Public Relations

The politicians' pawns [Commentary]

The politicians' pawns [Commentary]

Baltimore County officials co-opted the media coverage of a man's invasion of the WMAR-TV studios in Towson last week — the latest in a string of news events in which politicians were given center stage for no apparent reason.

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz was the first official to speak about the crazy circumstances surrounding the incident at the TV station on York Road. Speaking just before 5 p.m. to hastily assembled reporters from the four local TV stations, local radio outlets, and national media, Mr. Kamenetz announced the big news: that the suspect who crashed a stolen truck into Channel 2's front entrance had been taken into custody.

With cameras and...