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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Dori Monson, mouthpiece for the BIAW

It seems that 710 KIRO talk show host Dori Monson has taken umbrage at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer's Joel Connelly, whose latest column deservedly slams the BIAW for its slick radio campaign that unfairly trashes Governor Chris Gregoire's record of improving transportation on Dino Rossi's behalf.

Monson went to great lengths to insult Joel on his show today, sneering, "I shouldn't criticize Connelly too much - everybody knows he's totally lost it," and then proceeded to claim that Joel is "a mouthpiece for the Democratic Party."


I guess such absurd accusations are typical Dori Monson fare, but anybody who knows Joel appreciates that he takes the time to listen to everyone's viewpoints and doesn't much care for one party rule.

What's more, he makes a point of keeping his ear to the ground. He's frequently out of the newsroom, following candidates' retail politicking, attending conventions, and journeying out into the field to discern what people are saying and doing.

I can't remember the last time I saw Dori Monson out in public observing the political process. In fact, I can't even remember the last time I saw Dori at all.

Oh, I can! It was in one of those badly produced cable television ads for Stupid Prices furniture outlets. That was it! There was Dori, plopping himself down in a recliner and urging viewers to hurry on over and buy themselves a new couch or television stand in his brash, annoying voice.

What I found most pathetic about Dori's little spiel today, though, is his defense of the Building Industry Association of Washington.

Apparently there's nothing wrong or immoral about using a loophole in state law to grab the refunds from an insurance program to build a political war chest, deliberately funnel that money between various political action committees so as to conceal the source of it...and then, to air disparaging attack ads that unfairly blame one of the state's most pragmatic, effective elected officials for a lack of progress, when in reality, said elected official is largely responsible for ALL of the recent progress that's been made in improving our state's transportation system.

The BIAW is nothing more than a tool for Dino Rossi. They're Rossi's loyal Rottweilers. Their job is to defame, distort, discredit, deface, and create disillusionment with the governor's job performance.

Condemning the BIAW's underhanded tactics and divisive rhetoric doesn't make Joel Connelly a mouthpiece for the Democratic Party.

But Dori Monson's consistent, unapologetic, and strident defense of the state's meanest, nastiest, and greediest right wing lobby does make him a mouthpiece...for the Building Industry Association of Washington.


Blogger Michael said...

So the BIAW is to Dino Rossi, as the Washington State labor unions are to Christine Gregoire? Everybody has their backers; I think people just need to quit their whining because someone else is donating money to the candidate they don't personally favor. Go out and fundraise more for your candidate if you've got a problem!

June 12, 2008 10:17 PM  
OpenID derekjohnsonbooks said...

I've had several email exchanges with Connelly. If ever a human being "sneers" at someone and acts uncivil, it is him.

It seems to me that you're just upset that Dori doesn't flinch in the face of the left's intimidation tactics. Anyhow, that's how I consistently see it.

August 5, 2008 11:09 PM  

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