The Union’s omission that clerk-recorder candidate Barry Pruitt represented AtPac in a bid for a county contract, the same company that is now suing his opponent in the race Greg Diaz, is sad in its own right. It shows the lack of editorial oversight at our community newspaper under the current Editor.
Equally sad are some of the comments on The Union’s website under the story. If the bar got any lower, we’d have to do the limbo.
-Martin Light, the longtime CABPRO guy, doesn’t even know when the election is being held. He thinks it’s in November; in fact, it’s in June.
-Another dude “T3″ argues it’s probably the best The Union could do under deadline. Really? Papers are supposed to have editors with institutional knowledge – or ones who aren’t overtly biased, in this case, a Tea Party Patriot supporter just like Barry.
Not only that, but Google is the best crutch any paper could have in this day and age. If you type AtPac and Barry Pruett, you find the minutes of the supervisor meeting where he spoke as a representative of the firm. That’s not exactly Woodward-Bernstein journalism.
In addition, there was no comment from Greg. Why not? The paper already was three days late with the story, because the suit was filed on Wednesday. It could have waited.
In short, this is bush-league journalism. This is the same paper that took three days to report allegations of a Brown Act violation at a public meeting.
-Then in the cheapest shot of all some guy named “dittoman” mentions that Greg’s daughter works at the paper and alleges she is responsible for what letters and Other Voices run in the paper. “The fox guarding the henhouse,” he claims. Not only is this false, it also has nothing to do with the matter.
Any reasonable person would have to wonder about the timing of this lawsuit that named Diaz, not just the county. Why wasn’t the suit filed soon after AtPac lost the bid? The county attorney said he was surprised, too, noting that discussions about any concerns were ongoing.
You can spin it however you want, but you’d have to be awfully gulible not to wonder. It’s a newspaper’s job to raise these kind of issues.