Lalor: More Bad Journalism at the Poughkeepsie Journal

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Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor

For Immediate Release April 9, 2013

Contact: Chris Covucci (845) 309-2654 covuccic@gmail.com

Lalor: Poughkeepsie Journal Misleads Readers, Forgets to Mention Subject of Fawning Profile is a Far-Left Candidate for Congress

Fishkill, NY: Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R,C,I – Fishkill) is calling on the Poughkeepsie Journal to explain why it failed to inform its readers that the subject of a fawning profile is a Democrat candidate for Congress. “Yesterday’s fawning Poughkeepsie Journal profile of Sean Eldridge forgets to mention that Eldridge is a Democrat candidate for Congress,” said Lalor. “That’s the kind of information you would think Journal readers would want to know. Why the omission? What is the Journal trying to hide from its readers?” In yesterday’s paper, the Poughkeepsie Journal ran flattering profile of Sean Eldridge and his company Hudson River Ventures, neglecting to include any mention of Eldridge’s campaign for Congress in the 19th Congressional District. The article also did not mention Eldridge’s high-profile far-left political activism. Eldridge’s campaign and activist background is listed on the first two pages of the Google search results for his name. Lalor continued, “Eldridge wants to introduce himself to voters as something other than a far-left political hack. The Poughkeepsie Journal gave him a helping hand, with no mention of Eldridge’s political ambitions. Either the Poughkeepsie Journal’s editors didn’t know that Eldridge is running for Congress or they chose to intentionally hide the fact from their readers. Neither speaks well of the paper’s editors. But, a simple Google search reveals Eldridge’s political history. It seems highly unlikely that the Poughkeepsie Journal’s editors were unaware of Eldridge’s campaign. Two months ago, the paper reported Eldridge’s campaign announcement. Unless the editors don’t reader their own paper, it looks like they were intentionally misleading readers.” “The Poughkeepsie Journal has a monopoly on local daily news,” said Lalor. “I’m asking these questions because readers deserve honest reporting from their only local daily newspaper. A pattern of dishonesty is emerging in the Poughkeepsie Journal’s reporting. This isn’t about Eldridge or his company, it’s about honesty in the news.” “It looks like Eldridge might be using his company to skirt election law and spend money promoting himself outside of campaign funds that would have to be publicly reported,” Lalor added.” He probably doesn’t want voters to know just how much it costs a 20-something, whose husband is a Facebook billionaire, to buy a congressional seat. The Journal should have asked Eldridge about this. Even Buzzfeed has pointed to the campaign finance questions Eldridge’s campaign raises. The Poughkeepsie Journal was actually scooped by a Buzzfeed “Top 10″ list. How could they run a profile about this company, a company that may exist to circumvent election law, with no mention of the campaign finance implications?” “The Journal’s editors need to explain why they failed to mention Eldridge’s campaign,” Lalor concluded. “Why did they think this information needed to be hid from readers? If the Poughkeepsie Journal editors want to be a partisan outlet, they should be honest with readers about it and not disguise themselves as unbiased journalists.”

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Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor, a former teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes in Poughkeepsie, is a Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and founder of the Dutchess County based consulting firm KML Strategies, LLC.  Lalor is the founder of Afghanistan & Iraq Veterans for Congress and a frequent guest on the Fox News Channel. He is a graduate of John Jay High School, Providence College and Pace Law School and lives in Fishkill with his wife Mary Jo and their four young children Katie, Riley, Mikey and Kieran Jr..

 Bazzo 04/09/13

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