Ohio's Old Media needs a collective medical intervention to battle Chronic Reporting Amnesia (CRA).
Ohio's Democratic Attorney General, who has been no stranger to controversy since his election in November 2006, is in major hot water over the conduct of two employees on his staff:
An attorney representing two women whose sexual harassment allegations have triggered a widening scandal at Attorney General Marc Dann’s office says his clients have abundant evidence of their claims.
..... (Attorney Rex) Elliott said Cindy Stankoski and Vanessa Stout, both 26, have text messages, e-mails and “the whole nine yards to prove exactly what they’re saying.” The two have alleged that Anthony Gutierrez, the office’s general services supervisor, engaged in inappropriate comments and touching at the office and at a Dublin apartment then shared by him, Dann and communications director Leo Jennings III.
Dann has placed both Gutierrez and Jennings on paid leave as the allegations are investigated. Jennings was not accused of harassment in the women’s complaints. Dann placed him on leave Monday based on undisclosed new information he says came out in the investigation.
From reviewing at least a dozen stories concerning events relating to this growing scandal, it's clear that Ohio's press has totally forgotten what party Dann is a member of. One paper even seems to have forgotten that Dann is the Buckeye State's AG (April 20 Update: What I believe was the Cincinnati Enquirer's first story about Dann, relaying AP's coverage, appeared on the front page of Saturday's print edition. It also appeared online at the Enquirer at 11:21 a.m. The Enquirer's search engine appears to be unable to find wire stories on its site).
The statewide spread of CRA has become serious. Strangely, the disease only appears to affect the left side of the brain, as Ohio's reporters usually have little trouble identifying the party of a scandal-plagued Republican.
The party affiliation of Dann, who at one time relished in portraying himself as Ohio's up-and-coming equivalent of Eliot Spitzer, is not mentioned in at least these Ohio press items:
As former Democratic Governor and US Senator from Georgia Zell Miller once said in another venue, "I could go on, and on, and on, and on."
Oh, here's an exception! After failing to do so in previous articles here, here, and here, Alan Johnson of the Columbus Dispatch ("Criminal complaint filed over Dann aide") mentions Dann's party -- in the ninth and final paragraph.
Even beyond the harassment-related scandal, the Dayton Daily News's Bischoff failed to note Dann's party affiliation in a story today about a different matter that more directly involves him ("Dann authorized his driver to carry concealed weapon").
This is amazing determination on the part of Ohio's press.
Cross-posted in slightly revised form at BizzyBlog.com.