Kansas City Star editorial columnist Yael Abouhalkah does not really have to follow rules of fairness as a reporter does.
As a columnist the veteran Star employee and can write whatever opinions he wants. It also seems he is above being edited.
However, at times he embarrasses himself and takes a major credibility hit when he becomes an absolute PR shill for such folks as Claire McCaskill, KCMO Mayor Sly James, Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, President Obama and VP Joe Biden.
He considers himself a local kingmaker who can either make a candidate like former Mayor Kay Barnes, or bury one as he did with former Mayor Mark Funkhouser.
In his latest column ahead of tonight’s debate between VP candidate Paul Ryan and Biden, Abouhalkah tries to set the stage by making Ryan look evasive and testy in answering questions. He says Ryan couldn’t even answer a simple question about his own tax plan.
“Face it: Ryan – for all the hype he gets about being a numbers/budget geek – hasn’t exactly been covering himself in glory the last few days in televised remarks,” sniffed Aboulhakah.
Unfortunately, in his haste to attack Ryan prior to the debate, Abouhalkah makes a statement that may leave readers scratching their heads.
Abouhalkah says Ryan has a “Neanderthal viewpoint of abortion, which the GOP candidate says he’s against even in cases of abortion.”
That certainly is a Neanderthal stance. Ryan is even against abortion in cases of abortion.
If that is Ryan’s stance on the issue he certainly deserves to lose the debate.
What is also interesting was Abouhalkah’s dismissal of last week’s Romney-Obama debate that he didn’t feel was really very “entertaining.”
Is that the goal of these debates? To entertain people or educate them on the issues?
“After all, given the glib Biden and the overly confident Ryan promises to be more entertaining that the Romney-Obama debate of last week,” he concluded.