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Kansas media wastes little time telling us how to vote in governor’s race E-mail
Opinion
Friday, 16 June 2017 07:44

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L&T Publisher Earl Watt



The Kansas Governor’s race won’t take place until 2018, but that didn’t stop some in the Kansas media for instantly injecting itself into the race earlier this week.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach recently announced his candidacy, and the Topeka Capital Journal immediately started its own campaign against Kobach and pretended to speak for all Kansans while doing so.

I don’t know who I will support for governor, and quite frankly, I’m more concerns about the Kansas economy right now.

A few candidates have announced, and there will be more to come.

The Journal points to favorability ratings for Kobach, completely ignoring that these same statistics also had Donald Trump trailing in the presidential primary and general elections.

He still won.

They also attack Kobach for his position as the chief elections officer for the State of Kansas for trying to prevent voter fraud.

According to Gallup, 80 percent of Americans support voter identification, something Kobach has championed.

The Journal failed to mention that, another clear piece of evidence of the bias in their coverage.

They also point out that only nine people have been convicted of voter fraud since Kobach was given authority to prosecute the illegal action, as if those were the only cases of it.

Nine people were caught, and in tight elections, one illegal vote could make the difference.

I wonder if the Journal thinks stop signs are necessary since there are not that many atop sign infractions.

Perhaps the existence of the law is a deterrent in and of itself, both for stop signs and voter fraud.

Kobach has committed a cardinal sin, according to the Journal — he supported Donald trump.

Trump defeated Clinton by a quarter of a million votes in Kansas. Perhaps supporting Trump is more representative of Kansans than the staff of the Journal.

But the most offensive statement made by the Journal is trying to speak for all of us by telling us what we need and don’t need.

“Kansans don’t need a governor who ...” 

Do you want to know who will decide what kind of governor Kansas need? Kansans.

If the editorial boards of papers like the Capital-Journal are already trying to make a case against Kobach, they will continue the trend against every candidate except those they favor, which will probably not be the same list chosen by Kansans.

Unfortunately, this is why fake news is not limited to Washington, D.C. It happens right here in the Sunflower State.

When it comes to formulating your decision for governor, make sure that you aren’t being told how to vote.

In Kansas, we make up our own minds. In a race that is 18 months away, we don’t need biased media already telling us to disqualify a candidate, especially a man that Kansans have already elected twice to a statewide office.


 

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