The Manassas Urinal-Massager tries in today’s edition to cover the controversy regarding Jeanette Rishell’s blatantly false claims in her campaign materials, and gives it as little ink as possible. Although the reporter investigates the claims and shows them to be entirely without merit, this short article only investigates one of the false claims being made, and gives that the barest coverage. I’ve had a fair amount of time with the reporter who wrote this, and Lillian Kafka is a lot better than what the editorial board allowed through the filter the paper’s biased editorial perspective. How can you possibly document that something is a lie, and end the article with something like this?
“Politics is hard-hitting. You expect the other person to zing me, but to make things up is just beyond the pale,” [Jackson] Miller said.
[Rishell For Delegate Campaign Manager Josh] Panger insisted that Miller voted for the pay increase and referred queries to the state budget, but there is no mention of per diem rates in the budget.
Rishell can’t explain what her campaign is alleging, her campaign manager can’t do it either, and the editorial board is just going to let pass his nonsensical hand-off to “the state budget”? Why didn’t they just get the phone number for “the state budget” and call it up and ask it a few questions, then? How about calling a spade a spade, as I strongly suspect the reporter did before the editorial board started hacking at this article, and just document that the Jeanette Rishell campaign cannot substantiate the claims it is making in it’s campaign materials? If the Manassas Urinal-Massager had any real intention of providing the information that voters need in order to make informed choices on November 6th, you’d think fully running down the veracity of these disputed allegations would be a priority. Instead, it’s seemingly downplaying this incident in order to protect Rishell from the consequences of her actions.
Haven’t we seen this attitude before?
No one should be under the impression that if Jackson Miller was making these unsubstantiated claims that the Urinal-Massager would give him a pass like this. No, this is the absolute minimum that the MJM can do on this and still claim that they’ve covered the story, which will certainly leave plenty of readers wondering why this story appeared in the first place.
It’s a disgrace.
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