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Ehrlich Sizes up the Media (Again)


No big headlines here, but Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. made it clear today that he still prefers the electronic media to newspapers.

Ehrlich (R) offered his assessment at one of his periodic appearances at a "persuasion" class taught by Prof. Richard Vatz at Towson University. Vatz said it was either the 29th or 30th time Ehrlich has dropped in.

Speaking of newspapers, the governor said: "The problem is there is a human being between me and my audience." Talk radio, by contrast, "allows me a direct means of communication to the people I represent," Ehrlich said.

During the appearance, Ehrlich also expressed dismay with Democratic lawmakers who voted to block a state seizure of 11 low-performing Baltimore schools. Ehrlich said he met with many of them, who said they felt obligated to support their party on the issue.

"I just said, you know, this is from the heart," Ehrlich said. "Just do the right thing ... and they did not, by the way."

By John Wagner  |  April 20, 2006; 7:47 PM ET
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