Neither report includes any part of the Q&A session about the Marshall/Newman amendment. Both reporters simply echo the bland, all-too-familiar talking points issued by the AG and other pro-amendment leaders.
A better, and more interesting report would have included questions from the audience that forced the AG to say things that were off script. For example, he admitted on the record that the proposed amendment is in fact an extension beyond what is already in Virginia law. Since this is one of the favorite talking points of the Marshall/Newman crowd (repeated yet again today in a Virginia Pilot op-ed by poor Victoria Cobb), it would be nice for a journalist to have picked up on the fact that McDonnell himself admitted it isn’t true.
We need to insist that our local journalists get it right. When our Attorney General, the “people’s lawyer,” makes a statement about an addition to our Bill of Rights designed to convince voters that it’s harmless, and then is publicly forced to admit that his statement was false, that’s news. The voters have a right to expect this to be reported.
Tell the editors and readers of the Fairfax Times and the Observer that a key piece of information was missing from their articles on this event: