If you are a local news junkie like me, you’ve no doubt read Jeff Pelline’s blog, the Sierra Foothill Report. Jeff is a veteran journalist and a co-founder of CNET, so one would assume that he knows what he’s talking about. For the most part he talks about politics, and goes to great pains to assure us that he is politically “in the middle”.
We know that he doesn’t like right-wingers. Every other day, he admonishes the Tea Party, conservative bloggers, our Republican congressman, and the newspaper he used to edit, The Union. (Or as Jeff and his friends call it, The Tea Party Express.)
I used to comment over there, but the rhetoric was too one-sided for my tastes and the constant Union-bashing made it difficult, since I was expected to answer for the paper’s sins. (I am an independent contractor and have no say on the paper’s opinions or policies.) I also had the unmitigated gall to question Jeff’s claim to be “in the middle” since the only people he ever criticizes are Republicans. (Don’t take my word for it, go through his archives. The only post critical of a Dem I remember was a crotch shot of Anthony Weiner.) I was called a phony, a hypocrite, and a hitman for Jeff Ackerman, the Union’s publisher/editor.
You’d think as an honest-to-god-middle-of-the-road journalist, Jeff might be compelled to report on something other than the latest Tea Party supporter who stubbed his toe. In his eagerness to tell us that GOP Assemblyman Donnelly forgot that he was packing heat in the airport, did he not notice that Democratic Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi “forgot” to pay for $2500 worth of clothing items at Neiman Marcus, pleaded guilty, and then went back to her job as Chair of the Assembly Business, Professions, and Consumer Protection Committee?
Did he somehow miss the ongoing scandal involving Treasurer Bill Lockyer and his adventurous wife? This is the kind of story journalists salivate over. One comment I read summed it up best…
…The State Treasurer is being blackmailed by an IV drug user who has a sex tape of him doing the deed with the Treasurer’s wife, an Alameda County Supervisor who is thirty years younger. And she won the job with $1 million hubbie dollars given to him for another purpose. The couple was successful in buying the election and keeping it a secret that she was in drug rehab.
Got all that? Then welcome to the train wreck known as California government. And all of it facilitated and made possible by one-party rule.
Now if Lockyer had been a Republican from some backwoods jurisdiction, JP would’ve posted it faster than you could say Mark Meckler. But no, the Big Story of the day is that Jeff saw George Rebane and Paul Emery having lunch. Obviously a conspiracy to destroy local media as we know it.
So the next time Jeff outs someone as being a phony and a hypocrite, it should be when he looks in the mirror.