As conservatives we are accustomed to bias in the national media. It just comes with the territory. We all know the Big Three networks will slant coverage, kill stories that hurt Democrats, and inflate those that hit Republicans. Anyone who does not understand that is either extraordinarily ignorant or flat-out stupid.
Sadly, in our own conservative state of Mississippi the media is not much better. Case in point, a recent letter to the editor of the Clarion Ledger. A Mr. Gary J. Rogers of Madison wrote in support of Thad Cochran’s nomination for the US Senate, at least that’s the inference from the title – Cochran clearly the best choice – and the first few lines of his piece. But it’s really nothing more than a hit piece on Chris McDaniel.
Before we get into Mr. Rogers flawed argument, we should make note of a key point: Why would the Clarion Ledger print something like this with no counterpoints? The McDaniel campaign, and its many supporters, have tried numerous times to get pro-McDaniel letters printed in the newspaper, to no avail. This is clearly a newspaper that is slanted and biased against true conservatives, though we shouldn’t be shocked by this. And because of that, no self-respecting conservative should ever pick it up again.
As for Mr. Rogers attack on Senator McDaniel, let us reprint the letter in its entirety.
By now it should be clear to any reasonably unbiased observer that the nomination of Thad Cochran as the GOP candidate for the U.S. Senate was the best choice.
As the incumbent and a seasoned legislator with significant seniority in the Senate, Cochran will be better able to represent the interests of all Mississippi citizens.
In contrast, the campaign season and its extended aftermath have revealed many traits that make Chris McDaniel unfit to be our senator. As one who seems to follow the whims of his supporters rather than his own convictions, he has weak leadership skills.
As a state senator who frequently championed legislation that failed to become law, he is an ineffective legislator. As a candidate who attracted support from people who have admitted to participation in schemes of questionable moral character, he reflects badly on our state. As one who schedules press conferences to announce decisions only to delay them again and again, he is indecisive.
In his defeat he was provided a golden opportunity to use his position as chairman of the Senate Elections Committee to pursue reformation of an election system he now claims is flawed.
That would be a noble endeavor worthy of admiration. Instead, he pleaded with a judge to declare him the winner of an election in which he received fewer votes than his opponent. When he finally does make a decision, it is short-sighted and selfish. All Mississippians will be better served by Cochran.
He lacks leadership skills? Yet, it was Chris McDaniel who led the successful effort to turn Jones County from Blue to Red. It was Chris McDaniel who led the effort to flip control of MS House from Democrat to Republican. It was Chris McDaniel who took to the floor of the Senate, as a freshman, and stopped the House Democrat bill that would have gerrymandered districts in such a way that Republicans would never take control. His speech was so passionate and inspiriting that several Democrats broke ranks and joined Senate Republicans in killing the bill. And it was Chris McDaniel, and Chris McDaniel almost entirely alone, who fought against Governor Haley Barbour’s tyrannical effort to steal private property from the citizens of Mississippi and give it to big business. Senator McDaniel stood up for the people’s private property rights. If this is not the mark of a leader, then I don’t what is? Has Cochran done as much?
He hasn’t passed any meaningful legislation? He has one of the most impressive records in the state legislature. And has won numerous awards for his legislative work.
Just check out the fact sheet below. They are indisputable, no matter what the Clarion Ledger says about it.
Cochran clearly the best choice, Mr. Rogers? For the establishment, that’s true, but the for the people the only choice was Senator Chris McDaniel.