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Peanut Gallery — Press Playing Games Again?

Question from Blog Reader: Today, the Spokesman and the Press carried the announcement by Dan Yake for CdA city council. The SR never mentioned party affiliation for Yake or for Mike Kennedy. In the Press twice Dan’s Republican membership appears. Mike is identified as “Democrat Mike Kennedy.” In the SR he’s “Businessman Mike Kennedy.” Since the city council election is non-partisan I think the Spokesman’s story was more appropriate. Identifying partisan affiliation will actually be an advantage for both Yake and Kennedy over whomever else files if they aren’t also connected to either party. What are your thoughts? — Jane. Q. Citizen.

DFO Answer: At best, the Press doesn’t know the City Council race is nonpartisan; at worst, its already signalling that it prefers Yake over Kennedy. The Press has a nasty habit of using its news columns to subtly promote a candidate. It gets worse as the election draws closer. Keep your eye on the coverage for the candidates.

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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