Well done, Eliza Kern. Young, hungry and on the ground in New Hampshire is exactly where a young wannabe political journalist wants to be.
Noted: WMUR, how about giving some credit where credit is due?
Via wtucker at Blue Hampshire:
Bob Giuda’s campaign for Congress crashed and burned Monday afternoon, brought down by a 600-word blog post. Actual cause of death was the candidate’s own intemperate words and dismissive attitude, but it was the reporting by a college student on summer break that nailed the coffin shut.
Giuda, the former Marine pilot and FBI agent, met his match in Eliza Kern, a rising junior at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Kern is covering the NH-02 Congressional race this summer in her blog, Primary Wire. She accompanied Giuda to Rivier College in Nashua where he spoke to high school students attending a leadership seminar. And she nailed it:
In the discussion, Giuda became defensive and angry, and his arguments verged on the offensive and ridiculous, even for a socially conservative candidate.
In regards to the danger of gay marriage, he said, “What’s next? Men and sheep? Women and dogs?”
He called gay marriage the root of ill in society, referring to it as the “downfall of the nation.” He called single motherhood a result of “breakdown in marriage,” and went so far as to blame the fall of Sparta, a military power in Ancient Greece, on homosexuality among its soldiers.
Her report was picked up by James Pindell at NHPoliticalReport.com, the new media news outlet that has become a must-read for the state’s political movers and shakers. And it exploded.
The traditional media was left to pick up the pieces. WMUR snagged Giuda for a follow-up interview while failing to attribute the original reporting. (“Giuda reportedly said…”) The Nashua Telegraph then reported on the WMUR interview.
The Giuda campaign gave up the ghost this week, but rumors of the death of journalism have been greatly exaggerated.
For once I wholly agree with my friends over at Blue Hampshire.