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All I know is what I read in the papers

In days of old, when newspapers had advertisers, readers, and more space, we used to get pre-election stories about every race for alderman, county supervisor, and other offices.  They were usually balanced, back-and-forth stories that hit on key issues and gave some background on the candidates.  Not page-turners, but pretty valuable to most people who are not really following those races very closely.  Which is most people.

Today's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is quite a contrast.  What readers got today was one roundup story on all of the aldermanic races, with the three highlighted ones getting 5 or 6 paragraphs and the others getting barely a mention.

District 9, for example,  got one paragraph.  Here is the coverage of that race, in its entirety:

Ald. Robert Puente faces a challenge from Ray Harmon in District 9, which is largely African-American. Puente, 57, the only Latino on the council, was elected in 2004. He served more than 27 years on the Milwaukee Police Department. Harmon, 45, an African-American, was an assistant and policy liaison to former Madison on Mayor Dave Cieslewicz.

That should be all you need to make up your mind, apparently. 

 

Published

March 28, 2012 - 5:23pm

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