Popular ‘news’ site with connections to Speaker Hubbard fond of photo-shopping Dunn pics to falsely portray him as liberal
By Eddie Curran
Yellowhammer News likes to photo-shop images of Terry Dunn to go with its invariably critical, fact-retardant reporting on him.
On July 14, Yellowhammer’s Cliff Sims sent the following e-mail to two people who provide graphics type services for the site. Notice the subject heading of the e-mail.
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Subject: Bad Guy Logos
From: “Cliff Sims” <email@example.com >
Date: Sun, July 14, 2013 11:39 pm
To: (Name Removed); CC (Name Removed)
Attached are logos for all the bad guys… you could pop them all up on the screen with crosshairs over Alabama, since they’re now targeting Alabama. (Name Removed) – can you hook (Name Removed) up with the state of Alabama with crosshairs over it? Just an idea. But these logos will be useful either way.
Attached to the email were the following logos:
Eight minutes before that e-mail, Sims had sent this one:
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Subject: AARP partners with enviros
From: “Cliff Sims” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, July 14, 2013 11:31 pm
To: “Name Removed”
This is a big deal… AARP needs to be lumped in with the enviro nuts too: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ciZOFBD8Ms&feature=youtu.be 1:20 – 1:43
Several months later, the national political web-site Politico published a story reporting that some in the environmental movement were looking for a leading Republican to get involved in issues like climate change. Terry Dunn, a mere Alabama Public Service Commissioner, was obviously not the high-level Republican the described in the story. But even if he was, he’s not environmentalist.
That didn’t stop Yellowhammer — or perhaps its ghost-writers at Swatek Azbell Howe & Ross. Yellowhammer published a story touting Dunn as the answer to the national environmentalists’ prayers. Tongue-in-cheek or not, it was yet another effort by Yellowhammer to portray Dunn as a liberal environmentalist. Below, the headline and image used atop the story. Notice the logos photo-shopped on Dunn’s car.
Wrote Sims (or in any event, under his byline): “In Alabama, Republican Public Service Commissioner Terry Dunn has been the answer to the enviros prayers.”
He proceeded to write about “the climate change crew,” as if Dunn — a three-time delegate to the Republican National Convention — is captain of that crew.
The American Association of Retired Persons, or AARP, regularly appears before the Public Service Commission. It does so to try to lower your power bills. Dunn happens to want to do the same thing. Therefore, Dunn is “cozying up” to AARP. As the above e-mail shows, Sims directed his graphics person to link AARP with the “enviro nuts.”
Sims and Yellowhammer’s secret or not so secret supporters want to convince Republicans that Dunn is linked to the AARP and the “enviro nuts.” This picture, too, is Photoshopped.
Based on the logic of Yellowhammer News and the other Dunn-bashers, any PSC commissioner who proposes now or in the future to review and conceivably reduce Alabama Power’s rates will be branded as “enviro-nut.” In other words, any PSC commissioner who merely decides to do his or her job can be assured of facing a massive and largely anonymous campaign to ruin them politically.
On Nov. 4, Yellowhammer ran the a piece identifying what it determined to be the Top 10 most vulnerable incumbents in the 2014 election. Topping the list: Terry Dunn.
He was described as being “more out of touch with Alabama’s conservative base” than any Republican office-holder in Alabama.
I think it fair to say that Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard and his attached-at-the-hip lobbying/consulting firm of Swatek, Azbell, Howe & Ross want Republicans to believe that, as does perhaps the Swatek firm’s top clients: Alabama Power and the Southern Company.
Yellowhammer News and Cliff Sims, as always, were at their service. Below, some more examples of Yellowhammer News’ campaign against Dunn.