Getting real newsYesterday's Tennessean had bloggers all over East Tennessee humming with excitment as Governor Bredesen announced that politics in hiring and promoting is going to be rooted out of the Highway Patrol.
Terry Frank pointed out that this wouldn't be an issue and Bredesen would not care in the least that patrolmen were being fired for being Republicans had The Tennessean not brought the issue to the forefront. Indeed, many of us in East Tennessee would not know about this problem at all were it not for the fact that a lot of us read the Nashville papers.
The News-Sentinel is about as useful for the purposes of daily news as the National Enquirer, with its editorial board more interested in recipes and fashion than news and politics. Despite repeated denials by editor Jack McElroy that he favors the Democrats and liberals, the paper has not done a serious investigation into heavy Democratic wrongdoing in recent memory until Bredesen's ever-widening paper-trail finally tied him to heavily-corrupt (but conveniently very Republican) Cocke County.
Thanks to the News-Sentinel's lack of reporting, we would be in a "news blackout" here if not for the dedicated and professional reporters at The Tennessean who see to it that Knoxville gets real news, whether they know it or not. I think the News-Sentinel would have it that way-East Tennesseans can't be told the truth about Democrats, because East Tennessee is the heart and sould of Republicanism in this State. If enough East Tennessee people get fit to be tied about the situation in Nashville, the Democrats know that we collectively will do everything in our power to bring them down-and we can't have that, now can we?