Perdue vs. The AJC

Now, we all know that the AJC is no friend of the Governor (or any GOP candidate for that matter). But, the latest release issued by the Governor’s campaign is: Hypocrisy Alert: The AJC is at it again…

Like I said, the fact that the AJC is not supporting the GOP administration is nothing newsworthy; however, a big media outlet such as the AJC can be a difficult opponent, and declaring a PR war on them is most likely not a good idea. Not that the Governor has declared war, but sometimes the best strategy in a situation like this is take what you can get from them and ignore the rest.

For the record, I agree with McLagan and the rest of the Gov’s team on this issue – I just hope this kind of attack doesn’t come back to haunt them!


  1. Romegaguy says:

    McLagan is picking a fight with an entity he cant possibly win. GAwire you are right to be worried about this, as we all should.

    During Bill Campbell’s first term as mayor, he started a fight with the AJC. During his re-election effort, for about 3 months straight, 7 days a week there was a negative story on Campbell either on the front page, above the fold or on the front page of the local section of the AJC. Sometimes in both locations.

    If there was a positive story, it would be hard to find buried somewhere near the classifieds or obits. Now I am not comparing the administration of Campbell and Perdue just using it to illustrate a point of what happens when you pick a fight with someone that buys ink by the truckload.

    Yes Campbell was re-elected but how much money do you think he had to spend to counteract what was being ran in the AJC? I also believe that Cox or Taylor will have better ran campaigns than Arrington did which will be better able to take advantage of all of the negative press that Dan has invited.

  2. GAWire says:

    First lesson of press politics: Never try to go head-to-head with a major news outlet!

    Always treat the media with respect, no matter how much you don’t like them!

  3. macongop says:

    Perdue needs to remneber that its hard to fight a newspaper, they have a lot more ink than he ever will!

  4. Tater Tate says:

    I reject the conventional wisdom expressed above by GAWIRE. I think we let the papers get away with too much. Glad their circulation is going down, we need to challenge them at every point when they are factually wrong or clearly reveal their liberal leanings, which they do all to often.

  5. Chris says:

    I can’t help but think that the governor also works for an organization that buys ink by the barrel. Most of it is used to print tax forms, but perhaps he can put some of it to better use. 🙂

  6. Booray says:

    The AJC is a paper tiger (forgive the pun). Their circulation is pathetic given the size of their potential market – mostly due to the obvious bias they show.

    I actually think it’s a smart strategy – fighting back against the liberal mouthpiece of the in-town crowd as a way of showing you will stand up to liberals who try to beat Republicans. Should help Perdue with the base.

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