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Calling Star-Ledger editorial board biased, Kean won’t seek their endorsement

GOP congressional candidate: ‘Tom Moran has written three opinion pieces that are factually incorrect and include various character attacks’

By David Wildstein, October 03 2020 1:38 pm

Republican congressional candidate Thomas Kean Jr. told the Star-Ledger on Friday that he won’t seek their endorsement because the editorial board is biased and has largely ignored covering his challenge to freshman Rep. Tom Malinowski in New Jersey’s 7th district.

Kean specifically called out the Star-Ledger editorial page editor, Tom Moran, who has written some scathing columns about him.

“Tom Moran has written three opinion pieces that are factually incorrect and include various character attacks,” said Kean in a letter obtained by the New Jersey Globe.  “As Mr. Moran has biased himself before the endorsement process has begun, this campaign has no confidence in his ability to have an honest conversation.”

The Senate Minority Leader criticized the state’s largest newspaper for failing to provide voters with “meaningful, factual and unbiased coverage of this important contest.”

“I write this with sadness,” Kean told the editorial board.  “I grew up reading the Star Ledger and have long respected the paper.”  Kean also said he respects the Star-Ledger reporters who have covered him over the years.

The Star-Ledger is planning to issue an endorsement for the 7th district on October 8, the Globe has learned.

The decision of the editorial board to tell voters who their congressman ought to be comes at a time when their reporters have virtually ignored the day-to-day news of one of the nation’s most closely-watched races for the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Washington-based reported for the Star-Ledger covered death threats made against Malinowski by QAnon, a right-wing conspiracy group on Thursday, and Malinowski’s vote on a House resolution condemning the group on Friday.

But other than Moran’s three columns – he wrote one in August titled “Why Tom Kean Jr. deserves to lose…” and items that appeared in the opinion section, the Star-Ledger has not published a stand-alone news story about Kean’s campaign for Congress since October 2019.

The Star-Ledger did not cover debates between Kean and Malinowski sponsored by the New Jersey Globe and later the League of Women Voters.

In March, the Star-Ledger editorial board endorsed Brigid Callahan Harrison for Congress in New Jersey’s 2nd district without interviewing any of the other candidates.

“We wanted to have influence on the Atlantic County convention on Sunday,” editorial page editor Tom Moran told the Globe in an email responding to questions.

Amy Kennedy won that convention by a 2-1 margin and the Star-Ledger, which openly sough to influence the vote by making an early endorsement, didn’t both to send a reporter to the convention and did not report the results.

Julie O’Connor, a member of the Star-Ledger editorial board who was speaking to the Kean campaign, did not immediately respond to a 12:57 PM email seeking comment.

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