Two Reports, One Event

Yesterday, Connecticut for Lieberman candidate Joe Lieberman held a press conference under the Q bridge to tout all the transportation money he’s brought to the state.

Paul Bass of the New Haven Independent was there. So was Mark Davis of WTNH, I think. Let’s compare headlines, shall we?

Paul Bass:
“Non-Combatant” Lieberman Won’t Back Democratic Candidates
Mark Davis:
Lieberman calls Lamont ‘great distortionist’

Mark Davis is either willingly or naively being used by Lieberman as a middle school messenger. Remember middle school? When you wanted to break up with someone, tell someone you had a crush on them, or call someone a “great distortionist” you didn’t do it yourself–you sent a sucker friend. It’s always a fellow sixth-grader who does that kind of dirty work, and it hurts the reputation of both the messenger and the sender.

Instead of gleefully reporting on Lieberman’s name-calling (see video for evidence of glee), Davis should have reported on the Connecticut for Lieberman candidate’s 180-degree turnaround from 16 days ago. I’m glad that Bass realized the importance of Lieberman’s new position on supporting the Democratic Congressional candidates:

Lieberman — who after losing an Aug. 8 Democratic primary to Ned Lamont has launched a third-party bid to hold onto his seat in the Nov. 7 general election — was asked whether he still endorses Diane Farrell, Joe Courtney and Chris Murphy, three Democrats looking to unseat endangered Republican incumbents Chris Shays, Rob Simmons and Nancy Johnson.

“I’m a non-combatant,” Lieberman declared. “I am not going to be involved in other campaigns. I think it’s better if I just focus on my own race.”


“It’s a little awkward for me now” to endorse the Democratic candidates in the general election, he said, “since they all endorsed my opponent,” Democratic primary winner Ned Lamont.

Ned Lamont, to my recollection, always supported the three Democrats running for Congress against Republican incumbents–even back before the August 8 primary when Chris Murphy, Diane Farrell and Joe Courtney were endorsing Lieberman. Wasn’t even a little awkward for him, if I recall correctly.

In fact, 16 days ago, Lieberman had this to say about supporting the Democratic challengers:

Lieberman said that he will continue to support the Democrats running for Congress even though they now support Lamont.

“It is a little bit harder, but I have endorsed the three of them,” he said. Lieberman endorsed Joe Courtney over Rep. Rob Simmons, R-2, and Chris Murphy over Rep. Nancy Johnson, R-5.

Lieberman does not believe his campaign will drain resources or interest away from the Democratic challengers.

Would the news that Lieberman has rescinded his endorsements of the three Democratic challengers have gone unreported were Paul Bass not on the scene? It’s certainly not as exciting as Lieberman’s latest nickname for Ned, but it’s a hell of a lot more relevant–and newsworthy.

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