, I know Pataki's policies would begin to look quite colorful.
Posted by: Radio at August 3, 2002 05:42 PM
I really liked this part of the Pollitt piece:"The problem is that the other side--anti-Sharon, pro-peace, call it what you will-". The flaw is typical, but the blurb at the end requesting support for McKinney is the payoff for wading through the rest of it. It's priceless.
Posted by: RR Ryan at August 3, 2002 09:09 PM
Those of you looking for union donations, they're here.
Posted by: PhotoDude at August 3, 2002 10:03 PM
I think the question that needs to be asked is did Cynthia McKinney know anthing of the Sept 11 attacks? Her links to groups with ties to terrorists are provocative.
Somebody should ask.
Posted by: nick at August 3, 2002 11:23 PM
In the AJC's defense, they have editorialized many times against McKinney (in fact, they have all but called for her resignation)... though that could very well have no effect at all on news coverage.
Posted by: Henry Hanks at August 5, 2002 01:57 AM
The AJC is actually very anti Cynthia McKinney. Cynthia Tucker, the editorial page editor, who is a very liberal, black lady, has written many columns against Cynthia McKinney. I have documented a few of them in my blogs.
Posted by: Denny Wilson at August 5, 2002 02:57 PM