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January 30, 2014 - 11:34 am

Before I get to the tweets that serve as a timeline, we need to set the stage. David Rauf is the Austin bureau reporter for the San Antonio Express-News and the Houston Chronicle. Those newspapers serve Texas’ largest and second-largest cities. They are big dogs among the Texas press. Jan Soifer is the chair of the Travis County Democratic Party.

The Travis County Democratic Party held a fundraiser with Wendy Davis on Tuesday, and Davis delivered her stump speech. That’s normal stuff. But in a highly unusual move, the TCDP and the Davis campaign barred the event to all but one media outlet, the Texas Tribune, which livestreamed it. According to Rauf, not only did the Tribune get exclusive access, a Davis campaign press release told other media to stay away. They would not be welcome or admitted.

Rauf took to Twitter today trying to get some answers, because apparently the TCDP and the Davis campaign have circled their wagons.

 

Soifer’s initial reply to him was a non-answer.

 

Rauf noted that the TCDP and the Davis campaign limited access to just one outlet, keeping competitors from doing anything other than reporting on what they saw on the Tribune‘s livestream.

 

Rauf persisted.

 

 

 

Soifer answered.

 

That bit of cheerleading didn’t go over very well.

 

 

 

Soifer stopped responding. Tellingly, Democrat activist Phillip Martin chimed in to defend the TCDP, the Davis campaign and the Tribune, with a bit of juvenile snark.

 

Rauf wasn’t amused.

 

Rauf also questioned the Democratic Party’s actions. Bo Delp and Rebecca Acuna work for the Davis campaign and the Texas Democratic Party, respectively.

 

Martin, the juicebox activist, tried again.

 

Rauf, recipient of the Monday “stay away” press release, countered.

 

The episode leaves a strong impression that the Texas Tribune, the Davis campaign and the Democratic Party operations colluded to keep the rest of Texas’ political press away from Wendy Davis as she continues to struggle with the fallout from revelations about her origins story. Rauf insinuates that. The TCDP’s behavior is bizarre, first telling media to stay away, then breezily defending its decision in an obvious lie that was sure to be called out in public. Martin’s interventions proved counterproductive. He needlessly antagonized a reporter who was doing his job.

Davis’ credibility is already suffering heavy blows from her policy flubs and her shading of the facts about herself. Sparking a war against the majority of the political press in the state is so unwise that it verges on lunacy.

Update: Coup de grace.

 

Update: A comment from a television news director in Texas: “Who the f*ck is the Texas Tribune other than a news organization that violates every ethical standard possible – begging for money in the course of their reporting?”

The Tribune is a tax-exempt non-profit, and as such is not supposed to be in competition with any other media.

Update: Another journalist said today: “What kind of planning was it to have Davis give the best speech of her life on the same night as the State of the Union?”

Good question.

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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Well, my question would be this: what happened at the event that it was so important to conceal? They telecasted the stump speech... but what else happened at that fundraiser? What else was said, perhaps when the cameras were turned elsewhere? That's why you limit press access.

I suppose we should file this as Rule 17: "Do whatever it f@!#ing takes."

Partly, I think, the democrats do this because they can. The reporters will complain but ultimately they'll find reasons to fall into line. What blowback did Biden ever get after his staffers locked that reporter in the closet during a fundraiser?
25 weeks ago
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Who's peekin' out from under a scandal
Spreading a meme that's lighter than air
Who's dropping down to give me a gun show
Everyone knows it's Wendy

Who's tripping down the streets of the city
Hiding from everybody she sees
Who's reachin' out to fracture a moment
Everyone knows it's Wendy
And Wendy has stor-my eyes
That flash when she's caught in lies
And Wendy has wings to fly
Above the crowds (those New York crowds)
Above the crowds (those DC crowds)
[Flute]
And Wendy has stor-my eyes
That flash when she's caught in lies
And Wendy has Trib guys buy
Abort the crowds (abort those crowds)
Abort the crowds (abort the crowds)
Who's tripping down the streets of the city
Hiding from everybody she sees
Who's shutting out, they can't capture the moment
Everyone knows it's Wendy
25 weeks ago
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Will reporters ever figure it out? Because they are the propaganda arm of the Democratic party, they are exploited and abused by the Left and despised by the Right. Tomorrow all these "reporters" that were denied access will be gushing over Davis once again. Really, this isn't rocket science.
25 weeks ago
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I think that Thomas Jefferson or Patrick Henry would be unable to express themselves within the 140 character limitation of the bastard child of the media that is Twitter.
24 weeks ago
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Want some real fun. Tilove out of Austin first compares a Wendy Davis campaign poster to that of one of the Puerto Rican terrorists who shot up the House of Representatives. Then it goes downhill as he compares the Davis camp's attempt to control media access to that of the Republicans.

http://www.statesman.com/weblogs/first-reading/2014/jan/31/free-wendy-or-can-wendy-davis-livestream-her-way-s/
25 weeks ago
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"Who dumped the guy who put her through law school,
ditched her own kids to reach for the stars,
who's making fun of the guy in the wheelchair,
. Everyone knows it's Wen-dy."
25 weeks ago
25 weeks ago Link To Comment
Well, well, well. Scratch a Wendy and find a fascist.
25 weeks ago
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I'm going to go out on a limb here and suggest that this is part of Wendy Davis' plan to "tighten her language." It works for Barack Obama. Why not Wendy Davis in her cute little pink tennis shoes?
25 weeks ago
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Having to read these tweets was like listening to a couple of 3rd graders in the back seat arguing. These most juvenile of persons are in charge of Trillions of dollars. CLEAN HOUSE, NOW!
25 weeks ago
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There are many Texas Democrats who will go to the polls and not pull the lever when it comes to governor this year. Take my word for it. I'm related to almost all of them.
25 weeks ago
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Pardon me while I engage in a little schadenfreude. This is the sort of thing that usually happens to TPers and conservatives. It's almost thrilling to see it happen to someone the Dems embraced as quickly and thoughtlessly as McCain did Sarah Palin.

You go, Wendy! Keep up the good work!
25 weeks ago
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Forcing me to read a bunch of tweets does nothing for me. Why don't you try just writing something?
25 weeks ago
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Me neither. It's not like tweets were real literature. Maybe the guy just learned out to do screen prints and is showing off.
25 weeks ago
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Doesn't help if you imagine it in James Earl Jones' and Roddy McDowell's voices either, I tried.
25 weeks ago
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Wendy Davis: Still picking fights with folks who buy ink by the barrel.
25 weeks ago
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