Honolulu Civil beat which has heretofore been known as an even handed investigative blog has been inexplicably posting perplexing and contradictory stories. In the first one, Lingle, Flush With Cash And On Message, writer Chad Blair gushed over Lingle’s fundraising saying:
Well before midday, Lingle’s big haul was the top breaking news on most Hawaii news outlets, including the website of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, where an ad for Lingle has been running in the top lefthand corner since she launched her campaign Oct. 11.
Well, yes, Chad, when you pay big bucks for ads, you tend to get coverage. You never noticed that before?
He goes on:
But, while Hirono was at least able to report her fourth-quarter take — one-third of Lingle’s — Case was still adding his up.
Hello? Linda Lingle is the great white hope of the GOP – she’s the one who they’re counting on to turn the senate red. Of course GOP money is pouring into her coffers from all over the country. Of course the corporations are showering her with millions of dollars.
Lingle, a Republican, said she may not be able to raise the $8-10 million she thought would be needed to win the race
TEN MILLION DOLLARS??? In 2010 there were 684,481 registered voters and only 42% of them bothered to vote. Lingle is planning to spend $34 for every actual voter in the state? Or figuring more realistically about $85 for every vote she’ll get! (Figuring she’ll only get 40% the vote)
Blair goes on with his puff piece to highlight Lingle’s attempt to position herself as “bipartisan”. Given that Lingle has firmly hitched her wagon to the GOP mule train this is a pathetic attempt to woo conservative Democrats and independents. Hawai’i is a small state and people are still smarting from Lingle’s teacher furloughs that left parents in the lurch and our kids sliding further down in educational standings.
Blair leaves us with a rosy picture of Lingle, flush with dough and a certain winner….until…
John Temple writes Civil Beat Poll – Lingle Trails Both Democratic U.S. Senate Candidates. Now this Civil Beat Poll is, in my estimation, flawed. First and foremost because it uses Blue Dog Democrat, Ed Case’s, polling company. Not exactly unbiased. As you see, the poll focuses on how Republican-like Ed Case is, in order to elicit the conclusion that Ed Case is a better candidate to beat Linda Lingle.
The automated telephone survey of 1,358 likely voters found Case has a 13 percentage point margin over Lingle, 46 percent to 33 percent. Hirono has a 7 percentage point margin, 46 percent to 39 percent. In each case, roughly 20 percent of likely voters said they were either undecided or would pick another candidate.
But Temple goes on to say:
The most recent previous independent poll of this race came just days after Lingle entered the fray in October. Public Policy Polling found Hirono besting Lingle, 48 percent to 42 percent, and Lingle essentially tied with Case, with the Republican at 45 percent and the Democrat at 43 percent. The margin of error was +/- 4.1 percent. Since then, Case has had a much more visible campaign than Hirono.
Notice how Hirono (not Case) always beats Lingle in these polls and the poll not conducted by Ed Case’s polling company puts her much farther ahead. But notice also, Temple buries that point by adding that last sentence claiming that Case has had a “much more visible campaign“. Visible to whom??? I’ve seen zilch from the Case campaign. Visible to his supporter Temple maybe – but not to the rest of us.
I started out writing how much I admired Honolulu Civil Beat but after reading both these articles – first the fact-free puff piece on Lingle, and then the factual yet twisted puff piece on Case, I’m disappointed.
Where’s the fawning piece on Mazie’s kickass campaign – which is being supported by the likes of the Hawaii State AFL-CIO, the National Organization for Women, the Council for a Livable World, Congressman John Lewis, and Senator Barbara Boxer?
Is Honolulu Civil Beat just the first inkling of the Karl Rove spin we’ll be seeing. Are they trying to knock out the more viable (and progressive) candidate, Mazie Hirono, so they can go after Case who makes an easier target? Or does Honolulu Civil Beat just have one writer who is a Lingle supporter and one who is a Case supporter and they’ve left objectivity behind?