(From the diaries -- kos)
Senator Susan Collins gets amazing press from the Bangor Daily News. AMAZING. Her press release's complaints that she was being taped by the Allen campaign - while, gasp, marching in a parade - got the BDN to do a front page story and to run an editorial tut-tutting over it as bad for civil discourse in Maine.
When she first ran, the BDN got all agog because people had looked at information in the public record about her.
They are her biggest fans, excusing away every pro-war and pro-Bush vote. They help keep the myth alive that she is a thoughtful moderate.
Well, what almost no one knows is that the Executive Editor of the BDN (Mark Woodward)'s wife (Bridget Woodward) is on Senator Collins' Bangor staff. This is a clear conflict of interest.
How can we inform the people of Maine about it? You know darn well that the BDN won't tell anyone!!!
For a bunch of folks who are SO concerned with potential problems in how campaigns are run, the BDN is living in a big glass house.
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