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Daschle's journalistic gatekeeper?
Jason Van Beek (southdakotapolitics.blogs.com), researching the papers of former Sen. James Abourezk (D-S.D.), former employer of current Sen. Tom Daschle, discovered numerous memos detailing connections between Democratic campaigns and South Dakota's leading political journalist, David Kranz of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. After chronicling memos from Sen. Abourezk's campaigns that describe Mr. Kranz as a "good democrat," Mr. Van Beek complained that "Kranz has a rich history of bias." That's particularly important in one of this year's key Senate races, between Sen. Daschle and Republican John Thune. As Jon Lauck (dashlevthune.typepad.com) puts it, "Kranz doesn't report the bad things that are written about Daschle in the national press and allow voters to decide for themselves if the criticisms are meritorious. Kranz acts as a journalistic gatekeeper who prevents stories which might hurt Senator Daschle from being heard by SD voters."