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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Sameness at the Wall Street Journal and Washington Post


U.S. Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah)/U.S. Senate, Wikimedia Commons

They are at it again.

Is it just me that finds it odd that both newspapers would feature an un-urgent column about Utah Republicans and U.S. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) on the same day, on the same page, and the same size?


Huh?


Yesterday's headline on the front page of the Washington Post at the fold in the left column reads:  "In Utah GOP, some seek to shut down tea party hero."


While over at the Wall Street Journal is this headline above a single column (below the fold) and on the left:  "Utah Senator Pays Price Back Home For Shutdown."


Both datelines are Salt Lake City. They talk about Lee's "cratering" ratings and how mad the business community is at him for voting with the tea party and supporting the government shutdown and how those business Republicans are going after Lee, all right, and looking to put up their own candidate (Don Liljenquist,  Josh Romney, perchance?) by way of "Count My Vote," which would be a new way of nominating an opposition candidate to Mr. Lee. 

Well, take that, Mr. Mike Lee, and get scared.  


The papers did not quote all of the same people, just former governor Jon Huntsman and Liljenquist, another former candidate.


And then there's John Price, a former Republican National Committee member and Bush (unclear which one) ambassador whom Sen. Lee still doesn't recognize.  Oh, dear me, Mr. Price. Throw down the red carpet for you, and let us bow and scrape the floor.


I am one of the last to defend the tea party, but this is a rather strange coincidence, don't you think?


Do the editors get together and decide to run these?  Or does someone on the opposition plant, pitch, and promote them?  


You decide.  (I checked New York and Los Angeles and could not find sameness at either place.)


Too much similarity, if you ask me, and who's asking?  


It is not Mr. Lee.


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