Perry Appoints Former Reporter New Chief Of Staff

CBS Dallas / Fort Worth


AUSTIN (AP) — Gov. Rick Perry has appointed a new chief of staff as he prepares for retirement.

Perry named former Houston Chronicle reporter Kathy Walt on Monday to manage his office. Walt previously worked for Perry’s press secretary when he took office in 2000. Most recently she’s worked for the Lower Colorado River Authority in charge of government relations.

The governor also named Jonathan Taylor to serve as director of the Economic Development and Tourism Division. Aaron Demerson will be a senior adviser for economic development.

Perry announced last month that he will not seek re-election. That gives him only 16 months left as governor.

Perry has held open the possibility of a second run for president in 2016. He has recently made high-profile appearances at national Republican events.

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Poll: 68 Percent Of Americans Say Media ‘Watchdog’ Keeps Politicians In Check


WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Although news organizations’ ratings in accuracy, fairness and independence remain at all-time lows, a new poll finds that Americans continue to say the press acts as a watchdog against political wrongdoing.

The Pew Research Center poll from July found that nearly seven-in-ten (68 percent) of U.S. adults say media criticism of political leaders keeps them in check. This is up 10 points from a 2011 poll.

However, 21 percent say press criticism keeps political leaders from doing their job.

Almost equal majorities of Republicans (69 percent), independents (69 percent) and Democrats (67 percent) see press watchdogs as a “Fourth Estate” check on political corruption. Younger people were found to be more likely to say news organizations keep political leaders in check.

But outside of its watchdog role, the media received decidedly negative ratings from the public. Sixty-seven percent said that news reports are often inaccurate, and even…

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Problem with politics is incessant TV coverage

Media Politics in Perspective

By Bill McCullough, Daily News

Re: ‘Coverage of federal politics is puzzling’ (Daily News, July 26) You think? There’s not much puzzle there. All-day audio and visual news programs are killing insightful news coverage.

In our own TV cable area alone there are four readily accessible 24/7 news networks, all commercially competing for the same fairly brain-dead audience.

Any one of those networks can only hope for favourable market share by ensuring that, at any moment someone tunes in, that listener is going to be riveted by something “newsy.” Something newsy in the way of a sound or vision bite is rarely something in the way of good news.

All day news is attack news about bad things involving both good and bad people.

Worse still, at least two of our own networks tend to scroll news in a way that favours a political bias on the right or left…

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