Friday, January 5, 2018

#TXLEGE: Media Correction of the (Young) Year

"He who is slow to wrath has great understanding,
But he who is impulsive exalts folly."
Proverbs 14:29

Late yesterday afternoon, we posted to Facebook about wanting to write a longer...critique...of a sensationalistic article the Trib published about a Texas House race West of Waco.  Chris Evans, the TxRTL endorsed challenger to a liberal Republican incumbent, apparently got in some legal trouble a decade and a half ago.  The original article was a transparent opposition research dump fed to a credulous reporter who subsequently posted a click driven story.

The Trib has subsequently updated the story.   It's now straight news recounting.  Since they fixed their story before we got a chance to write this blog post, we'll cut them some slack.

But the correction they posted is mint:
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly described Texas House candidate Chris Evans as having been convicted for possessing a pipe bomb. He received deferred adjudication for the offense.
Gee..what could you have possibly been trying to imply by saying he was "convicted" for possessing "a pipe bomb"?!?

That being said, the funniest part is how the Trib's unforced error allows Chris Evans to run a media-bashing campaign the rest of the way.  Expect messaging along the lines of "you know the liberal media is scared of Chris Evans because they're already attacking him."  As a point of comparison, if you're wondering how that messaging will resonate in that district, just remember the HD-59 is Sid Miller's old district (*).

Bottom Line: This was a funny unforced error.


* - It's worth pointing out that the liberal Republican incumbent was originally elected with assistance from Planned Parenthoood.

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