Although a few people have accused me of having the presumption to think I am a news reporter, I have no such delusions. Based upon what little news reporting I have done on this blog, I recognize that serious news reporting is a fulltime job, one that requires more time and grit than I have spent on such a task. At best I am a “citizen journalist.” Nonetheless, I do think I have earned the right to express some disappointment with both the news media and its readers.
An Example of Inadequate Reporting
Recently, I wrote HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY CONVENTION ON MARCH 27, 2010. During the Convention, Chairman-At-Large Corey Stewart announced some plans to support Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli‘s counter assault against nationalizing our health care system. So when I got this link, Republican Controlled Prince William Board of Supervisors Passes Resolution to Send Cooch a Letter Thanking Him for Frivolous Health Care Reform Lawsuit, I was pleased. Stewart was finally taking action.
So I read on, but when I read the post at LeavingMyMarc.com, I got confused even more confused than usual. Most of the information in post is old news, and I had a difficult time finding anything confirming what was in the post. Nonetheless, I persisted, and I found this report, Republican PWC Board of Supervisors Health Care Letter, at ActBlue and this editorial, EDITORIAL: Remember your place, supervisors, at InsideNoVA.com. The editorial floored me. I could not find a news story in InsideNoVA.com, but InsideNoVA.com thought the issue important enough to write an editorial. If the story was important enough to write an editorial, how come InsideNoVA.com never reported on it as news?
Foolish News Viewers and Readers
Much of the news business is still in private hands. As the news media is discovering, viewers and readers can pick whatever news sources they want. Unfortunately, there is still a lot nonsense being reported as “news.” Instead of hearing about those things that actually affect our communities, we get 24 X 7 gossip. I am not going to elaborate. What is the point? We each know what news we view and read, and we each also have some idea of what is important. If we want our children and grandchildren to have a decent country, then we must look for news that is relevant. When even Democrat blogs do a better job of reporting….
The Missing Story
So what did LeavingMyMarc.com and ActBlue report? On March 23rd, they reported the Prince William Board of County Supervisors (BOCS) passed the following resolution and sent the Attorney General the following letter (See the 5-hour point on the video at this website.). Prince William Republicans need to know about this resolution and letter. Republicans also need to thank the BOCS. If we want our guys to defend constitutional government, then we have to encourage and support them.
Board Letter Thanking Cuccinelli
The Honorable Kenneth T. Cuccinelli, II
900 East Main Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Dear Attorney General Cuccinelli:
Attached please find a copy of a Resolution of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors. On behalf of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors, I am writing to thank you for your efforts regarding your recent law suit Commonwealth v. Kathleen Sebelius.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA), which was signed by the President of the United States on March 23, 2010 creates a template for federal action that will affect all levels of government and all citizens for years to come. The Prince William Board of County Supervisors would like to thank you for protecting our residents’ rights by filing this action.
Thank you for your leadership on this very important issue. We wish you good luck on your efforts.
Corey A. Stewart
Cc: Board of County Supervisors
Virginia Congressional Delegation
MOTION: STIRRUP March 23, 2010 Regular Meeting SECOND: COVINGTON Res. No. 10-243 RE: LETTER THANKING THE VIRGINIA ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR THE EFFORTS OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA TO CHALLENGE THE CONSTITUTIONALITY OF THE FEDERAL PATIENT PROTECTION AND AFFORDABLE CARE ACT ACTION: APPROVED WHEREAS, the U.S. Congress passed on March 21, 2010, and the President of the United States signed into law on March 23, 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA); and
WHEREAS, on March 23, 2010 the Commonwealth of Virginia filed suit against Kathleen Sebelius in her official capacity as the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services for the United States seeking to declare the PPACA unconstitutional (Commonwealth v. Kathleen Sebelius); and
WHEREAS, many other States and private organizations are also seeking to challenge the constitutionality of the PPACA through the federal courts;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Prince William Board of County Supervisors wishes to thank the Virginia Attorney General for his efforts, for protecting the rights of Prince William County residents, and to wish him good luck on his efforts.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Prince William County Attorney’s Office is instructed to look into whether or not the Prince William Board of County Supervisors could file an amicus curiae brief in support of the Commonwealth’s position in Commonwealth v. Kathleen Sebelius.
Votes: Ayes: Caddigan, Covington, May, Nohe, Stewart, Stirrup Nays: Jenkins, Principi Absent from Vote: None Absent from Meeting: None