Sunday, May 07, 2006
Joplin Globe investigates Nodler
What can the Joplin Globe expect now that it has turned its investigative reporter Max McCoy loose to examine the growing power of State Senator Gary Nodler?
Perhaps their experience will be different from mine, since the Globe is a powerful, well-financed media outlet, and is part of one of the largest newspaper chains in the United States, but if my experience is any indication, these things will happen:
-Nodler will find some forum through which to launch an attack on the Globe since it is far easier to blame the media than it has to answer embarrassing questions raised by reporters.
-Nodler surrogates will anonymously flood the comment section to the Globe's articles, picking some minor point, taking it out of context, and making it appear as if the Globe has some vendetta against Nodler.
-Max McCoy will be personally attacked, with claims of bias coming from the Nodler camp since McCoy, as is noted in the Globe article, was the reporter who wrote the story about the senator's movie meltdown last year.
-Somehow, somewhere, it is certain the charge of "liberal media bias," will be bandied about, and there will be those people who see that and will immediately sympathize with Nodler, though there won't be the slightest bit of evidence to back up that charge.
Part one of the Globe's three-part series makes for fascinating reading, and hopefully is building up to something a little more in depth on Monday and Tuesday. This blog has been examining Sen. Nodler's money trail for the last couple of years, so if you need a little more background on the subject, you might try the following links:
Lobbyists funnel money into Nodler campaign chest
Portrait of Nodler beginning to emerge
Nodler campaign account overflowing
More lobbyists contribute to Nodler
More about Gary Nodler and ethics
Nodler campaign war chest passes $100,000
Lobbying firm funneling money to Nodler campaign, PAC
More MOARK money connected to Nodler
More about MOARK, committee shell games
Nodler still raking in the bucks
Home school proponents donate heavily to Nodler PAC
Nodler sings praises of virtual school