Covering the media covering Pombo
What does it take to get the media to ask hard questions? Pombo does not just spin the facts his way with the media, he tells baldfaced lies, and then accuses environmentalists of doing the same. In a recent KTVU TV interview from the fabled Pombo Ranch, Randy Shandobil allowed Pombo to call environmentalists "liars" when they say that he support increased offshore drilling, and then closed the interview so that was the last impression.
Where was the media when Pombo and Jim Gibbons lied about the mining bill last November/December? Only John Krist of the Ventrua Star took him at that time and only the PomboWatch blog provided a blogger's fact checking.
Where was the media when Pombo and Jim Gibbons lied in an official report putting Mercury in Perspective, published by the House Committee on Resources in early 2005? Only columnist Chris Mooney took on this issue, showing up the report's unsound science.
What we should all do is to email or telephone Randy Shandobil and let him know that we expect more of a political journalist than a puff piece of Pomboganda.