The Red & Black, the University of Georgia’s “premiere newspaper” (or, as they call themselves, the “dominant news source”) blasted GA 46 Republican Senate candidate Bill Cowsert in an editorial today.
The article, which appeared in the “Our Take: Majority opinions of The Red & Black’s editorial board” section, was entitled Cowsert can’t call: The man running for State Senate in Athens too preoccupied for press. In the piece, the editors excoriated him for “not returning calls,” saying that “one of the few explanations one can assume” is that “Cowsert doesn’t care about our readers.”
The students write:
If the mass-communication media is a direct link between a candidate
and thousands of voters in whatever district they’re in, then a person
running for public office would want to get to know the local news
But Athens resident Bill Cowsert apparently has a different view.
The Republican running against State Rep. Jane Kidd, D-Athens, for
State Senate District 46 recently failed to return multiple phone calls
from a Red & Black reporter seeking comment for a story that ran in
First, I have it from the Cowsert folks that the reporter’s deadline was not made clear to the campaign; were they to have known the time by which he needed to be reached, they say, the calls certainly would have been returned in time.
Second, an official, staff-written, 600-word editorial ranting about a lack of phone calls? Really? It just seems a bit…well…neglectedly childish to me, I suppose — much in the vein of “I’m not getting attention and now I’m mad about it, so I’m going to cause a scene!”
What do you think?