The photo credit is ironically from the Columbus Dispatch printing company.*
Central Ohio residents have been treated to yet more of the Columbus Dispatch Printing Company's (CDPC) 'fair and balanced' judgment. Pat Tiberi, a Republican currently holding the 12th Congressional seat at the People's House, has gotten the local daily printing company's endorsement for Congress.
Hopefully, CDPC readers will remember the soundness of the local printing company's past endorsements–including George W. Bush for president in both 2000 and 2004, when shortly before the 2004 election, even the CDPC seemed to know better. In the midst of this latest fill-in-the-blank-shock-and-awe (economic) crisis, that presidential endorsement has displayed where the loyalties of the Wolfe family media empire (owners of the Columbus Dispatch Printing Company) really LIE.
Much like Washington serves its lobbyists, the CDPC likewise serves the corporations who pay for their ads.
The fact that a local printing company's public informational monopoly would find it within their job description to endorse a candidate before even informing the population of where all candidates stand on the issues that they really care about, not only discredits the endorsement, but raises questions as to the credibility of the CDPC itself.
The CDPC wrote, "Tiberi [is a] moderate Republican, reasonable in [his] approaches to policy issues and capable of the nitty-gritty legislative work that's required."
The most glaring omission in this statement is that Tiberi has never sponsored and passed even one piece of legislation in his nearly eight years of [dis]service.
By this same CDPC standard, Tiberi's voting record indicates that he is as "moderate" as he is "capable"!
Let's look at his "moderate" and "reasonable approach" from his congressional voting record, for as even the CDPC noted, "most candidates are fiscal conservatives during the campaign season; the proof is what happens when they get to Capitol Hill."
The question is, why didn't the CDPC look at that "proof" of public record and relate that to their readers?
The [t]reason is that Tiberi's record is far from moderate, and the CDPC is heavily invested in the status quo which Pat Tiberi would no doubt maintain if the voters of the 12th fail to fire him.
Let's look at Tiberi's voting record concerning his 'moderate' fiscal responsibility over the past two years: In agricultural issues, "our" congressman (who represents a large constituency of farmers) voted AGAINST the farmers five out of six times. As a result, the Farm Bureau has not endorsed Tiberi for the 2008 election cycle.
In Tiberi's House appropriations voting record, which is an indication of fiscal conservation or tax and spend tendencies, Tiberi voted FOR 13 of the 14 bills presented.
The conventional myth that Republicans represent the fiscal conservatives in Congress and the White House, is a direct result of the various American Propaganda (AP) "news" sources like the Columbus Dispatch Printing Company.