On the media:
Sunday’s Washington Post featured a front-page flattering story about Democratic congressional candidate Tammy Duckworth, running in the March Illinois Democratic primary for the seat being vacated by Rep. Henry Hyde (R-Ill.)
There was no new ground plowed—but, for the record, the report was wrong in explaining exactly when Duckworth ``officially’’ announced her candidacy on Dec. 18. The backstage story is this:
Back in December, Duckworth’s handlers, very eager to launch her with national attention were ready to hand an exclusive interview to ABC’s "This Week with George Stephanopoulos.’’
Stephanopoulos bragged that he would have an exclusive the week before, but it never came to pass. Even though by Dec. 17 it was clear Duckworth was running, the ``formal’’ announcement was still worthy of attention, since it would be the first time the political press would be allowed to talk to her. Duckworth's handlers originally envisioned a national rollout, ignoring the local press.
However, the Duckworth campaign switched gears and decided to offer interviews with Duckworth to interested reporters from Chicago area papers on Friday. This seemingly generous offer only came after the campaign received a strong complaint about how they (and by inference, the candidate) cared more about network exposure (great for fundraising) than the local papers.
So on Friday, Duckworth did a series of interviews with Chicago outlets as well as ABC.
The Sun-Times put up a story on its website that night. Stories ran in the Sunday edition of the Sun-Times (published on Saturday) and in other papers.
But in the Washington Post story that ran this Sunday, the Chicago-based reporter wrote , ``Duckworth formally announced her candidacy on Dec. 18 on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos."
Perhaps readers were supposed to infer something between the lines. But the line itself-never happened.