The Hardin County News Enterprise was there when Jim Bunning was speaking here in Elizabethtown, Kentucky Saturday February 21, 2009. The event made The Hardin County News Enterprise front page Monday February 23, 2009 and there was no mention of Jim Bunning's remarks concerning Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg or Senator Bunnings apology to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg or the fact that Bunning's office misspelled Ginsburg's last name.
From NBC's Ken Strickland and Mark Murray
In a written statement today, Kentucky GOP Sen. Jim Bunning apologized for remarks he made about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in which he predicted that she would pass away in nine months.
"I apologize if my comments offended Justice Ginsberg," Bunning said. "That certainly was not my intent. It is great to see her back at the Supreme Court today and I hope she recovers quickly. My thoughts and prayers are with her and her family."
Note: Bunning's office misspelled Ginsburg's last name.
I don't know if the The Hardin County News Enterprise just didn't hear what Bunning had to say about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, they just didn't think it was news worthy or they didn't want to offend any of the Republicans attending the event, but what Bunning said made national news and we blogged it here the next day.
Below is the News Enterprise front page article published February 23, 2009. Two days after the event. It's a shame that bloggers are aware of what is and what isn't news and the so called professional media aren't.
The Hardin County News Enterprise
ELIZABETHTOWN – As Kentucky has gotten out the word that Abraham Lincoln is a native son, the GOP on Friday claimed the 16th president as one of its own.
Sen. Jim Bunning, the keynote speaker at the annual Lincoln Day Dinner, called him: “the father of our Republican party.”
Bunning represented Kentucky on the national Bicentennial Commission. Lincoln’s 200th birthday was Feb. 12.
Also during the Historic State Theater event, a Lincoln look-alike to much applause said: “Mr. Obama, you are no Abraham Lincoln.” The president has fostered his own similarities to the other congressman from Illinois.
The president and several lawmakers in Congress have forgotten things Lincoln believed in, Bunning said. The senator, who mentioned qualities such as personal initiative, said the stimulus package aimed at easing the recession has removed welfare reforms that make recipients get jobs.
Bunning said the only good aspects of the stimulus are Republican amendments giving tax breaks to home buyers. And the best suggestion from the Obama administration has been to help struggling homeowners, he said.
Strings will be attached with the legislation. “That’s is why this stimulus package isn’t going to help us,” Bunning said. In fact, the president of JPMorgan Chase wants to give money back to the government because of that.
Bunning also said the situation is not going to get better soon. “So if you’ve got seatbelts on your chairs,” he told the audience, “put them on, because it’s going to be a rough ride.”
He also said he wants people to have confidence in the federal government, which — and he included the Bush administration — has failed them.
Besides talking about the stimulus, Bunning asked local Republicans for money.
The 77-year-old said he plans to run again in 2010. Also running is Democratic Lt. Gov. Dan Mongiardo, who lost by a slim margin to Bunning in 2004.
The Associated Press has called Bunning’s campaign finance situation “lackluster.”
And the Republican Senatorial Committee is not helping him or the Senate’s three other most conservative members, Bunning said.