The Fairbanks Daily News Miner published a misleading headline regarding Joe Miller’s Facebook post on his fan page today. This Outside-controlled paper used an Associated Press story word-for-word, but then changed the headline from “Miller cited for taillight violation” to “Miller says taillight citation part of ‘political games’ against him.” The deceptive headline suggests that Mr. Miller is accusing the Alaska State Troopers of political games. The News Miner’s assertion is unequivocally false.
Here’s the AP headline, reprinted in the Anchorage Daily News:
And here’s the News Miner headline:
However, Mr. Miller’s Facebook post stated, “As a former US Magistrate Judge, State Acting District Court Judge, and State Magistrate, I have many friends in law enforcement. This post is not intended to be an indictment of law enforcement . . .”
During the stop, the trooper explained to Mr. Miller that he was pulled over not because of a taillight problem, but because of a REDDI report by a trucker. That false report – made on Mr. Miller’s vehicle transporting campaign signs and covered with Joe Miller campaign stickers on virtually every side of the vehicle – was the political games Mr. Miller was clearly talking about.
According to Joe Miller’s senate campaign spokesman, he demanded that the News Miner change the false headline, but had received no response as of the time this article was published.
This is not the first time that the News Miner, owned by families who established Colorado’s MediaNews Group, has been used as a weapon against Mr. Miller. In 2010, not only did the News Miner repeatedly publish biased, misleading, and sometimes false stories about Mr. Miller, it also was involved in litigation against Mr. Miller but failed to disclose this bias in many of its stories.
After almost completely ignoring Mr. Miller for the last several months, including his U.S. Senate launch that attracted hundreds of Alaskans from all over the state (dwarfing both Sullivan’s and Treadwell’s launch events), the Outside-controlled News Miner has apparently decided to attempt a replay of its smear approach to Miller in 2010.
Why? Because biased-spin is how an outlet like the News Miner hopes to influence the 2014 Alaska election. Alaskans have seen this before and are getting sick of it. And given what recently happened with Majority Leader Cantor’s defeat in Virginia, this Outside effort to attack the only constitutional conservative running for US Senate will fail.
What it boils down to is this: the Outside-controlled press doesn’t want Alaskans to hear the real news about the only true conservative in the 2014 race like Joe Miller’s positions on demilitarizing federal agencies, protecting the 2nd Amendment, repealing and defunding Obamacare, stopping the amnesty push, abolishing the IRS and reforming the tax code, protecting the right to life, returning power to the states, ending the surveillance state, and taking on the out-of-control spending in Washington.
Shame on the News-Miner for its deliberate attempt to influence voters through deception and distraction. Its insinuation that Joe Miller is against one of our great law enforcement agencies is despicable.
Let the Outside-controlled Fairbanks Daily News-Miner know that this type of “reporting” is not acceptable to Alaskans.
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner Contact Info:
Publisher: Marti Buscaglia
Managing Editor: Rod Boyce
Features Editor: Gary Black
This afternoon – after the print edition was distributed and multiple complaints were received – the News Miner revised the online article as follows: