More Gubernatorial Spin from MaineToday Media?
Cutting Cutler in: On May 26, the MaineToday Media newspapers – the Portland Press Herald, Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel – wrapped up their series of profiles of the gubernatorial candidates with a glowing assessment of independent Eliot Cutler.
Which seems odd, since, unlike the other eleven Blaine House hopefuls the papers covered, Cutler isn’t on the June ballot. Independents like Cutler don’t take part in the primaries that determine party nominees.
I suppose an argument could be made that Cutler deserved the same treatment as the partisan candidates because he had qualified for the November ballot. But if that’s so, why didn’t MaineToday also do extensive pieces on Shawn Moody and Kevin Scott, the other two independents who’ve met the same standards?
Could it have something to do with Cutler growing up in Bangor with MaineToday CEO-to-be Richard Connor? Or could that curious editorial decision have been influenced by Robert C.S. Monks, Cutler’s campaign treasurer as well as a board member and investor at MaineToday?
Connor’s newspapers had been running a disclosure about the Monks connection with stories on Cutler, but that practice wasn’t followed with the latest piece. An oversight? Or a sign of what’s to come?
I’m leaning toward the latter.
Al Diamon can be e-mailed at firstname.lastname@example.org