Tuesday, August 28, 2007

We now return to our regularly scheduled programming.

I'm done with the alphabet meme, which means we can get on with me picking the lint from my belly-button.

So....How about Idaho's esteemed Senator Larry Craig, huh?? Yesterday I heard on NPR that he'd been arrested back in June; something about "lewd conduct in an airport men's room". And that was IT. No details of the arrest or allegations. Excuse me?? So I immediately called my mom (who lives in Idaho), thinking surely the details had been made public there. Boise IS the state capital and all. But no. This was the fist even his constituents had heard of the incident and it happened TWO MONTHS AGO. It had been completely ignored (or more likely, censored) from the "news" forums in Idaho. Once the news broke nationally on Monday, only then did the Idaho Statesman (the Boise daily paper) and TV news report that there had been an arrest and he'd plead guilty to disturbing the peace and disorderly conduct. Although they did not prove any of the details about the lewd conduct charges. Curious, one of my relatives quickly and easily found all the details on the Internet, police report and all. Is it not the job of the journalists to track down the information and report that one of the state's most popular politicians was arrested on suspicion of lewd conduct?? He is currently in his 3rd term as a Senior Senator. He won by a landslide last election, with 65% of the vote. He bills himself (of course) as a man of "family values"; heck, he's got a wife and three children to prove it. And yet, it turns out there have been whispered rumors of homosexual behavior as far back as his day as a college student at the University of Idaho. That's approximately 40 years ago! Meanwhile, throughout his career, he has repeatedly voted against gay marriage, and opposes special rights for gay and lesbian crime victims. The entire incident is eerily reminiscent of the scandal involving Spokane's mayor a couple of years ago; also a public "homophobe" who voted accordingly to deny gays the same rights that straights enjoy...meanwhile he was cruising the Internet (on his government computer no less!) for young men with whom to have casual sex. The Spokesman Review (Spokane's daily paper) had heard rumors, hired an Internet detective and blew the entire thing wide open. Now THAT'S journalism. Idaho Statesman, take note.

Of course none of this has a damn thing to do with being gay; it's about hypocritical politicians who vote against basic human rights that would (if they were honest) apply to them. What's your take on this: do you think that politicians (who are also our policy makers) have a moral obligation to be honest about their sexual orientation? Is there an obligation on the part of journalists to report details of such incidents to better inform the voting public?

4 comments:

Dee said...

Well, I did my part to help the Statesman. Dan Popkey wrote the article in the paper today, so I forwarded to him the article Jodi sent. ( I deleted all the from s and to s, Jodi )I doubt seriously that he will use any part of it. Other BIG papers, especially if they were in London, would publish every dirty detail !

If politicians were honest about ANYTHING, they would never get elected ! Does it surprise anyone that what they say to get elected doesn't begin to represent their beliefs after they get in office. !

You CANNOT trust a politician !!!!

jpogue said...

Nice to have you back on your soapbox Kate!

Doesn't matter if they're democrats or republicans - they're all crooked. What a shame.

Remember Rich Wills from Idaho State Police? He's on the eace Officers' Memorial Board and he's one of our State Representatives. I've been trying to talk him into running for Governor. Even though he's a Republican, I'd not only vote for him - I'd campaign for him! He's AWESOME, honest, funny, good morals, and straight (forward).

Maybe someday I'll be successful at getting him to run...

jpogue said...

HA! I just thought of a funny...

You screwz, you loose!

Linda, aka "Lala" said...

I think the Statesman was PAID to keep it quiet. Why else would they miss such an opportunity? Money talks.