Knute Buehler is a Republican running for statewide office in Oregon. Therefore, whatever coverage he receives from the newspaper of record is typically scant. The Oregonian has a long, rich history of liberal bias, and yesterday’s story about Dr. Buehler is no exception. In a news article about a press conference he held, the reporter, a new addition to the liberal bias team, devotes fully 45% of her article not to the press conference itself, but rather to the response by the incumbent – our very own Secretary of State, #KorruptKate Brown. Yes, 45% – 171 of 383 words – is devoted to covering the response of the incumbent, who just happens to be a Democrat who claims to be the highest ranked bisexual public figure in the nation (NTTATWWT).
Is it too much to ask that the campaign be covered fairly? When Conservatives complain about liberal media bias, they refer to these types of articles. A press conference should be covered on its merits. The reporter is out of line in allowing the opponent’s response to dominate the article. It’s as if she’s working for the campaign, instead of exhibiting the journalistic integrity of attempting to fairly cover a press conference without obvious bias. If you’re going to report on the opponent’s response, fine. Put that in a different article. The headline is easy: “Kate Brown’s Campaign Responds To Knute Buehler’s Press Conference.” Instead, the Oregonian repeats its long pattern of shaping public opinion by carrying water for the Democrats, rather than impartially reporting on the facts.
Here is the full article, so the readers can see for themselves (Brown campaign response coverage is highlighted):
Republican Knute Buehler, a candidate for secretary of state, says he plans to change Oregonians’ perceptions of the state office.
Buehler, a physician who owns a clinic in Bend, has never run for office before, but has worked on ballot measure campaigns. So far, his campaign has raised $800,000, he said.
The secretary of state’s office has the most promise to effect change, Buehler said at a news conference Tuesday. He admits that he looks at the duties of the office differently than most. The office is typically defined as one that regulates elections, administers public records and audits public accounts.
“The secretary of state’s office has been under performing,” Buehler said. “People don’t see the value that the secretary of state has to make an impact.”
At Pli Systems, a Hillsboro company that does soil and foundation stabilization work and is owned by Manuel Castaneda, who is running for the state House, Buehler laid out three ways he would reformat the office, beginning with restructuring the state Corporation Division.
He wants to create a small business navigator where businesses can access needed information on agencies and regulations, enforce the five-year review where agencies are required to determine if rules are efficient and push for reforms to the Public Employee Retirement System.
“Most of what Dr. Buehler is proposing is already being done by Secretary Brown,” said Kevin Lawler, campaign manager for Secretary of State Kate Brown, who is seeking reelection. “She’s been a real champion for small businesses through the secretary of state’s office. I hope as the campaign goes on, Dr. Buehler will take the time to learn more of the facts before he tries to throw political punches.”
Brown launched an online business portal, Business Xpress, that allows businesses to start or expand their operations, he said. The site went live in late June and Brown is currently sharing it with Oregon business owners.
Brown didn’t directly address Buehler’s accusations but made clear her office’s duties.
“Oregonians want a secretary of state that will protect the integrity of our elections, help small businesses grow and create jobs and perform tough audits to ensure our government is accountable,” Brown wrote in a statement to The Oregonian. “I have done that and I am proud of my record as Secretary of State.”
In fact, the reader may notice a confusing transition between coverage of the presser and the #KorruptKate campaign response. One is not sure if the next paragraph is further reporting, pontification by the reporter, or an official statement from the Kate Brown campaign. Sloppy writing or editing, in this case, exacerbates the bias.
[5440 note: for the inevitable complaints of bias in posts on this site, save your breath. We never claimed to offer unbiased posts, we merely seek to balance out the overwhelming liberal bias in the deep blue Oregon media.]