Monday, September 21, 2015
The misplaced priorities of Texas' political reporters
"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
For they shall be filled."
Last week, there was significant social media buzz as Governor Abbott commented about the case with Ahmed Mohammed in Irving, TX. We don't want to comment on that case or the Governor. But it did re-enforce something we already knew about the media.
Abbott didn't discuss "Ahmed" on his own. Neither was he asked about it by anyone attending the event. He was asked about it by the press.
Meanwhile, the Office of the Governor had no jurisdiction over this case.
By contrast, consider the lawless Texas Racing Commission.
A little less than a month ago, the Texas Racing Commission engaged in a staggering act of bureaucratic Chutzpah. They did so in direct opposition to the Texas Senate. It's a classic case of governmental malfeasance.
The kicker: Governor Abbott has direct authority in this case.
Bottom Line: For the press to ask the Governor about a click-baitey, sensationalized national story (that he can't do anything about) instead of the lawless actions of a rogue state agency (where he has direct authority), tells you everything you need to know about the press.