In an editorial filled with factual errors, the Anchorage Daily News has said that the administration of Mayor Dave Bronson is dishonest.
It’s the same editorial board that remained silent when former Mayor Ethan Berkowitz couldn’t keep his pants up. The editorial board that never said a word when Berkowitz spoke to the “Sea of revolutionaries, and it makes my heart glad.” The editorial board that gave former disgraced Gov. Bill Walker a pass after he folded his tent upon the publicity surrounding his rogue best friend and lieutenant governor.
This time, the editorial board spared no words. It wasn’t your normal 500-700 editorial, but instead ran over 1,100 words to explain just how dishonest the mayor’s office is, in their mind.
Only the proof is just not there. The entire string of emails that the Anchorage Assembly received in a public records request only shows that the early days of the Bronson campaign had some of the foibles one could expect from a guy who had never before held elected office and was learning the ropes. One thing Bronson learned is that no deed goes unpunished by the Assembly or the Anchorage Daily News.
Hilariously, three ads for Forrest Dunbar for Assembly popped up into the middle of the editorial. Dunbar was the Anchorage Daily News’ endorsed candidate for mayor in 2021; they lost and Dunbar lost. You cannot make this stuff up.
The ADN has jumped the shark, looking for a boogyman who doesn’t exist, and so it has made one up. There’s no reason in the world why the mayor or his representatives should bother returning calls from the newspaper at this point.
Here is what else the newspaper didn’t tell its readers: Moments after the Assembly Chair Suzanne LaFrance and Vice Chair Chris Constant received the copies of the internal emails from the mayor’s office, the phones started ringing. The reporters from the ADN wanted copies of those emails, too. They got the tip from LaFrance and Constant. It was all a set up by the leftists on the Assembly and the lapdog newspaper.
The emails showed nothing they had hoped for: The police chief left for a better job. So what? The fluoride was turned off briefly for evaluation. So what? The city manager has cracked down on leaks to the media. Good for her. The city manager did not, in fact, order the video monitor of a chaotic Assembly meeting to be cut.
The one thing the editorial got right was that it asked the mayor to fire City Manager Amy Demboski back in December. And the editorial board didn’t get its way. It’s now pitching a fit. But we all know that it’s trying to create so much blood in the water that the mayor will be damaged and unable to return the city to its formerly inhabitable condition. The newspaper has been after Demboski since before she ran for mayor.
This is why so many members of the public now consider the mainstream media the enemy. And the editorial board of the ADN has not learned a thing but has decided to dig an even deeper hole for itself.
First rule of hole-digging: Just stop.
The editorial board of the Anchorage Daily News showed on Sunday that its transition is complete: It has become the leading alternative press in Alaska. The Anchorage Press should be very upset with the well-funded competition for the left-leaning news consumers.