Wait A Sec! (some Media Nitpicking)

Reading a story on OregonLive, “Loudest voice in budget talks is for extras“, by Anna Griffin and Ryan Frank, they quoted Mayor Tom Potter as saying, “I didn’t run a $25 campaign to be bought off that easy.” and then clarify that by adding, “Potter, a former Portland police chief, beat former Commissioner Jim Francesconi last year while declining campaign contributions over $25.”

But that isn’t true!

Potter was pressured into upping his campaign contributions to $100! And he did!

I know it’s nit-picking, but I think the fact that he upped it to $100 is an important fact.

6 Comments so far

  1. The One True b!X (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2005 @ 5:49 pm

    I imagine this is part of what happens when we import reporters from other states to cover City Hall — there’s obviously a learning curve as far as catching up on recent history, and it would seem the editors didn’t catch this.


  2. Mikey (unregistered) on March 3rd, 2005 @ 9:40 am

    When he switched to $100 it really bothered me. He made this $25 commitment, and then backpedaled out of it… Of course, maybe I’m just bitter because Phil lost. :)


  3. The One True b!X (unregistered) on March 3rd, 2005 @ 6:23 pm

    My recollection is that Potter said all along — or at least from fairly early in the campaign, anyway — that his $25 limit was for the primary and then he’d re-examine the matter during the runoff.


  4. Anna Griffin (unregistered) on March 3rd, 2005 @ 6:42 pm

    Thanks for defending the MSM, bix. Sometimes on deadline we oversimplify, or simply forget everything we meant to mention. It’s not pretty, but it happens.


  5. Dave J. (unregistered) on March 4th, 2005 @ 10:05 am

    I think it is true and isn’t true: he kept it at $25 during the primary, but upped it afterwards, and you could (and I have heard people) make the argument that his dominance in the primary was what set up his dominance in the general.


  6. Mikey (unregistered) on March 4th, 2005 @ 11:14 am

    I know it’s a small point, but I feel like this is the sort of thing that enters the spoken history of Portland, “Remember when Potter ran for mayor and beat the millionaire with only $25?” :)



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