Friday's HOT MIC

Friday's HOT MIC

Great news: Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach yesterday announced that he is running for governor of the state of Kansas.

Echoing President Trump, Kobach declared that it’s time to “drain the swamp” in Topeka. The local media, which has long had it in for Kobach, is already gunning for the rising GOP star.

The Kansas City Star (or "Red Star," as Kobach and many other locals call it) showed so much bias in its first article about Kobach's candidacy that the article could be used as a "case study in journalism school," Jack Cashill wrote at the Kansas City-based Sentinel.

Kobach has championed “some of the strictest voting laws in the nation.” He is “the architect of controversial election and immigration laws.” He “advised President Donald Trump (a bad thing at 18th & Grand).

Kobach has made claims of widespread voter fraud “that election experts say are overblown.” The ACLU says his new law “makes it harder for rightful voters to participate in elections.” An ACLU guy called Kobach the “king of voter suppression.”

Kobach has associated “with groups considered extremist by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Kobach has repeatedly rejected accusations of racial bias.” He helped craft an Arizona law “that critics say encouraged racial profiling.” On the Sentinel smear-o-meter, this article rates a 9.8 out of ten. The Star failed only to ask Kobach when was the last time he beat his wife.

Oh yeah, and by the way, Kobach “holds degrees from Harvard and Yale, worked in the U.S. Department of Justice under former Attorney General John Ashcroft in the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11 attack”–Oxford too by the way, typical white nationalist credentials.

This initial article on Kobach’s candidacy is so perversely partisan, in fact, that it may one day be used as a case study in journalism school. To quote the ACLU is bad enough. To quote the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) crosses the line from journalism into pure race baiting propaganda.

On the other hand, whoever ends up being the Dem candidate can expect to receive nothing but friendly, fawning coverage from the odious Red Star.