October 13 “News” Article Gives Impression Republicans Cannot Win.
The Star’s “ace” political reporter and analyst delivered another formulaic “newsatorial” on page A-1 of the Star this week complete with unnamed Republicans critical of their party’s candidate for Missouri Governor. The in the first six paragraphs of the article, before it jumps from page A-1 to A-8, Kraske managed to use the following terms to describe Republican Rep. Kenny Hulshof’s campaign for Missouri Governor against Democrat AG Jay Nixon:
- “too late” in getting started
- “unleashed a series of criticisms”
- “struggling to get into contention”
- “paddl(ing) against the current”
- “got a late start;”
- “empty campaign kitty.”
Seven negative references in six paragraphs without quoting anyone!
Any doubt who Kraske think’s and wants to win?
But Kraske continues his assault on page A-8. Continuing to question Hulshof’s viability as a candidate, Kraske in paragraph 10 again goes to the well with unnamed Republican sources who “privately have begun to question Hulshof’s prospects.” Kraske ends the next paragraph describing Holshof’s campaign as “no momentum, no traction.”
The article does not contain one positive named quote supportive of Hulshof – not one. The closest Kraske got in 37 paragraphs is the following:
“Hulshof, insiders say, will close the gap. But he has a long way to go.”
This is standard Kraske/Star modus operandi – no substantive reporting on the issues only “horse race” prognostication and portray, with unnamed sources, the Republican as hopelessly behind.
Read the Kraske story here.