Points By Drew Pritt

Expecting Fairness – The Inequality of Journalism in today’s campaigns.
December 15, 2009, 2:18 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

I guess its too much to ask the media to cover a campaign fairly. After all, they are the Fourth Estate and have become in some cases so bloated with their own sense of self-importance, that there are some in the media….blog world that is, who care nothing for reporting the news. Rather they like to report what they WISH the news was, though that doesn’t make it reality.

One who meets this is Jason Tolbert of the Tolbert Report. He’s a legend in his own mind. Below is an exchange we had this evening after he wrote that no one is paying attention to me.

Check out Ryan Saylor at Arkansas Tonight after tomorrow to see a good reporter who is fair.

Here’s my exchange with Jason Tolbert who will not be receiving any awards for fair journalism lately. Maybe I will win or lose, but it doesn’t change the fact that reporting should be more fair, and Blake Rutherford I believe is correct that Jason Tolbert is “bought and paid for” by the Rethuglicans that continue to sulk over loss after loss after loss at the polls. 

Onto our “discussion” :

Date: Mon, 14 Dec 2009 20:47:00 -0500
To: ; Jason Tolbert
Subject: Really?
I expected a lot more out of you then what you wrote tonight. I guess some people do pay attention to me, but smartass remarks like that suggest something I would like to think you are not in reality. Is it so much to ask you to report news and give a voice to others without your own personal spin. Its okay, if you think I am a nobody. But remember the way you treat others is how you may be treated down the road.
Drew Pritt

On Tue, 15 Dec 2009 01:50:18 +0000, Jason Tolbert wrote:

Not sure what you expected.

Sent from my BlackBerry Smartphone provided by Alltel


Date: Mon, 14 Dec 2009 20:55:52 -0500
Subject: Re: Really?


I expected some fair reporting. I expected you to at least give me some common respect. You think no one listens to me or notices me. Does that negate the importance of the issues I raise or the statements I make any less important?

You can disagree with me if you choose. I mean I have no compelling authority nor legal power to demand you cover my campaign with the same level you do others. I have appealed to you as one who is seemingly wanting to be a journalist and asking you to cover the campaign with fairness, rather than smartass attacks or statements that demean who I am or what I believe.

I guess I expected you to be professional and fair. Too much to expect I guess!



On Tue, 15 Dec 2009 02:04:47 +0000, Jason Tolbert wrote:

I gave you more coverage than anyone else in the state but you are welcome to try your luck with them.

Sent from my BlackBerry Smartphone provided by Alltel




Jason, thats not true and even if it were, that wouldn’t justify writing what you wrote. Look, I am not going to fight with you. I appealed to your sense of fairness and apparently you possess none.



On Tue, 15 Dec 2009 02:04:51 +0000, Jason Tolbert wrote

Well, good luck in your LG run and have a merry Christmas.

Sent from my BlackBerry Smartphone provided by Alltel


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