Arkansas newspaper tells Sarah Huckabee Sanders there’s ‘lots of room’ for editorial after being called out for bias

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The Arkansas Democratic-Gazette (ADG) published an op-ed responding to fierce criticism by GOP gubernatorial candidate Sarah Huckabee Sanders over what she claimed was a liberal bias in favor of her Democratic opponent.

In an article titled “Plenty of room for good guest columns,” ADG’s editorial page spoke directly to Sanders about his Twitter feed calling on the newspaper to print an op-ed written by rival Chris Jones but refusing the one she had written in February.

“He said we in the ‘liberal’ media were hurting you. We thought our offer worked with your campaign, but we know how things slip through the cracks,” the column read. editorial. “Speaking of which, we kind of remember your campaign giving us a guest column in February, during the primaries. And speaking of the primary, the senior editor of this shop for this stuff was came out that week, so those of us who were left were asked to give our two cents, and we decided the column sounded too much like an advertisement, so we turned it down.

The ADG’s editorial acknowledged that the Sanders campaign’s investigation into why the newspaper chose to publish Jones’s article but not his was a “fair question”, but he was still “willing to give him “prime real estate” for a column and “always are,” offering an upcoming Sunday column.

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“We understand that fighting with the media makes politics. Sometimes that makes good politics. But we really try to be fair,” the editorial continued. “Maybe next time a phone call? Because we miss a lot of things people post on Twitter.”

Arkansas GOP gubernatorial candidate Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
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Sanders campaign spokesman Judd Deere hit back, telling Fox News Digital in a statement, “Sarah exposed the liberal bias of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette editorial page, and now they’re trying to Their so-called explanation today fails to explain why Sarah’s education column was “too campaigny” and dismissed, but her Democratic opponent’s education column which attacked Sarah by name was not and perfectly acceptable to be printed.”

“The newspaper’s editorial page was caught lying, their liberal bias exposed and they know it,” Deere continued. “Sarah will continue to tour the liberal media and deliver her message of fighting back against the radical left and empowering the Arkansans directly to the people.”

The Arkansas Democratic-Gazette did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

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In an op-ed published by ADG last week, Jones accused Sanders of being “absent” on the subject of education and raising teacher salaries.

“When I released my plan, I invited Sanders to participate in this important statewide conversation. Unfortunately, she is still on wrongful absence for education at this time,” Jones wrote Thursday. .

Chris Jones, Democratic gubernatorial candidate of Arkansas.  (Photo by Riccardo Savi/Getty Images for Concordia Summit)

Chris Jones, Democratic gubernatorial candidate of Arkansas. (Photo by Riccardo Savi/Getty Images for Concordia Summit)
(Riccardo Savi/Getty Images for Concordia Summit)

Well, according to Sanders, the ADG didn’t give him the same opportunity to expose himself. education projecttelling his Twitter followers that there’s “a reason Americans don’t trust the media.

“In February, I reached out to @ArkansasOnline to post a column outlining my education priorities as governor. They declined,” Sanders wrote Monday. “The reason? Discovered in an internal email accidentally sent to my staff… They said it was too ‘campaign’ and wanted me to buy an ad.”

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Sanders then shared a screenshot of ADG’s editorial page editor David Barham telling a colleague, “I don’t know. Should I tell him to buy an ad?” later adding, “That sounds very campaigny. But I don’t know if we’ve ever done that sort of thing on Voices.”

In a separate email shared by Sanders, Barham is seen telling the campaign, “Thank you for considering us. But because Ms. Sanders is running for office, it wouldn’t work for our Voices page,” suggesting to contact Voices. editor Brenda Looper for questions about the newspaper’s policies.

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“Americans know liberal media has one set of rules for Republicans and another for Democrats… But they can’t – and won’t – silence me or YOU,” Sanders tweeted. “That’s why I campaigned directly with the people – meeting with thousands of Arkansans in all 75 counties. I will never sit still and let the liberal media peddle their biases and double standards and get away with it. like that.”

Former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks during the America First Policy Institute's America First Agenda Summit in Washington, DC, U.S., Tuesday, July 26, 2022.

Former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks during the America First Policy Institute’s America First Agenda Summit in Washington, DC, U.S., Tuesday, July 26, 2022.
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Sanders, daughter of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, plans to become the state’s first female governor.

She became a national figure when she served as the White House Press Secretary for the trump administration. Sanders was also a Fox News contributor.

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She will face Chris Jones, a physicist and minister who will have an uphill battle to defeat his GOP opponent in a deep red state like Arkansas. Like Sanders, Jones would make history if elected in November, potentially becoming Arkansas’ first black governor.

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