Here’s what happened: Following the 2016 Louisiana legislative session, the Louisiana State University (LSU) student government association released a “report card,” in which they graded high-profile legislators. Naturally, the LSU student government score-card was based on whether or not legislators supported or opposed particular pieces of legislation that they believed would have benefited or hurt LSU. With that, Peterson was given a grade of an ‘F’ by the LSU student government. And from there, the LSU Daily Reveille published the report card on their front-page this week.
Here’s the aftermath: Following the LSU Daily Reveille publishing the entirely fair and accurate article about LSU student government’s score-card, Peterson went on the defensive on Twitter. She tweeted all day on June 16, saying that it was “unfortunate” that the report was out there. Peterson also called out Zack Faircloth, who is a member of the LSU student government, for having ties to Gov. Jindal’s administration (His father, Jimmy Faircloth, worked for Jindal). Then, yesterday, Peterson was still on Twitter complaining about the article. This prompted the LSU Daily Reveille to tweet Peterson and tell her that they simply reported what the LSU student government put out to the public.
Here’s the issue: Why did the chairwoman of the Louisiana Democratic Party get so upset about a college newspaper reporting that a student government association is not fond of her?
While liberal pundits focused on how LSU student government’s score-card was inaccurate, we focused on Peterson’s response, which we were told on Twitter, was the equivalent to focusing on stage-craft instead of on substance.
But, is there not substance in monitoring how the leader of the state’s Democratic Party reacts to a small dosage of bad press? I mean, its the LSU Daily Reveille, not the New York Times.
Peterson’s overdone response to a little college newspaper article speaks volumes to how the Louisiana Democratic Party handles itself. After all, she is their chairwoman.
Not only did it seem unprofessional for Peterson to go after Jimmy Faircloth’s son, a college student, but it was also testament to the notion that Democrats never have to deal with bad press.
If Peterson had to deal with bad press as often as Republicans in Louisiana have to deal with bad press (think of Rep. Mike Johnson, R-Bossier City), she may not have reacted the way that she did.
Think about it.
What if Johnson had railed against a college newspaper, a college student government association and a particular college student for their opposition to his HB707 legislation this session?
His tweets would have been broadcast across the country and he would have been deemed ‘sensitive’ and ‘intolerant.’
Nonetheless, when Peterson rails against the LSU Daily Reveille, the LSU student government association and Zack Faircloth, we are told at the Hayride that we should be focusing on “substance.”
Interestingly enough, after we questioned Peterson’s response on Twitter yesterday, she tweeted something to the degree of “#BlockingOutTheNoise.”
However, Peterson certainly was not ‘blocking out the noise’ when it came to the LSU Daily Reveille’s bad press on her legislative performance.
If Peterson dealt with bad press all the time like conservatives like Johnson do, she would know that the entirely wrong PR move is to take to Twitter and complain about the fact that some college students don’t like you.
That’s actually probably the worst road to take.
Being that the LSU Daily Reveille is a college paper, she could have easily ignored their take on her legislative performance and no one probably would have even looked at it twice.
Instead, though, Peterson made it a bigger deal than it ever would have been by tweeting about it for two days.
The LSU Daily Reveille should not have to defend an entirely accurate report. And the LSU student government association should not be intimidated by politicians who disagree with their views on a legislative session.