The Oklahoman editorial writers may want to start brainstorming for another defense of Scott Pruitt.
Earlier today, the Tulsa World took a deeper look into the New York Times expose about Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, and in particular, how he raised nearly $300,000 in campaign funds this year despite not having an opponent in the 2014 election. The paper also examined the more than cozy relationship Pruitt has with Devon Energy and their chairman Larry Nichols.
Via The World:
Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s re-election campaign has raised more than $300,000 — and spent almost $160,000 — since he learned in mid-April that he would not have an opponent this election cycle.
Oklahoma Ethics Commission records show Pruitt not only continued to receive campaign contributions but actively raised funds through the Nov. 4 general election, even though he had no opponent and cannot seek re-election in 2018.
While it is not unusual for term-limited officials with no opponents to continue fundraising, the extent of Pruitt’s activity is. By comparison, state Treasurer Ken Miller, who was also re-elected without opposition and is term-limited in 2018, has raised less than $2,000 since the filing period for this year’s elections ended on April 11.
Pruitt did not respond to questions about his campaign’s activities.
Want to know the difference between bad journalism and good journalism? Just look at the two different ways our state’s largest newspapers responded to the New York Times report. The Oklahoman (a.k.a. “The state’s most trusted news”) immediately put Pruitt’s dick in their mouth and tried to brush off the Times expose as an example of biased, hypocritical Yankee journalism. The Tulsa World, on the other hand, followed the eye-opening news of a secret alliance between our state’s attorney general and for-profit energy companies with an even deeper look into Scott Pruitt’s fundraising activities. It’s like one is a biased rag bravely serving and defending the money rich establishment and the other is a legitimate newspaper trying to inform its readers with news and information. Can you guess which is which?
Here are some details of the other players involved and how they directly benefit from the trickle-down effect of Pruitt’s fundraising:
In the most recent Ethics Commission reports, which include expenditures through Oct. 20 and contributions up to the general election, Pruitt’s campaign lists payments of more than $86,000 to six campaign consultants. Among them are former Secretary of State and Senate President Pro Tem Glenn Coffee and a former member of the George W. Bush administration whose other clients include an organization headed by Pruitt, and who has received nearly $90,000 from Pruitt’s campaign fund during the current campaign cycle.
The biggest recipients in the past six months, however, have been Tamara Cornell, a Tulsa campaign consultant, and Vox Strategies, a company associated with Pruitt campaign manager Jordan Spencer. Cornell has received $36,588.54 in fees and expenses since April 11, Vox $31,105.89.
Jordan Spencer? Could you find a better white Republican schleprock name than that? For giggles, I checked to see if Jordan Spencer was on Facebook just so I could if his name matched up to what I think a Jordan Spencer would look like. It was a perfect match:
It’s probably not a surprise to the people who read this website that The Oklahoman is probably the most biased newspaper in America. Through reporting and unattributed editorials, they love nothing more than to advance their agenda, protect their friends and attack their enemies. It’s a big reason why the Columbia Journalism Review named The Oklahoman the “Worst Newspaper in America” in 1999, and why so many locals simply refer to it as The Jokelahoman or Daily Disappointment or That Thing Grandpa Reads While On The Toilet.
Things haven’t really changed that much at The Oklahoman since 1999. Although the paper is a little better than the Gaylord glory days – for example, they’ll now publish photos of minorities – they still like to do what they always do when it comes to politically biased, hatchet job reporting. If you need some recent proof, just give good old Ed Shadid a phone call and ask about his marijuana or porn addiction, or go read that story where they had to issue a retraction for exposing the shady dealings of local politicians.
If that seems like too much work, you can always check out The Oklahoman’s reporting of the New York Times report on Scott Pruitt and compare it to that of the Tulsa World. After a few paragraphs, it’s pretty easy to figure out which newspaper is owned by Philip Anschutz, the guy who made his fortune in the energy industry, and which one is owned by… uhm… uh… Biker Fox? Sorry, when I think of Tulsa, he’s always the first thing that comes to mind. That and women’s basketball. Great city, huh?
The Oklahoman followed their report of the Times story with an editorial on Wednesday that defended Scott Pruitt with the intensity of a pre-2003 Mike Stoops defense. It’s so fair and balanced that it reads like Devon Energy wrote it for Scott Pruitt, who then sent it to The Oklahoman for publication, who then actually published it because that’s what the paper does for their cronies and BFFs.
Like most Oklahoman editorials, it reeks of hypocrisy, contains fallacious arguments and jumps to insane conclusions. Just check out the first paragraph:
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt and other Republican AGs are working together, and with private industry experts, to combat federal overreach in state affairs. Officials at The New York Times apparently think this is shocking, leading to an “expose” that’s a case study in media bias and unthinking analysis.
Yes, everyone, on December 10th, 2014, The Oklahoman referred to a detailed, thorough, meticulous, well-researched, informed, eye-opening New York Times expose on the partnership between powerful corporations and our state’s attorney general and called it a “case study in media bias and unthinking analysis.”
Thanks for that, Newspaper That Literally Could Be A Case Study In Media Bias And Unthinking Analysis. Could they be more hypocritical? This would be like Berry Tramel complaining about Jenni Carlson’s voice, or Mel Bracht telling Nolan Clay that he looks like a creeper.
The madness continues. Seriously, this editorial is insane.
“If integrity were celebrity, you’d know our employees by name.”
If you’re an Oklahoma City Thunder fan, there’s a good chance you’ve heard that line a few thousand times in your life. It’s from a dated, still running 2008 Devon Energy commercial that brags about the energy behemoth being named to Fortune’s list of the “Most Admired Companies.” The spot gives us a glimpse of a strange utopia where “Integrity is celebrity,” and people idolize the founding fathers and worship hard-working, selfless individuals like firefighters, EMTs and… energy company executives.
