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Friday, May 05, 2006

Deja Vu

Tuesday’s Deseret Morning News - front page, above the fold - announced “a political compromise is in the works” on tax reform. Their report was echoed on KSL and other news outlets.

This has happened before.

Remember the tense negotiating days toward the end of the 2006 Session? At one sensitive point in the process, the D News rushed to give their readers the impression that a compromise agreement was imminent when no agreement ever existed (only a House member’s proposal that never caught fire.) *

So, history repeats itself.

Glen Warchol got it right.

A new proposal is great. This place runs on a steady stream of new ideas. It means smart, responsible people are working hard to find something that works.

But to proclaim legislative leadership has a “political compromise,” when it’s really just a few House members and executive branch staff brainstorming a new approach, stretches the bounds of credibility. Again.

* The real compromise agreement of 2006 came about several days later - thanks to hard work, careful negotiations, and unreasonable patience on all sides. The agreement was announced to all media outlets at the same time.

8 Comments:

Blogger The Senate Site said...

NOTE: We drafted this blog a few days ago, but decided not to post it. Everyone has some level of bias; we all make mistakes. Why shine the light on a good reporter who is just trying to do his job?

Since then, however, we've had a change of heart.

5/05/2006 11:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Warchol "got it right" because his story ran a day after Bernick's.

5/05/2006 9:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bernick does an outstanding job only it's not as an independent reproter, but as the one-man Utah House of Representatives Public Relations and Propaganda Department. Of course
Warchol got it right. Bernick's job is to cover FOR the House. It's the world's oldest profession, only he does not have to disclose the fees....

5/05/2006 11:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bernick has done this in the past, only this time he got caught. One wonders about his legislative agenda, since he reports in favorable terms those things he likes about the people he likes and blasts those he does not like. Perhaps he should run for office since he can't seem to see pass his own prejudices to report the news objectively.

5/06/2006 7:35 AM  
Anonymous Diamondback Jack said...

Anonymous says, "Warchol 'got it right' because his story ran a day after Bernick's."

In other words, he took the time to get his facts straight and didn't insert private hallucinations into the story. I don't know, though, I've read some Warchol blogs and I wouldn't dismiss hallucination outright.

Most people are not in such an anxiety ridden state to hear about government tax proposals that we can't wait 24 hours for the real story.

5/06/2006 3:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why can't we all just get along?

- Rodney King

5/08/2006 10:04 PM  
Anonymous Gus said...

Credit Bob Bernick with passion. He has fought with partisan zeal usually reserved for party hacks and true believers to support certain personalities in the House of Representatives in removing the sales tax from food. Maybe you guys could pass legislation to remove sales tax from Bob Bernick's food, so he can get back to being an ethical, impartial reporter.

2/09/2007 3:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Party!

4/26/2008 5:22 PM  

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