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Juneau Empire reporting alumnus said this about a beloved PBS children’s show

Kevin Baird may no longer write Alaska politics for the Juneau Empire, but he still has an opinion on social media, about the Dunleavy Administration. He doesn’t like Gov. Michael Dunleavy, and he has taken great pains to show it.

Baird, who quit or was fired from the Empire in April, after working as the Capitol reporter, goes by the handle of @evil_bad_man on Twitter.  He went out in a blaze of invectives on a leftwing blog when he separated from the Empire and has been writing smack about the Dunleavy Administration ever since on social media.

Most of his social media posts are on the vulgar side but this one is especially nasty and homophobic. It’s Baird’s analysis of the latest PBS Molly of Denali episode. The show is for children:

 

It’s always difficult to find good reporters who will work for a reporter’s wage (less than waiters make in Juneau, typically). And it’s getting harder to differentiate the mainstream media from the Democratic Party. Baird, it should be noted, also had been a reporter for the Fairbanks News-Miner.

Among the Alaskans who hit the “like” button on Baird’s little homophobic joke were Olivia Garrett, former staffer to Sen. Scott Kawasaki, Nona Dimond, former staffer to Sen. Gary Stevens (she recently referred to MRAK’s editor as a “monster,”) and Chris Dimond, Nona’s husband, who is employed by the carpenters union in Juneau. It’s a unique tribe of social media “likers,” particularly since Olivia Garrett is the avowed socialist who took down Rep. Dean Westlake for allegedly groping her. She was also one of the radicals who occupied the Wasilla special session and pounded on tables and screamed.

Baird’s colleagues in the mainstream media may be relieved he’s no longer in the Capitol to embarrass them. The former reporter has moved to Portland, Ore., where his comedy skills may be put to good use.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • This seems like a pretty unnecessary and unfounded attack on someone presented with a lack of information and uh.. any hint of sound reporting? Not really sure what would compel you to put all your ‘research’ on a page and hit publish but uh, do you i guess

    • Hey Whiner, you really hit the nail on the head when you picked that name for yourself. I see perfectly acceptable reporting — not too much, not too little, just right for this little gem that exposes the capitol press corps liberal bias.

  • Wow that was an incredibly biased and personal attack of an article. Slow news day?

    • Juniper, funny but that was exactly my sentiment when I read the tweet by Kevin Baird — what an incredibly biased and personal attack by someone who was covering the governor right up until he was fired three months ago.

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