Wichita news media

Wichita Eagle fails readers, again

Wichita Eagle fails readers, again

In its coverage of the 2015 election, the Wichita Eagle prints several stories that ought to cause readers to question the reliability of its newsroom. Readers of the Wichita Eagle must be wondering if the newspaper trusts its own reporting. In a fact check article regarding the Wichita mayoral general election printed on March 27, the newspaper looked at claims made by campaign ads. The story examined this claim from an advertisement by Sam Williams, referring to opponent Jeff Longwell: "Supported government handouts for low-paying jobs and then chastised voters when they rejected his plan.” The article's verdict on this…
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Wichita Eagle labels hold a clue

Wichita Eagle labels hold a clue

How Wichita Eagle news stories label outside organizations is a window into the ideology of the paper's newsroom. A Wichita Eagle op-ed references a report released by two think tanks, Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy and Kansas Center for Economic Growth. (Kansas tax system among the most regressive, January 18, 2015.) Here's what readers can learn about the mindset of the Wichita Eagle. These organizations were named. Named and referenced without labels, adjectives, or qualifications that give readers clues about the ideology of the organizations. That wouldn't be remarkable except for noticing the contrast in how the Eagle labels…
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Wichita Business Journal remodels, features Charles Koch interview

Wichita Business Journal remodels, features Charles Koch interview

The Wichita Business Journal has, it its own words, "reinvented" itself, and starts its new life with features on Koch Industries and an extended interview with Charles Koch. To get started, the weekly newspaper has made its complete digital edition available to read at no charge. Click here for access. The interview with Koch is wide-ranging, covering the business interests of Koch Industries and Koch's political involvement, detailing his relationship with Americans for Prosperity. An example quote: "When you start attacking cronyism and people’s political interests, it gets nasty."
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What is the import of the farm bill to Kansas?

Correcting the Wichita Eagle's facts will place the importance of the farm bill to Kansas in proper perspective. In criticizing five of the six members of the Kansas congressional delegation for voting against the farm bill, Rhonda Holman of the Wichita Eagle editorialized this: "Five of the six members of the Kansas delegation just voted against a farm bill -- a stunning abdication of leadership in a state in which agriculture is 25 percent of the economy." (Eagle editorial: AWOL on farm bill, Wednesday, February 5, 2014) The Eagle editorialist didn't specify what she meant by "percent of the economy"…
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Fired KAKE reporter on Joseph Ashby Show

Today former KAKE Television news reporter Jared Cerullo appeared on the Joseph Ashby Show. Audio is here or below. Additional background on this matter is at KAKE Viewers Say Reporter Was Fired, Express Their Anger on Station’s Facebook Page. There's also this story: Wichita mayor said to be ‘under lockdown.’ At this point it is not known whether there is any connection between this story and Cerullo's departure from KAKE.
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Joseph Ashby on local news media, anti-conservative bias

Last week KAKE Television news anchor Jeff Herndon addressed the Wichita Pachyderm Club. Today, on the Joseph Ashby Show, the host commented on Herndon's views on Wichita news media, and drew some conclusions about anti-conservative bias in Wichita news media. [powerpress url="http://wichitaliberty.org/audio/joseph-ashby-show-2013-05-23-excerpt.mp3"]Joseph Ashby Show, May 23, 2013 (excerpt). The KAKE Television news story referred to is Wichita mayor comes under scrutiny for controversial vote.
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Wichita Eagle quality control could use improvement

When presented with evidence of errors in its stories, the Wichita Eagle, Kansas' largest newspaper, is not being responsive in correcting its errors. On July 12, the Eagle ran the story 84th District race a repeat for 2 candidates, highlighting the two Democratic Party candidates for a Kansas House of Representatives district. The article said there was no Republican filer, when in fact Dan Heflin had filed as a Republican. This could be seen clearly at either the Kansas Secretary of State's listing of candidates, or at the Sedgwick County Election Office's listing. The article was written by "courtney looney,"…
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Wichita Eagle editorial endorsements: helpful, or not?

Yesterday's primary election in Kansas provided a measure of the influence of the Wichita Eagle editorial board. Voters ignored many of its endorsements, indicating that the newspaper -- its editorial side, at least -- is increasingly out of touch with its readers. Starting from the top, here's how the Eagle endorsed and what the voters did. An endorsement is a recommendation to voters, and not intended to be a prediction of the outcome. For the Republican Party nomination for United States Senate, the Eagle endorsed Jerry Moran. He won. For the Democratic Party side of this race, the Eagle picked…
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Wichita Eagle endorsements deserve scrutiny

The Wichita Eagle editorial board has made its endorsements for offices in the August 3rd Kansas primary election. Before voters decide whether to rely on these recommendations, they deserve some examination. For example, for the Kansas House of Representatives the Eagle endorsed incumbent Republican representative Jo Ann Pottorff for her "balanced voting record." The Eagle said she was willing to stand apart from the area's "hard-line conservatives." But an examination of Pottorff's voting record indicates something other than balance. This year, on the Kansas Economic Freedom Index (a project of this site), her score was 13 percent. That placed her…
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Correction

In my article Wichita city hall silent on handling of ethics issue, I made a mistake in stating that a ready-to-print story was canceled by Wichita Eagle newsroom management. Eagle editor Sherry Chisenhall informs me that the newspaper did perform research as I reported, but the matter never advanced to a story that was ready for publication. Therefore, there was no story to "squash," as I reported. I regret this error and apologize to the newspaper. The issue remains that the Eagle newsroom is fully aware of the situation and decided to mention it only as a small part of…
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