The agency that produced the commercial described it like this:
Devon Energy is the antithesis of a category known for unethical behavior and questionable actions. Devon ranks #1 in Social Responsibility… In their advertising debut Devon wanted to celebrate their culture of doing things the right way and pay tribute to the employees who have made this a company of integrity.
Yes, Devon is the antithesis of a category known for unethical behavior and questionable actions. They are socially responsible, and they do things the right way… like buying off state attorneys general, including our very own Scott Pruitt, in order to advance the company’s own interests over that of the public. You can’t show more integrity than that.
We know all this thanks to a very detailed, exhaustive and probably award-winning investigative piece published in this past weekend’s New York Times. The paper outlines the secret alliance that energy companies like Devon have with attorneys general all over the country. The piece hits Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt And Devon Energy especially hard. From the start, it chronicles and outlines the duo’s cozy, secretive, “friends with benefits” relationship.
Via The New York Times:
The defeated crybaby pictured above is Oklahoma State Senator Bryce Marlatt. He’s a big wig in the state senate and a member of several important committees, including “Appropriations,” “Energy” and “People in Desperate Need of Visine.”
The reason Marlatt looks like a teenage girl who just watched The Fault in Our Stars is because a Woodward police officer found him sleeping in his car at an intersection. According to reports, Marlatt may have had what you would call a bourbon and Coke… or two.
A Republican senator was arrested in the early morning hours Tuesday morning on a DUI-related charge.
Sen. Bryce Marlatt was arrested for actual physical control, commonly known as APC. DUI is different from APC in that it requires that the vehicle is actually moving.
Marlatt was asleep in the vehicle and smelled heavily of alcohol, according to the arrest report. Police say the first comprehensible thing the man said when asked how much he had to drink tonight was, “No more than anybody else.”
When asked how many beers he had, Marlatt said, “None. I had what you would call a bourbon and Coke,” police say.
I don’t know why – maybe it’s because I can hear some drunk dude from Western Oklahoma saying something like that – but that line cracks me up. Remember when Bill Cosby had that show “Kids Say the Darndest Things?” Well, he should probably start a new show called “Intoxicated People Say The Darndest Things.” Actually, never mind, that’s probably a bad idea.
Here’s what Marlatt’s attorney had to say about the incident:
“Mr. Marlatt was on his way home from work late Monday night. He had recently suffered from sleeping problems and had taken a prescription sleep aid prior to leaving his office. He had a mixed drink earlier in the evening. While driving home, he became concerned about the effects of the sleep aid and immediately stopped the vehicle on a county road and fell asleep.”
Umm, are you trying to make your client look like a bigger asshole? He had what you would call a bourbon and Coke, which was no more than anyone else, and then as a sober human being thought it would be a good idea to pop a couple of sleeping pills before leaving the office and driving home? Is he a morbid thrill seeker or something? Did he cut his brake lines, disable his airbags and play a game of Russian Roulette while he was at it?
I did some research to see if Marlatt, like most hypocritical Oklahoma legislators, has authored any crazy, overreaching bills regarding drugs or alcohol. Check out this press release Marlatt issued a couple of years ago:
The guy pictured above is Charlie Meadows. When he’s not pursuing his lifelong dream of being a Santa at Dollar General, he’s a Derplahoman propagandist and the leader of some group called the Oklahoma Conservative Political Action Committee.
He’s also a racist.
A protest is being planned outside the weekly Oklahoma Conservative Political Action Committee meeting over an article their president wrote.
The title of the article is “Why blacks hate cops & how blacks can be winners, not losers!“
It was written by OCPAC president, Charlie Meadows, and was meant to address the situation in Ferguson.
Many were outraged when they received the article in the organizations weekly e-mail.
“I’m on Charlie’s newsletter, e-mail list and it came out and I looked at it and I thought wow, this looks bad,” said Sooner Tea Party leader, Al Gerhart.
Gerhart says they immediately responded to the article with an e-mail of their own.
“We slammed him,” said Gerhart. “We called him Mastah Charlie and again playing upon the old racist stereotypes in reverse to make him, shock him, this is what you’re looking like Charlie, this is crazy.”
So, want to know an easy way to tell when you’re a bat shit crazy racist? How about when the leader of the Sooner Tea Party thinks you’re a bat shit crazy racist? Want an even easier way? How about when Steve Kern, a man whose wife has gone on record to say that all black people are lazy and don’t like school, agrees with everything you just wrote:
The pastor of Olivet Baptist Church, Steve Kern, says he agrees with everything that Meadows had to say in the article and has no problem with sponsoring the group’s weekly meetings.
The entire article / manifesto / should we give this asshat some publicity is located below. Once again, it’s titled “Why Blacks Hate Cops & How Blacks Can Be Winners, Not Losers.” It’s something you’ll definitely want to send to all your loser black friends, right?
WHY BLACKS HATE COPS & HOW BLACKS CAN BE WINNERS, NOT LOSERS!
I have wanted to write this piece since trouble began to boil in Ferguson, but just couldn’t do so until now. First, I must state, NOT all black folks hate cops and MANY black people are already winners, they are not losers. This commentary is about that large number of black folks that do hate cops and are losers.
I will surely be called a “racist” and a “bigot” by some for even writing a word about the whole situation. But…
Actually, you can write thoughtful commentary about the complex situation in Ferguson and how it relates to race without being labeled a racist. Plenty of people have done it. What makes you a racist is making sweeping racist generalizations and writing the ignorant statement that most black people hate cops and are losers.
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