Pressing on

September 25, 2008

The three gubernatorial candidates talked to a bunch of editors about the press this week. Libertarian Andrew Horning was the most critical:

Although he has run for governor as a Libertarian before, Horning suggested that the media figures he will only get 2 percent of the vote “so let’s throw him off the side.”

He even quipped that it would fine if they called him “poopy head” if it got him more press.

OK: Poopy head, poopy head, poopy head, Andrew, you are a poopy head.

Jill Long Thompson said she doesn’t always like what the press writes. Me, either. I don’t even always like what I write. Mitch Daniels said there were “many, many, many times” when he has found coverage to be inaccurate or unfair. Oh, come on, give us one more “many.”

Daniels and Long Thompson talked a lot about making government more transparent, which is the right direction to take the conversation in. As more and more people use the Internet to comment and report on government, and “the media” become less and less important, we’re going to have to find a new government-governed relationship that allows for a different way to disseminate information.

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