The Projo’s Front Page Argument Against Campaign Finance Reform
Massive continuing protests against the direction of the U.S. government, a healthcare improglio, 9/11, shakeups in Japan, murmurs in Russia, continued economic pain. And what does the Providence Journal believe to be the most significant story of the day — deserving of one-third of its Sunday print edition front page? A big ol’ face-licking in-kind contribution to Congressman Patrick Kennedy.
If a corporate rag can behave thus (and I do not believe the law should attempt to prevent it), there is simply no argument whatsoever against allowing individuals or corporations to donate millions upon millions of dollars to the candidates of their choice. From here through the next campaign season, the news section of the Providence Journal should be considered first and foremost a venue for campaign literature produced on behalf of its favored candidates.
In other words, readers would get the most appropriate value out of any “news report” including the Kennedy name by cutting it out of the paper and rolling it between plies of toilet paper.