The Troopergate scandal that has rocked Eliot Spitzer's administration has been a topic of discussion on this board before. Niagara Times has been asked "do you want to see Eliot Spitzer fail?" Of course, the answer is no. Regardless of political affiliation, we all have a stake in in Mr. Spitzer's success or failure as Governor.
But what we are astounded by, is the absolute refusal of the Greater Niagara Newspaper group to acknowledge the scandal, other than a sloughing off of the situation. Across the state, editorial board after editorial board has taken Spitzer to task for Troopergate, including the NY Times and the Wall Street Journal, hardly conservative papers. Poll after poll indicates that the people of this state believe that Spitzer is lying, and that he should testify under oath.
A Siena College Research Institute poll shows that almost 60 percent still think he hasn't been fully honest about the affair and that he "needs to be more forthright." Even more astounding is that 70 percent of New Yorkers continue to think he should testify under oath as to what he knew about the dirty-tricks campaign. 53 percent say Spitzer was aware of what his top aides were doing.
What does GNN print? A feel-good editorial entitled "Spitzer: Working for the people". The editorial then goes on to tout "two crtical programs" that Spitzer is pushing: "keeping his and the legislature’s promise to provide health coverage to nearly 400,000 uninsured children in the state", and secondly, "Spitzer promoted a plan to wean the working poor off welfare with better training, including a chance to earn college degrees that lead to better jobs".
Wow, these are two "critical" plans that are going to further vacuum the dollars right out of my pocket. And with GNN's touting of these two "critical" programs, is there any doubt to which side they lean politically?
What about the plan put forth by Spitzer to give drivers licenses to illegal aliens? Where is the coverage of this in the GNN?
In case you missed it, and no one would blame you if you did, Spitzer announced Thursday that illegal immigrants will get driver's licenses in New York State. He also said the state would no longer require a Social Security number or proof that a person is not eligible for such a number in order to qualify for a driver's license.
Is this not an outrage? Even worse, is this not a story that you would deem newsworthy? Again, we are back to the discussion of what is and what is not news. But if there was ever any doubt what GNN believes what is and what is not news, that doubt has been erased when it comes to covering Eliot Spitzer. Er, not covering Eliot Spitzer.