That was an issue that was first brought up in the Aug. 29 Turner Report.
The newspaper leaves no doubt of where it stands on the issue, beginning with this statement:
A radio ad by Carla Keough, the Democratic candidate for the 125th District seat, and a letter by Jim and Nancy Wilson, Richards, along with several blogs aligned with the Democratic party have brought the incumbent, Barney Fisher's finances into question.
If the Daily Mail reporter is referring to The Turner Report as a "blog aligned with the Democratic party," nothing could be further from the truth. A blog that is "aligned with the Democratic party" would not have been the first and only one so far to name the names of Democratic state officials who attended the lobbyist-financed junket to the Isle of Capri casino in Boonville that ended with the arrests of Sen. Jeff Smith, D-St. Louis and Rep. Joseph Aull, D-Marshall. It would also not have covered the following stories:
-The felony hit-and-run charges against Rep. Brad Robinson, D-Bonne Terre
-The driving while intoxicated charges against Sen. Chuck Graham, D-Columbia
-Numerous Democratic legislators have been fixtures on my frequently updated Turner Report Hall of Shame for accepting gifts from lobbyists.
-This blog was the first to reveal that the Democratic candidate for Seventh District Congress in 2006, Jack Truman of Lamar, was the director of the movie "Phone Sex Grandma."
-The Turner Report also has cited campaign contributions from Ameristar Casinos, Vacation Travel Services and an Alaskan lobbyist to Democratic attorney general candidate Chris Koster
-This blog also noted how Koster was traditionally a top recipient of lobbyists' gifts...until he decided to run for attorney general.
-The Turner Report was the first to point out the money-laundering system used by Koster, which has been the subject of complaints filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission.
-The blog has kept readers informed of the incredible amount of money coming to Jay Nixon's campaign from trial attorneys and labor unions
The items listed above are just a partial list. Obviously, the reporter did not do much research, he just parroted the words that were placed in his mouth by Rep. Fisher or those who represent Rep. Fisher.
The reporter's lack of research is also evident because the entire story comes from what has been handed to him by either Fisher. The Daily Mail allows Fisher to spin his own story about the so-called "smear" being perpetrated against him by his opponent, Carla Keough, and her supporters, without ever presenting one word of their case.
What is also apparent is that the reporter, Steve Moyer, did not do one bit of original research for this story. All he had to do is walk to the courthouse and look at the actual lawsuits filed against Rep. Fisher. There is no evidence that he did so (or that he has any intention of doing so).
Perhaps I will be proven wrong and the Daily Mail has an upcoming story detailing Ms. Keough's position and the evidence against Rep. Fisher.
I won't be holding my breath waiting.