Newly-elected Dorr Township Repubolican Precinct Committeeman Richard Rostron submitted the opinion column below to the Editor of the Northwest Herald.
It was rejected.
I would note that background information was not given yesterday on the woman elected to lead the Democratic Party Central Committee. The extent of her union support and her support for public employee union members is really not difficult to find.
Northwest Herald ‘reporter’ pens hit piece against McHenry GOP’s new chairwoman
If Ed Komenda had stopped with the headline, he’d have done fine.
If his targeted attact about Diane Evertsen’s election Wednesday night as McHenry GOP party chairwoman, were found on the Northwest Herald’s ‘Opinion’ page, no one could complain.
But, he didn’t stop at the headline and his personal opinion that follows the headline is found in the Herald’s ‘Local’ section where he and the publication try to pass it off as an actual news story.
One way to see the bias in Komenda’s ‘article’ is to watch Komenda’s wording.
In his subhead, he writes that “Evertsen has ties to anti-immigrant group.”
He doesn’t write a subhead that states she was a past president of Minutemen Midwest; he writes that she “has ties.”,
He also refers to her as a “political insider” while referring to Mark Daniel, the opponent she defeated, as an “Old Guard representative.”
It’s unclear why the first letters of those words are capitalized but the innuendo is clear.
Do a Google search of that phraseology: “has ties to …”
You’ll find one story after another about a criminal, or suspected criminal, with ties to this or that illicit organization.
Even Komenda’s claim that Minutemen Midwest is ‘anti-immigrant’ group is a falsehood.
The group isn’t opposed to immigration; the group is in favor of legal immigration.
Komenda then throws the Southern Poverty Law Center at Evertsen and Minutemen Midwest as though the SPLC is an unbiased and definitive authority – as if the SPLC hasn’t generated its own PR problems.
The SPLC may once have had some legitimacy when taking on the KKK or Nazis.
But, the group has sold out for a partisan alternative.
Groups that don’t fit the SPLC’s Left-leaning political agenda are given the same classification as the KKK and Nazi groups, even though there’s no more legitimacy to the comparison than comparing the KKK to the Democratic National Committee (and, considering the actual history of the Democratic Party, there’s a far greater connection there).
The best you could say is that the SPLC is a tool of identity politics.
If Komenda was an honest journalist, he would, at the very least, have pointed out that the SPLC has a few warts of its own.
But, that clearly wasn’t Komenda’s purpose, any more than it was his purpose to simply cover the election of a new Chairwoman of the McHenry GOP.
His goal was to tarnish the McHenry GOP’s choice. For anyone actually paying attention, Komenda failed.
The only image he really tarnished was his own and that of his publication.