By: Erick Erickson (Diary) | February 17th, 2013 at 09:55 PM – Politico reporter Emily Schulteis proves today why journalism is a dying and biased industry. She bought the spin of a Louisiana political hack who actually worked for Kathleen Blanco – a politician Jindal ran against and practically forced out of office. In fact, in quoting Bob Mann, Schulteis never even mentioned that his former boss, Kathleen Blanco, was driven from office by the looming Jindal wave in 2007.
We expect most mainstream reporters to do intense research before they write a story. In Schulteis’ case, it’s clear she didn’t research a single thing and fell for the opposition’s talking points hook line and sinker. Or maybe she set out to write this narrative and chose to ignore facts inconvenient to it.
The original story either misreported some notable facts or simply ignored them. In fact, the original report claimed Bobby Jindal was first elected in his twenties and had to be corrected.
Regarding the lawsuit again Governor Jindal’s education reforms for vouchers – the judge who decided the case did not rule the state couldn’t use public dollars for scholarships. Schulteis’ story suggest that he did. In fact, the district court judge very explicitly didn’t rule that way.