Who reports on reporters?
It has come out that the significant other of one of the KNS regular reporters (Georgiana Vines) has been giving money to my opponent while Miss Vines was supposedly reporting on my race in an unbiased way.
The question of media bias comes directly to my mind. While the KNS did the right thing in removing Miss Vines from writing anything further on my race, the question comes to my mind as to past coverage.
Miss Vines was pushing for another interview for another article even on the day this information came out in the financial disclosures of my opponent. While I always try to be open and honest with the media, even before this revelation came to light I had told miss Vines I no longer wanted to do interviews with her or her paper. The articles and editorials had gotten so biased, one sided, mean spirited and in some cases just plain false that I had had my fill.
The question remains will the facts of the conflict of interest be reported by the source so that people can make their own judgement of past bias or not.
Some simple questions I have asked of the editor of the KNS but have yet to get a reply on.
When was communication between Vines and the Walker campaign initiated? Was there any talk of campaign strategy mentioned between the two (the Walker campaign and her significant other) in Vines presence? Did she ever comment? Was there communication between the person she was dating and Miss Vines regarding the campaigns? What was said? What did she know and when did she know it? How much was the contribution? What was the gentleman's name who made the contribution? How many stories did she do after the contribution was made? Not when it was reported but when it was made? Did she know of the donation? Did she approve of the donation? How did it become public? Did she self report or was it found out and reported to you by others?
To provide proof that her reports were, or were not tainted the facts of this should be reported.
While I have no problem with reporters having points of view or even donating to campaigns, when it gets to the point of where their family is openly working to support one candidate over another it should at least be noted if they wish to portray themselves as neutral when reporting on that race.
I hope the KNS want to be as open and forthcoming as they ask others they report on to be.
Give light and let the people decide.