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September 20, 2013 - 11:45 am

The Texas Tribune bills itself as a non-partisan straight news source. When I recently questioned that status, as a matter of fact, its editor-in-chief, Evan Smith, came here to affirm it in comments on that post.

So what, then, are the Tribune’s readers to make of this story? It lovingly predicts the first week for a Democratic candidate who has not even officially launched her campaign.

You know what fan fiction is, right? Well, that’s what Ben Philpott has produced.

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Wendy Davis is not, as of this date or the writing of that piece, an actual candidate for governor in Texas. But that fact isn’t slowing the Texas media down from salivating over her.

Philpott puts fake quotes in her mouth:

Davis held her campaign kickoff on a field beside I M Terrell Elementary in Fort Worth. The location gave Davis a chance to campaign on the need to invest in state infrastructure, with the school on one side of her and Interstate 30 on the other. The theme of her opening speech: bringing Texans together.

“Together we can do what they won’t,” Davis told a raucous crowd. “We can stand, we can stand up for each other, we can stand up for what’s right, and we can stand up for Texas. God bless you.”

He uses real quotes from real consultants to construct a conceit that is not necessary. A straightforward pre-analysis piece could have had balance and read a bit less like a love letter. Philpott expresses no reservations or skepticism that someone who has never run for statewide office will have anything but a stellar first week on the campaign trail — which she has not even officially ridden onto yet. Philpott casts Davis in the role of star on the statewide stage, under attack from Republicans for keepin’ it real and trying to take back abandoned territory and stuff.

It’s fan fiction.

For a Democrat.

In a “non-partisan” publication.

This the second time this week we’ve caught Texas media doing advance work for Wendy Davis. And her campaign hasn’t even officially started yet.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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I said in that earlier thread that we would see.

We have seen.
49 weeks ago
49 weeks ago Link To Comment
The fact that Evan Smith could hold his job at the Texas Monthly (who never saw a Republican they liked) for 18 years should tell you all you need to know about the "Trib."

It tries to represent itself as "fair and balanced" but someone needs to ask Smith who on the Trib staff could be considered conservative. Heck, everyone in Texas knows the Trib is far left. It just lies about that when asked.

Oh, make no mistake; the Trib will carry Wendy Davis' water for her, but she has just about as much chance of winning against Greg Abbott in Texas as Harry Reid would have.
49 weeks ago
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Here comes the spin. Better get ready for it. It's only going to ramp up. Remember Alinsky. Shove all of it back down Wendy's ...
49 weeks ago
49 weeks ago Link To Comment
Any newspaper editor that counts the Castro Brothers as "boon companions" is hardly non-partisan. TT is front and center in the Turn Texas Blue movement and is working hard to create the "foregone conclusion narrative". Among other things has been a recent push to move their stories into the news feeds for Texas' regular daily papers.

This was the first article up in their newsfeed this morning.
But in a year when their liberal opponents are accusing them of waging a war on women, they could end up with very few women at the top of their ticket.

"It is easy to see that as a talking point, especially if the Democratic ticket is led by a woman, but it is difficult to tell what it might mean on Election Day in November 2014." Ross Ramsey: http://trib.it/16cqMfd

The conclusion is obvious, proclaim another War on Women campaign, Davis is a woman and therefore, women will automatically vote for her. (Condescending much?) The subtext is that the only qualification Davis needs to sit in the Texas Gov's Office is that she's a woman. Game Over.

WaPo is also in on the act
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/09/18/what-wendy-davis-needs-to-have-a-shot-at-becoming-texas-governor/

Got to love WaPo trying to establish that Davis needs a broader platform and support than the Pro-Choice Lobby - then go to Emily's list for quotes on how popular she is with their supporters. Then, fail to mention that most Texans opposed the position that boosted her name recognition - in short, it's tied around her neck like a pork chop on an ugly baby.
49 weeks ago
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It's good you are calling him out on claiming to be nonpartisan. That is a lie.
49 weeks ago
49 weeks ago Link To Comment
This type of behavior is why I stopped subscribing to the FtW Star Telegram. It's normal reporting seemed to be tilting toward the left/Democrat side. Even the local Fox affiliate seems to have biased reporters. It will be interesting to see the venom and lies that the media will spew forth regardless of who runs....
49 weeks ago
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Funny in Montgomery Tx I get an ad for the NY Time's, YOU gots to be kidding me
Wendy Davis is a left wing nut job, living in the Liberal Kindergarten of Bliss land of wonder and FREE
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