Blogging ethics 101 for Barry Pruett and the local extreme right

Going to the extreme right blogs in our community is like going to the bar in Star Wars. I touched a nerve with Barry Pruett in pointing out the infighting among GOP leaders in Placer and Nevada County (a matter of much political press), so he resorted to his usual personal attack.

When I posted links to stories that showed this, he promptly erased my comment (like Pravda). Here are the links:

“Park Brothers handiwork continued”

“Is Tom McClintock OK with this”

“Extremist politics will be our ruin”

The GOP leadership in Placer and Nevada County airs their “dirty laundry” on the internet, and then shoots the messenger for writing about it. The infighting among GOP leaders in both counties has gone on for years.

In my view, a lot of this latest round has to do with Tom McClintock’s lack of leadership in his district. His “my way or the highway” hard right rhetoric has divided, not united, us, including moderate Republicans.

In reality, he is supposed to be representing a small rural district, not seeking a national spotlight by lecturing Mexico’s leader and the like. Many moderates find his rigid ideology counter-productive, as has been documented here repeatedly.

Barry’s wife works for Tom, so I guess it touches a nerve with him too. (Does this means Barry indirectly receives government benefits? LOL.) In reality, nobody really listens to Barry since he lost every precinct in the county clerk-recorder’s race, but it’s important to call out his blogging ethics, since he fancies himself as a local GOP “spokesman.”

In his second term, I hope Tom learns to tone down his rhetoric and spend more time with all of his constituents, not just his like minded ones.

While the GOP leadership in both counties is putting on a “brave face” of unity, there are quiet discussions of finding a more moderate Republican to run against Tom in 2012, according to my sources.

Tom lost some precincts in our county and the total of his two opponents — Clint Curtis and Ben Emery — made his margin of victory much narrower than Barry and his friends would have you believe.

About jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.
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3 Responses to Blogging ethics 101 for Barry Pruett and the local extreme right

  1. jeffpelline says:

    Barry contends my post wound up in his “spam filter.” But that doesn’t explain why it briefly appeared on his site.
    -Jeff

  2. Ben Emery says:

    Actually Michael Babich ran against Mr McClintock in the primary and get this, he actually lives and works in the CA 4th. If I were a republican, Mr Babich would of received my vote.

  3. Aaron F Park says:

    Jeff – interestingly enough, Ken Campbell offers zero proof that any of the stuff he says I wrote – I wrote.

    Don’t you think I deserve some due process? Doesn’t it give you pause?

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