Del. McDonough takes aim at The Sun
We've gotten a barrage of e-mails today from supporters of Del Patrick McDonough who are upset that he was not quoted in stories last week about the $32 million in bonuses that Constellation Energy had planned to give to senior managers. (The company has since abandoned the bonuses, saying they had become "a distraction.") It appears that Del. McDonough has e-mailed his supporters to encourage them to write to our business editor and to the author of the story, Hannah Cho, and has provided them with talking points.
For the record, we recognize that Del. McDonough is one of the most consistent and vocal critics of Constellation in the legislature. We have quoted him on this issue many times before and will do so again. (In fact, I mentioned him on the radio this morning when discussing the case.) Copied below is a portion of the talking points Pat sent to his supporters:
State Senator James Rosapepe, a liberal Democrat from Montgomery County, was quoted frequently throughout the report. Senator Rosapepe has not asked for the resignation of Mr. Shattuck or created any legislation about Constellation management. Rosapepe did not hold a news conference about the bonuses. It seemed a bit odd that he would be mentioned so frequently in the Sun article.
Delegate McDonough's news conference was covered by many other newspapers and all 4 major television stations. The news conference was the lead story on television.
Delegate McDonough is the only elected official who has called for the removal of Shattuck and seriously questioned the executive leadership at Constellation.
Delegate McDonough handed out a news release to the Sun and other media outlets containing 20 key questions about Constellation.
There is no question the major media considered the McDonough news conference important and newsworthy. They all were in attendance and reported the story in a balanced and professional manner. None of them reported anything about Senator Rosapepe or his opinions.
Either the Sun is engaged in obvious biased reporting by snubbing Delegate McDonough or they lack the professional rigor to report all facts related to a story.