Editor’s note: I’ve declined to comment publicly on this spectacle. But here’s the scoop from Yubanet:
“The Nevada County BOS disbursed funds to promote tourism and economic development in the county at yesterday’s meeting. Four of the five supervisors directed staff to draft a contract with the Regional Chambers of Commerce, effectively handing over $50,000 without a competitive bid. However, the highlight of the meeting, or some would say the low point, was a $20,000 contract for the county’s tourism website maintenance and expansion.
The rest of the article is here.
In journalism, you’re supposed to identify the affiliations of people whenever possible. It’s a common practice to provide needed context for the readers and help expose bias.
So I had to laugh when I read this morning about views being stated by a woman identified merely as “Judi Caler.” Who’s “Judi Caler” anyway? Well, she’s not exactly “neutral.”
Judi Caler is a political activist who co-founded a group called (ROAR) or Reclaiming Our American Rights. “Recently a new organization formed in Nevada County to fight the monster that is Agenda 21: Reclaiming Our American Rights (ROAR!).”
You can read Judi’s perspective here. An excerpt: “We have been strategically attacked with a brilliant scheme, using ‘global warming,’ ‘open space,’ ‘endangered species,’ ‘public safety,’ or whatever works to enlist the support of unsuspecting folks to implement global plans,” Judi writes.
Then I read about “resident” Barry Pruett. Is this the same Barry Pruett who is a vocal tea party activist with his own hard right political blog? Isn’t he the husband of Kim Pruett, who is the staffer for our far right Congressman Tom McClintock? Didn’t he run for clerk recorder and criticize our moderate GOP supervisors?
Why isn’t The Union following the basic rules of journalism in identifying political activists? Is it “neutral” in its reporting and editing?