Well this is interesting. Buzzfeed criticizes the St. Louis Post Dispatch’s coverage of the Missouri senate race, or rather, the lack thereof:
The exchange is the second time in a week that Akin’s supporters, seething over the media obsession with his “legitimate rape” comments, have charged that major news outlets have been soft on McCaskill coverage. Democrats reply that there isn’t much to the stories. The sexual harassment case is not directly tied to the Missouri Senator.
In a separate report Monday, The Daily Caller wrote that The New York Times had considered, but not run, claims by a former employee of McCaskill’s husband that the husband had done politically sensitive business in the Senate dining room.
McCaskill, who said the first she learned of the story was from the Times in June, denied the charge and pointed to the criminal record of the would-be whistleblower.
“That would mean the New York Times had some information about McCaskill’s husband’s allegedly nefarious business dealings…and for some reason decided not to run it,” wrote The Daily Caller.
Asked about both charges — the Akin campaign’s and The Daily Caller‘s — the Post-Dispatch and the Times told BuzzFeed they would not comment on their reporting processes.
“I’m not going to talk about any specific tip or story. But what I can say in general is we get tips all the time and we investigate them, and if there’s a story there, you can be sure we’ll run with it,” the political editor for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Christopher Ave, told BuzzFeed.
The sexual harassment suit isn’t tied to the Senator? It’s her husband. Imagine the scandal if the business belonged to Todd Akin’s wife.
And finally, Missouri media is beginning to open up and look at the McCaskill scandals:
Some Missouri conservatives are clamoring for media coverage of a story concerning a lawsuit against a company owned by Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill’s husband.
Over the past few days the Southeast Missouri Twitter account has been bombarded with links to a blog by conservative radio personality Dana Loesch. In the blog, Loesch says McCaskill has been practicing “political subterfuge” by pushing a “war on women” against Republican opponent, Rep. Todd Akin. You might remember the outcry among liberals and many in the Republican establishment over Akin’s comments about ‘legitimate rape’ and pregnancy. Most recently, McCaskill’s campaign has come out with ads showing female rape victims who say they won’t vote for Akin.
The tide is turning.