Paul Schmelzer (who, frankly, is much better than this) moans:
The Associated Press profiles Republican blogger Michael Brodkorb today, praising his two "direct hits" on Al Franken over the Democratic senate candidate's tax problems. The piece by Patrick Condon says that Brodkorb "shrugs off Democrats' claims that he's a Republican operative by saying he's never been paid to blog." The Minnesota Democrats Exposed blogger repeatedly makes that claim, and goes to great pains to express his independence, but as Minnesota Monitor's Robin Marty reported in September 2006, Brodkorb's ties to the Republican party are deeper than those of a mere enthusiast engaged in pro-GOP blogging as "a labor of love" (as the AP story puts it).
The AP neglects to mention Brodkorb's past work as research director for the Republican Party of Minnesota and a part-time gig as "press consultant" to former Republican senatorial candidate Mark Kennedy; according to Federal Elections Commission reports, he earned $4,500 per month at that job. The AP also doesn't mention the check for $5,500 Brodkorb received on September 3, 2006, for research services provided to the Michele Bachmann campaign. (Emphasis mine.)
Well, actually they did. From the full article:
In the late '90s, Brodkorb worked for state Senate Republicans, where he started to learn how to do "opposition research" — digging up dirt on opponents. He did it well enough to become director of research for the state Republican Party, and served in similar roles for several Republican campaigns.
Sure, they didn't give a full itemized breakdown of each job, but I'd hardly call that "omit(ing) paid party gigs" (from the title of Schmelz's piece) and it's definitely not "neglecting to mention" it. Besides Paul gives us the same rote regurgitation of Brodkorb's resume that we've seen a thousand times already on a thousand different lefty blogs anyway. Anybody who cares already knows he consulted for the Bachmann campaign for two months. Get over it.
When you're attempting to craft a party "message" sometimes you have to leave a few facts behind as scrap.
The post closes with this unintentionally ironic graf:
Brodkorb, reached by phone Friday morning, did not dispute that he has had paying jobs for the GOP, but declined to comment further, saying he felt unfairly treated by Minnesota Monitor in Marty's September 2006 article.
Unfairly treated? No shit?
FROM THE "IF THEY DIDN'T EXIST WE'D HAVE TO MAKE THEM UP" FILE:
The "correction" is even funnier than the "error":
The AP only mentions in passing Brodkorb's past work as research director for the Republican Party of Minnesota and leaves out specific reference to a part-time gig as "press consultant" to former Republican senatorial candidate Mark Kennedy... (emphasis mine).
It's a 1,000 word fucking wire story. Should they have posted a detailed and exhaustive C.V. along with the story? "OMFG - Brodkorb worked at McDonald's when he was in high school , and they clear cut rainforests!!!"
Is that something they normally do? Is it desirable?
Only if you're a power hungry partisan hack with an axe to grind.
Iron Matron adds: