Sunday, November 05, 2006

Former Editors Respond

A group of former editors have written letters to the Collegian responding to President Nugent's comments and the paper's coverage of the incident. These letters were published in the November 2nd issue.

Those letters can be found here.

Disclaimer- These letters were written independently by members of the Collegian Alumni Association and their publication here is neither an endorsement of the letters themselves nor of the sentiment that they express.


Anonymous Steve Lannen said...

All leaders whine about the press. It's unfortunate Nugent chose that venue to express her feelings, but it's her right. Her criticism seems rather tepid to me compared to other criticism I've heard lately. Read last three grafs. - SL

McConnell sees GOP victories in Kentucky
By Steve Lannen
GEORGETOWN - Despite challenges from the Democrats and a sour mood among voters, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell predicts victory for state Republicans next week.

"In Kentucky we're going to win the state Senate, stay roughly where we are in the state House and re-elect our Republican congressmen. If there's something going on out there, I don't think it's going to happen here," the Louisville Republican told reporters after a speech.

He predicted the GOP would maintain control of the U.S. Senate, and said he could not predict the outcome in the U.S. House.

McConnell was in Georgetown yesterday to address a local Rotary Club luncheon. He also made stops in Shelbyville and Winchester yesterday, and was expected to appear with U.S. Rep. Ron Lewis today and U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis later in the week, staff said.

McConnell acknowledged the unpopularity of the war in Iraq, and said Bush's low approval rating has made this campaign more difficult for Republican candidates.

"There are a number of districts around the country where people are running hard this year who haven't had to do that lately," he said. "It's not all that bad here, but it's not what it used to be." He said he didn't think Gov. Ernie Fletcher's problems earlier this year would have a bearing on voters.

McConnell is the majority whip in the Senate and is considered the likely successor to Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn.

GOP senators will choose a new leader in two weeks, McConnell said. "I hope whoever that is is leading the majority and not the minority."

During a question-and-answer session, McConnell predicted that comprehensive immigration legislation will eventually pass. He also called Medicare and Social Security "two ticking time bombs," and criticized Democrats for not working on the reform of the latter.

When asked about the recent Herald-Leader series about McConnell's fund-raising ability, the senator said he did not read the articles. But based on what others told him, the stories were "fundamentally wrong" and "full of untruths," he said, without citing any specifics.

McConnell also chastised the paper for its arrangement with the Center for Investigative Reporting, which secured funding for the series from the Deer Creek Foundation, a philanthropy that has supported campaign-finance reform among many other causes.

"They're an embarrassment. My condolences if you have to suffer through that rag every day," he said.

Reach Steve Lannen in the Herald-Leader's Georgetown bureau, (502) 867-1354 or

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