The Oklahoman/NewsOK.com editorial board exposed its rhetorical disingenuousness and its lack of journalistic integrity once again when it juxtaposed two brief commentaries about two women politicians in its weekly ScissorTales series this past weekend.
One of the commentaries incredibly heralded the recent debate performance of GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina as “another strong effort,” a position completely opposite of mainstream analysis of the debate or even approaching any semblance of rationality. It also failed to mention Fiorina’s drooling sanctimonious lies about that non-existent diabolical video that supposedly shows a live fetus about ready to be killed for its organs and her delusional statement at the debate that President Barack Obama has made us unsafe from terror because he fired General Jack Keane, who actually retired from the military before Obama even became president.
The editorial did at least concede that all of Fiorinia’s “good stuff” wasn’t helping her much. The is how the editorial ends: “Unfortunately for Fiorina, it hasn’t helped boost her polling numbers above low single digits.” I wonder if if has anything to do with her consistent lying.
— Salon.com (@Salon) December 18, 2015
The other commentary, which appeared just under the Fiorina “strong effort” piece, criticized former Texas gubernatorial candidate and reproductive-rights activist Wendy Davis for, get this, stretching the truth. The commentary argues that one of the reasons Davis lost the 2014 election is because she “wildly overstated or fabricated” her personal life, and that “she’s at it again” in a recent article she wrote. In that article, Davis writes, “I’m a lifelong Democrat,” and then explains why she once supported an “open carry” law in Texas. The whole point of The Oklahoman commentary is that Davis once supported Republicans for office when she was on the Forth Worth City Council and before she became a state senator so she’s a liar when she says she was “a lifelong Democrat.” Wow, gotcha! Really, why does it even matter that Davis once supported Republicans? The gubernatorial election was in 2014, and she lost that election running as a Democrat. What’s the point of rehashing it on any level to supposedly throw some support to Fiorina? It’s not as if Davis ran for governor in Oklahoma.
The commentary argues, “It seems Davis continues to have trouble recalling key events from her own life,” but that’s not the case at all. Two things to note here. Davis’s Democratic roots, participation and bonafides are not a real issue or major concern among Democrats or anyone else that I know of, and she’s not openly running for office right now like Fiorina, much less for president of the United States.
The juxtaposition of the two brief commentaries had to be intentional in a obvious sexist sense. The commentaries, in the newspaper’s typical nefarious, unethical and sophomoric fashion, are trying to show underlings in cave-person language what only low-information Oklahoma voters can understand: “Good Woman=Carly Fiorina” and “Bad Woman=Wendy Davis.” See, folks, it’s a woman thing, but the two women have no immediate parallels, except that they’re women and politicians. Why does that matter? The omission of the Fiorina lies, which have been widely covered in the media before and after the debate, is an absolute failure of journalistic integrity, especially since the editorial brief was followed by one in which another prominent woman is criticized for fabricating. How can you write about Fiorina without dealing with her fabrications? Davis isn’t running for president. She’s simply writing an op-ed for Politico about guns.
Too many people in Oklahoma, even many Democrats and liberals, laugh off the lack of journalistic integrity in the state’s largest newspaper and shrug their shoulders, but it isn’t funny and it shouldn’t be ignored. They might even see this post as too arcane or obsessive to have any value, but the state’s residents have been exposed to the newspaper’s unethical rhetoric and shallow argumentation for decades upon decades. It has a history of promoting sexist and racist ideology. Can anyone deny that hasn’t influenced people’s political positions here? Too many intelligent people here have supported the newspaper through their silence or fear or, worse, personal gain in some manner. The newspaper’s lack of basic integrity trickles down to how the news gets covered by the newspaper and other media outlets here in Oklahoma. It also dictates what becomes news and what doesn’t here. It’s real. It’s suffocating.
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— Salon.com (@Salon) December 11, 2015