Its never surprising when Democratic or Republican spin machines fire shrill volleys at one anothers candidates, but its unusual to see a partys attack dogs going after a member of the media. That happened in Baton Rouge last week when the state Republican Party fired off a news release dissing TV station WBRZ for allegedly going easy on new Democratic Congressman Don Cazayoux.
The fight erupted after the GOP issued a Web advertisement using portions of a WBRZ interview with Cazayoux about some of his energy votes. Titled, Were Not Laughing, the ad poked fun at both the congressman and the station, which the GOP says let Cazayoux off easy. In response, the station disavowed any connection to the GOP ad and asked the Republicans to pull it citing the GOPs unethical use of WBRZs copyrighted video. The Democrats weighed in, praising the station for setting the record straight, which prompted a snarky reply from GOP spokesman Aaron Baer. Democrats and WBRZ are walking in lockstep to prevent the public from knowing the truth about Don Cazayouxs pitiful record on energy, Baer said in a news release. Baer accused Cazayoux, the Democrats and WBRZ of all following the same game plan to fool voters of the 6th District. The release also accused the station of having a cuddly relationship with Louisiana Democrats. The old adage about not picking a fight with people who control the ink and the presses as well as the airwaves is about to be put to the test in Red Stick. WBRZ is owned by the same family that owns The Advocate newspaper.