By Mike Thayer
ICYMI: There was a debate last night in Iowa City.... It was liberal incumbent Dave Loebsack vs. Republican challenger Mariannette Miller-Meeks.
Put on by Iowa Public Television, the debate between the two congressional candidates (IA-02) covered a range issues to include Obamacare, immigration, the President's use of executive orders, the debt ceiling, foreign policy, terrorism, the Farm bill, dysfunction in Washington, and Veterans Affairs.
The coverage offered by the Iowa City DePressed Citizen was laughable. Of all those issues mentioned above, all reporter Mitchell Schmidt could manage to do was report that Loebsack touted his record and Miller-Meeks talked about frustration with Washington. There were some sharp contrasts drawn between the candidates and Schmidt absolutely failed to inform readers of those differences. It's like Schmidt and his editor at the DePressed Citizen wanted you to imagine a petty fight of personal attack was on display, that there wasn't any issue discussion, only barbs were thrown. Painting a narrative belongs on the editorial/opinion page, not the hard news page. Failing to report the contrasts between the candidates is a failure in journalism.
And speaking of contrasts, The Gazette's coverage was far superior to that of the DePressed Citizen's and Gazette reporter Rod Boshart did it effectively using fewer words. Much of the debate focused on foreign policy/terrorism and the candidate quotes used in the article pointed out the differences between the candidates. Rod Boshart and The Gazette didn't try to editorialize or manufacture news, they actually reported it.
The links to the two stories are below, check out the vast differences in the reporting: