Ossoff’s Gift From A Slobbering Media

The tsunami of commercials from Karen Handel and Jon Ossoff drowning television viewers in the metro Atlanta media market is distorting some basic facts about the contest, and the general tone of the media coverage isn’t helping inform anyone either. As a former reporter, political consultant and a news consumer in Atlanta for more than 40 years, I’ve never seen any candidate receive deeper, wetter kisses from the Atlanta press corps than the ones they’re giving Jon Ossoff every day. His fiancée ought to be worried, because every news director, assignment editor and reporter in this town wants to have Ossoff’s baby. It’s not incompetence as much as a character trait –Atlanta media is so deep in the tank for Ossoff they’ve become like the goldfish who don’t know that water is wet.

A recent case was local coverage of a joint appearance by Handel and Ossoff at a breakfast for Jewish War Veterans in Dunwoody. Handel spoke first -and adamantly- in support of the Taylor Force Act, which would strip US aid to organizations that fund terrorism, including the Palestinian Authority, which uses American tax dollars to compensate families of suicide bombers, and gives bonuses based on the victim count. (The Taylor Force Act, named for an American veteran murdered in Israel, has broad support in Congress and is so a priori obvious it shouldn’t even be an issue.)

Ossoff, speaking after Handel, mouthed some fluff about “…aid is leverage and I’d be interested to work with the State Department and the government of Israel to ensure that no U.S. aid that flows to the PA finds its way to the families of those that have killed Israelis.” That’s a lot of words to say what should be painfully obvious: Don’t. Give. Aid. To. Terrorists. And don’t try to “leverage” them either –leverage is just another word for “negotiate.”

Handel wants aid to terrorists to stop immediately. Ossoff wants to negotiate and send very stern letters to them or something. But the local coverage, astonishingly, reported that Handel proposed cutting aid -to Israel. I suppose there may be a few reporters who don’t know the difference between the Palestinian Authority and Israel, but they should stick to writing for their middle-school newspapers.

One reporter getting one fact 100% wrong in one story might not seem like a big deal. But 45% of the ENTIRE JEWISH POPULATION OF GEORGIA lives in the 6th District, so in this case, this fact being reported correctly matters more than a little.

Jon Ossoff is getting such fawning, whorish media treatment because he’s the shiny new object. He’s young and well-spoken, and has experience working for the dippy Hank Johnson and the civil rights museum-piece John Lewis. He’s as cute as a speckled puppy with almost as much experience. He’s Robert Redford in “The Candidate” –handsome as hell and one inch deep.

Karen Handel, on the other hand, is a known entity. She served as Georgia’s Secretary of State, and managed to lead that office into the internet era without accidentally releasing voter data to anybody. She was Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of Fulton County –and actually balanced that beleaguered government’s budget. Handel has a proven, demonstrated record of conservatism, competence and honest public service. Which makes her “boring” to the news media.

Well, good government is boring. It’s supposed to be boring. And shame on the Atlanta news media for not informing their viewers that. Because good, boring government is far more important than wrong news. Even if it is exciting and shiny.

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vee g
vee g

this race is about one thing and one thing only…who is going to be an accomplice to the corrupt President and he continues to lead us down devastating paths…and who will be a consistent, constant, voice of accountability against him. everything else is just noise. Handel is not that person and her silence speaks volumes about what she will be bringing to Washington. her only foothold is the people who put party over country and just want to keep the seat red

LoyaltyIsMyHonor
LoyaltyIsMyHonor

Jesus H. Christ, where the hell did you come from?

xdog
xdog

I guess the race is really close.

augusta52
augusta52

Mike, sounds like you are frustrated living in the DeKalb portion of the 6th District, which of course Ossoff easily won a month ago and will do so again in 27 days. This ain’t the (north) DeKalb/Northlake-Tucker of a generation ago, when conservatives like Betty Jo Williams and Joe Burton were in office…those days are long gone,. long long gone. In fact, last November, Trump failed to carry a single precinct in DeKalb south of I-85 (the first part of which opened in North DeKalb 60 years ago this month)–probably the first time in that time period that not a… Read more »

