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In which the Post-Gazette abandons even the pretense of impartiality

Every time I think that the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette can’t go any lower, they manage to amaze me. Normally, at this point, I would post a link to the offensive article in question, but this one smacks of such journalistic malpractice that the WordPress servers which host the watercooler would immediately burst into flame if I did.

So let’s use our imagination and pretend that we’re reading the PG’s disingenuous endorsements for the PA House in the 39th District. A year and a half ago I chronicled Rick Saccone’s campaign to capture a seat in the PA House in the Mon Valley from Dave Levdansky who had held the seat for 26 very long years. It was a classic David and Goliath story, and Rick won against all odds.

Since then, by all measures Rick has been doing a great job both in Harrisburg and in the district. He’s a conservative voice in Harrisburg who genuinely reflects the views of his constituents even if most of them are Democrats. His office staff will do virtually anything for anyone who asks. He’s at every Boy Scout dinner, community day, and town hall that he can make.

In short, he approaches his job differently than Levdansky did. For instance, he has never shot the middle finger to any of his constituents from the House floor. He has never screamed “I own this borough” while standing on the blade of a bobcat in the middle of a public beautification area in Elizabeth Borough. He has never been supported by CeaseFire PA or Planned Parenthood. His wife has never taken out a Protection from Abuse order against him.

So what does the PG do? They endorse Rick’s opponent. The PG’s only comment was:

Mr. Saccone, 53, a former Air Force captain who became a college professor, declined the Post-Gazette’s invitation to meet with editorial writers along with his challenger.

So who is his challenger? I’m not going to state her name here (for much the same reasons that Dan Aykroyd should not have thought of the Sta-Puft Marshmallow Man in Ghostbusters), but I can give you a thumbnail sketch of her. She claims to be a Reagan Republican but has never supported a Republican candidate against Levdansky. She’s hiked taxes in her school district twice. She opposes property tax reform and school choice. She had an epiphany on gun rights and joined the NRA weeks before she decided to run for office. Hallelujah!!

This is the perfect “Republican” for the PG to endorse. What they didn’t tell you is that when Rick spoke to them about the endorsement interview they told him that they had already decided to endorse Levdansky in the general election.

So what does that tell you? If Levdansky’s their boy, why would they endorse Rick’s opponent? Oh–because she’d lose.

Congratulations, Post-Gazette. You’ve hit yet another new low.

April 13, 2012 at 9:40 pm
  • April 14, 2012 at 5:27 pmN Pgh Progressive

    Rep. Saccone didn’t show up and that is the only reason he didn’t get the endorsement. All he had to do was actually meet with them.

    Are you going to go after the Trib for endorsing Critz just because they know Rothfus can beat Critz?

    You should write a letter to the PG editor like the candidate in the 20th District did after he didn’t get the endorsement: 2012: 2010:

  • April 16, 2012 at 1:00 pmPatrick J. All

    You should do your homework before commenting on something you know nothing about.

    Rick Saccone either did not want the endorsement or he he was afraid to answer the Post Gazette’s questions regarding the issues. Anyway, he did not show. For which reason, would one suppose?

    The League of Woman Voters is sponsoring a forum for the candidates, Wednesday, April 18, 2012 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm at:
    Central Volunteer Fire Hall, 425 Scenery Drive, Elizabeth, PA 15037 Will Saccone
    show? Levdansky has not been in Harrisburg for two years. Let’s see who knows the issues.

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