In this business, it’s the price of effort. Bulletin Editor George Lauby was pictured recently with Bob Kerrey on an anonymous Republican blog at www.leavenworthst.com.
At the Bulletin, we’ve been working hard to get beyond the sound bites of attack ads.
Given the divisiveness in government, sounds bites just make things worse.
The blurb on the leavenworthst blog was an example of the ugly side of politics -- divisive, out-of-context, biting baloney.
A picture was taken on a Sunday afternoon, July 1, when Kerrey, a candidate for U.S. Senate, met Lauby and other reporters downtown at the Lincoln County Democrats office.
Kerrey’s press secretary scheduled reporters at separate times, allotting 15 minutes or so for each.
A KNOP reporter arrived while Lauby was interviewing Kerrey. For some reason he set up his TV camera in a far corner of the mostly empty room and filmed the two talking.
That angle comprised a bit of KNOP’s news report and interview, and the leavenworth blogger captured a “still” from KNOP and posted it on “Leavenworthst."
The blogger first defended Deb Fischer’s ranching subsidies, calling such criticism “slurp.”
Then the blogger said the picture showed Kerrey meeting with "his North Platte supporter at a BBQ."
It just goes to show -- don’t get news from blogs.
To see who will represent you best in the political battles of Washington, D.C., read in-depth interviews about the candidates from reporters who take time to interview them, even late on a Sunday afternoon.
By the way, a good number of people turned out at a BBQ in Hershey for Kerrey that night (which only Lauby covered) and donated about $6,000 to the Kerrey campaign to help him pursue his goal of bridging divides in D.C.
That is a refreshing goal, no matter what, considering the fountains of misinformation and, well, the slurp of politics.