The Anchorage Daily News (ADN) routinely, and perhaps conveniently, fails to report some of the news that is important to its’ readership. Here’s just one example of what, in this ADN readers view, constitutes a bad job of editing down at the Daily News.

I’m certain that when my copy of The Anchorage Daily News arrives in a few hours there will be a story about Alaska Senate President Ben Stevens dropping out of the race for the Senate seat that he currently holds. After all, ADN got this story up on their webpage post haste yesterday afternoon. It is, I would think, pretty hard to avoid printing news about the President of the State Senate, isn’t it?

I wonder if ADN will mention the fine that The Alaska Public Offices Commission (APOC) leveled against Stevens last Wednesday? And I can’t help but wonder why ADN didn’t report the story about the Stevens fine last Thursday like they should have.

ADN’s omission last week of Stevens most recent transgression was a poor decision on the part of ADN editors. In my opionion ADN did a lousy job (for some maybe they did a good job); and their blunder is yet another example of lousy journalism. It seems to me the editors at ADN got caught with their knickers down around their knees on this one

UPDATE: 2006 JULY 06, 04:17 am

Just got my copy of the Anchorage Daily News and guess what?


There is no mention in ADN today of the fines that APOC leveled against Sen. Ben Stevens last week. What gives??? ADN did cover Sen. Stevens decision not to run and placed the story by Don Hunter on the front page (above the fold), “Stevens to Leave Juneau.” But the ADN story failed to mention last weeks APOC fines and Sen. Stevens sagging poll numbers. I hope that Ray Metcalfe, a “gadfly” according to Hunter’s ADN story, does not stop biting at Sen. Stevens heals. If Sen. Stevens has violated Alaska’s financial disclosure rules, he has soiled the trust he must hold with the citizens of this state and should be held responsible for his actions. Perhaps Sen. Stevens, and maybe even some at the Anchorage Daily News, now hope that all will be forgotten or forgiven since our senator has decided not to run; I sure hope not! By deciding not to report the APOC findings and the resulting fines against Sen. Stevens, the editors at the Anchorage Daily News have done the voters and the citizens of Alaska wrong; Fourth Estate my…….

Edit: A list of some of Ben’s Bribes. (gg)