“Our featured speaker will be Jeff Ackerman, Publisher of The Union,” it reads. “As always, get there early for a good seat. The doors open at 11:30 with lunch serving at noon.”
The Union has been dubbed “The Tea Party Gazette” by some critics in town, citing its “softball” interviews with Mark Meckler and perceived favoritism. The publisher wrote an interview himself titled “Local attorney seeks return to founding principles in government.”
The Union also ran an article (apparently not fact checked) where Stan Meckler incorrectly claimed KVMR “refused” to interview him. KMVR responded by running a photo of Meckler being interviewed last summer by the news director. Whoops.
Neither The Union nor Meckler apologized for the egregious error, however. Neither did George Rebane, an avid tea partier who could have mentioned it during his commentary on KVMR, where he has a platform.
During the speaking engagement in March, I also wonder if the three-part investigation of the Tea Party and Meckler by Mother Jones will be discussed.
Part three, which ran on Wednesday, focuses on Lee Martin, who is identified in some corporate filings as the group’s assistant treasurer. “He’s better known to tea partiers as the husband of Jenny Beth Martin, a cofounder of TPP (along with Meckler),” as the article notes.
The article probes Lee Martin’s past: “He was busted by the IRS several years ago for failing to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in payroll taxes related to a failed business that pushed him into bankruptcy,” it reads, adding, “He also happens to be married to one of the group’s leaders.”
The meeting would be a good opportunity for an open community dialogue about the “pros” and “cons” of the tea party — whose co-founder is based in our county.
But it also could be a good chance for a small-town newspaper publisher to exchange some friendly banter with a favored demographics — and maybe sign up some more subscriptions. Meeting in Nevada City, where the residents vote “blue,” not “red,” helps make the tea party appear more mainstream, too. In my mind, it’s no coincidence.
That’s OK — people can always express their opinions when they vote. We’re a “purple county” now. The victories of Terry Lamphier, Greg Diaz and Tina Vernon are all cases in point. From what I hear some longtime “R’s” are deeply concerned.
The lunch meetings at the Miner’s Foundry also help fill up one of our most picturesque venues, generating some money in town.
You can expect to see our hard right blogging contingent in the corner, cheering on the proceedings.
“The more things change, the more they stay the same.”
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