Robbie
Robbie

I’m always entertained (read: bothered) by the folks who use Israel as short hand for “Jews” and who claim that Israel is the only idea that Jews care about. Frankly, it’s an antiquated and offensive line of thinking, and in this piece, Mike ignores that Ossoff even comes from a Jewish family. It’s worth noting that Jews have historically been Democrats because we care about things like social service programs, helping the poor, a woman’s right to choose, LGBT civil rights, and other things that the modern GOP stands against. Many of us – even those of us who have… Read more »

Sally Forth
Sally Forth

Welcome back, Mike. It’s good to see a fellow P/P contributor on here. This blog seems to have been taken over by the far-left lately, so hold onto your hat! You are 100% right about the media romance with all things left of center, journalism schmernalism. We don’t need no stinkin’ factual reporting. The sad thing about media manipulation of this 6th CD race is that it’s the people who live in the 6th who will bear the brunt of its outcome. Experience or qualifications be damned. After the years of having Price’s knowledgeable service and influence as part of… Read more »

PM
PM

Mike – Clever. Accurate. Thanks for both.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Oh man, that’s the stuff! Inject these takes right into my veins!

augusta52
augusta52

Robbie, thanks for your insight. I looked up some old stats on Jewish voting in presidential elections, and found that GOP support seemed to peek decades ago, like about 40% for Nixon in his 1972 landslide, 45% for Gerald Ford against Carter and 40% for Reagan against Carter. After 1980, the Jewish vote turned more heavily Democratic, like 65% for Mondale in 1984 and 77% for Gore in 2000. The changes may have been due to increase influence of the “Religious Right” in the 1980s—the Falwell/Pat Robertson crowd. For Carter in 1976, the Jewish vote against him seemed to have… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

In addition to the religious right, consider the shift in the Rupublican and Democratic platforms following the Civil Rights Act. Jewish communities were heavily involved in the Civil Rights Movement (turns out we know a thing or two about the injustices of being a persecuted minority). In fact, the Temple on Peachtreee was bombed by terrorists in 1958 because of the synagogue’s support for Civil Rights. As the GOP began to pursue its “Southern Strategy” with beginning with Nixon and becoming more overt with Reagan in 1980, I would imagine those policies pushed away a fair number of Jewish voters.… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

“[I]t looks like she just never updated the “Republican campaign site starter pack” she bought from GoDaddy.” LOL

edatlanta
edatlanta

“for more than 40 years”

Yeah…. way to sell yourself short.

Whatsben
Whatsben

Maybe there’s a reason why people are having so much trouble writing pro-Handel stories… maybe she’s terrible… I don’t know, food for thought

Benevolus
Benevolus

It’s looking like a terrible campaign anyway.

Progressive Dem
Progressive Dem

She’s toast. Comey firing, Russia investigations and Trump Care are having countervailing impacts on party turnout.

Tony Scalzitti
Tony Scalzitti

Not to disparage the author in any way, more views are always needed, but making the assumption that the media is Pro Ossoff is a mistake. The media and voters could just as easily dislike Handel or the status quo; an unknown represents and chance for change.

Regardless voters will make their choice soon enough, and hopefully both parties will examine their positions afterwards and better align with what the people actually want.

johnnyblastoff
johnnyblastoff
Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

So what’s Handel’s position on the Trump budget that slashes spending on science and medical research, including cutting the budget of the CDC, an agency with a large office or offices and hundreds if not thousands of employees in the well-educated and sicence-oriented GA-6, by $1.2 billion?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2017/05/22/trump-budget-seeks-huge-cuts-to-disease-prevention-and-medical-research-departments/?utm_term=.c6ffa60c4719

Crickets of course. What’s a GOP Trump rubber stamp to do? Make waves like Tom Price is doing as HHS Secretary?