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Chad Selweski continues his efforts to not understand what constitutes an actual big deal

by: Eric B.

Tue Aug 26, 2014 at 12:59:50 PM EDT

Barring some miracle Hail Mary by Fried Chicken Frank, this is going to be the worst example of political journalism you'll read at any Michigan media outlet all week.

Senate candidate Gary Peters’ recent purchase of coal company bonds marks the second time in a week that revelations about his personal investments clash with his campaign commitments to champion environmental causes.

The first time, of course, was the revelation that part of Gary Peters' diversified investment portfolio was that it had foreign petroleum holdings. It was not, in fact, evidence that his personal investments clash with his committment to environmental causes, since the burning of petroleum, while unfortunate, is still an unescapable reality. Saying that someone is an environmental hypocrite over a modest investment in foreign petroleum is like saying that Al Gore is an environmental hypocrite because he flew on an airplane to accept his Nobel Peace Prize for An Inconvenient Truth. It's not anything any adult takes seriously, and is mostly regarded as important by rightwing zealots and centrist columnists who are always in the market for evidence that "both sides do it," no matter how lame.

As to the investment in question, at least this time Selweski was good enough to attach a number. How much has Peters sunk into bonds for his coal company?

Congressional disclosure forms require members of Congress and congressional candidates to identify the value of their assets in financial categories. Peters reported that his investment in Cliffs Natural Resources was between $1,000 and $15,000. The company’s mines, located in West Virginia and Alabama, produce up to 9.4 million tons of coal annually.

This is every bit as damning as it would be to read a campaign finance form and found that Peters received $200 from a local gas station owner. WOULD HE RETURN BIG OIL'S MONEY? Keep in mind that not so long ago, they were jumping up and down, flapping their arms, and shrieking that Peters isn't a man of the people because he is worth a couple million dollars.

By the way, it has to be pointed out that an actual objective examination of Peters' environmental record would actually be an examination of where both candidates stand on energy  and the environment, since in this case it's actually the other candidate that is trying to tar the other as anti-environment. That would include disclosing the petroleum investments of that candidate and her ties to the people who actually left the giant pile of petcoke lying next to Detroit that got Peters' dander up in the first place.

Eric B. :: Chad Selweski continues his efforts to not understand what constitutes an actual big deal
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Never bet against Fried Chicken Frank
He is the perennial Under in low journalistic standards.

And I can't fully describe how happy I'm going to be when I tune in Michigan football on Saturday and not hear Beckmann's voice polluting the airwaves.

A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always count on the support of Paul.

It was from MiLib that I discovered Chad Selweski's blog, and all I can say is that this guy is out of his league when not writing about his forte, Macomb politics. His posting on things statewide are pointless and often filled with errors, not to mention that there just isn't much there.

He needs to stick with what he knows and blog on to his hearts' content about a place with no shortage of story lines - Macomb County.

At some point they moved him from political coverage to the sports copy desk and I was one of the people who raised a stink over it, because he really does a good job at the Macomb stuff and it was a shame to lose it. I mean, that's an interesting area -- politically speaking -- and it was great to have someone local writing about it.

But, this stuff never ceases to disappoint me. He has it in his head that a) you have to be a centrist to be a good journalist, and b) to be a centrist you need to devote equal time talking about how terrible everyone is equally. So, we get nonsense like this.

Among the Trees

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And then...
When you criticize him for his work, he waves off the criticism as motivated by partisan ship. Both times I've written about this, I've criticized his work on his Facebook account. Both times, we dismisses the criticism as "lefty" shouting or something. It's never that his work is shoddy.

Among the Trees

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When I lived in Michigan he was just doing politics for the Macomb Daily, and he did a damn good job reporting the crazy scene there. He was pretty much the 'go-to' guy for the straight story on what was happening in that politically wild place.

When I found his blog thru here, I was really surprised at his stuff, but shrugged it off more than anything as it being the effort to grab hits rather than tell the real story. He does just enough, I am guessing, to capture hits from both right and left and that is likely his mission on the blog more than intellectually addressing the real things that need to be addressed.

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Never have "49 journalism awards" been so wasted
I can't help but feel sorry for Chad.

He's like the real-world version of Doonesbury's Rick Redfern, who was unceremoniously laid off after more than three decades at the WaPo and ended up working out of his home as an unpaid blogger.

"The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity." ~ Harlan Ellison

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