Monday, July 24, 2006

Monday round-up

  • Politicians

    • Two pieces on Michael Nutter in yesterday's Inquirer: one covering his official announcement event for the Philadelphia mayoral race (and particularly noting who was and wasn't in attendance, although it's hard to fault anyone for staying neutral this early), and the other his anti-violence plan, which has more breadth than depth as yet.

    • Jon Saidel is signalling his seriousness about the mayoral race by hiring big-time consultants. um, wow?

    • Another ethical dilemma for state house Speaker John Perzel: he's on the board of a corrections company that's attempting to take over a company with Pennsylvania contracts. Presumably he could avoid any conflict of interest if he quit the board if the deal goes through, but it's not clear that he agrees that any steps are needed.

    • Small bits from the PA governor race: Rendell picks up some endorsements, Swann travels in a biodiesel bus.

    • Tom Ferrick takes a look at Rendell's alleged urban leanings, and when he runs the numbers he finds out that the state is spending more per capita on several rural counties. (Not that it really answers the question of Rendell's world-view, but it does rather undermine those who think the country subsidizes the city.)

    • John Baer sees signs of life in Bob Casey's Senate campaign. Odd piece, but I can't put my finger on why.

    • Above Average Jane continues to put various suburban races under the spotlight; today it's the 12th state senate race (in Bucks/MontCo), and she offers a substantial interview with Democratic candidate Jeff Albert (running against Stewart Greenleaf).

  • Hot issues

  • Other bits

    • We're not just unworried by the threat of global warming, but are actually planning to spit in its face: new coal plants are planned for the first time in decades, including one along the Delaware River. Coal is one of the dirtiest sources of traditional energy production, but that appears not to factor in to corporate business planning.

    • Anne Dicker wasn't too impressed with Friday's ruling that stocks held by children of lobbyists don't trigger conflict-of-interest restrictions. She's thinking, though, that maybe the solution is to have a baby now, just for the business freedom! heh.

    • AAJane lets us know about another set of workshops on the political ropes; the main seminar is in San Diego, but they appear to have online sessions available as well.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It didn’t take long for Brian Tierney to do exactly what Philadelphia expected. He has used the Philadelphia Newspapers and his PR connections to “SPIN” the truth.

In today’s article about the partnership between Philadelphia Newspapers and, Tierney remarks that “Number one and number one are getting together”.

The deal with does not benefit the region, and they are not the number one online job source. He has his facts confused. (“ Passes Largest Competitor in Revenue and Takes Over #1 Position in Industry”)

Now why is this such a big deal? Because McClatchy specifically dumped the Philadelphia newspapers due to revenue challenges. Brian Tierney pretends like his days of “spinning” public opinion to his advantage are over, but we now in under a month he has proved why he cannot be trusted.

The truth is that Tierney has traded in the #1 Careerbuilder for the #2 Monster because they gave him a big check to do it. How can we trust Tierney to maintain the sanctity of the newsroom, when already it is reporting news to fit the Tierney regime? This is only a tiny blip on the radar, but it touches on something much bigger. Tierney has devoted his life to putting the blinders on the public. Whether in the private space, or publicly reporting fiction as fact, it is only the beginning of what we can expect.

7:45 PM  

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