When Evan Smith left the Left-leaning Texas Monthly magazine to start a new online Texas Policy news site, I had very little doubt that, despite the claims of unbiased, objective reporting, that the new venture, the Texas Tribune, would likewise be a Liberal-biased organization.
It’s really not their fault — Evan is a Liberal. He hired a house-full of Liberal journalists to write for the site. I’m not sure he hired a single unapologetically, Republican-voting Conservative. If he did, could you raise your hand so we know who you are?
They’ve been off to a good start — and despite the fact that they’re another Lefty news organization, they’re doing some really good work over there, and providing some fantastic resources for bloggers and other media outlets alike.
But that doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be called out for their Liberal biases when they rear their heads.
Like two items from last week that were spotlighted in this weekly roundup:
The Paradox of Black Conservatives
We asked Wallace Jefferson, the African American chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court, why he’s a Republican.
They probably have no idea why that is so insulting and inherently racist. You see, in the eyes of Liberals, all Blacks are expected to toe the Liberal party line. And when one dares to leave the plantation, they’ve just got to know how a black man can betray his race by siding with Conservatives.
I wonder if they asked Texas Supreme Court Justice Dale Wainwright, who also happens to be black and Conservative, the same thing? Or Texas Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams? Maybe they could spot some kind of trend…
Dancing on the Defunct Political Career of Tom Delay
Tom Delay, the former Houston congressman and U.S. House majority leader, hasn’t been in politics since 2006.
But that didn’t stop Evan Smith’s Texas Monthly…errr…I mean Smith’s former Texas Monthly….from putting Delay on the cover and declaring him the 2010 Bum Steer of the Year. So, of course, Smith agrees with his former rag and posts it to his new site, too.
There are truck-loads of politicians — one’s who are still actively involved in politics — deserving of the “Bum Steer of the Year” award in Texas. Like Democrats who ground the Legislative session to a halt, leaving a bus-load of important legislation unresolved, all so they could thwart the will of an overwhelming majority of Texas voters who wanted Voter ID laws passed.
Or what about Lloyd Doggett, who admitted that he doesn’t care what his constituents want; that he’ll vote against their wishes regardless.
But there was no way Texas Monthly or it’s new sister- news org were going to name a Democrat the “Bum Steer of the Year”, so they went after an easy target in Tom Delay.
So much for honest, unbiased, and objective reporting. I knew it was too good to be true.