In an outrageous attempt to protect their "hometown boy" Richard Pombo, the Tracy Press editors (most likely Robert Matthews or Jack Eddy) claim that Thanksgiving Day in 1996 was November 21, when it is a well-known, established fact that Thanksgiving was actually a week later on November 28th! Here is an "editor" in such a foaming-at-the-mouth rush to protect Pombo that he does not even bother to check his own facts. The editorial says:
On Nov. 21 of that same year, Congress was not in session because it was Thanksgiving Day. Presumably, Pombo was home with his family for the holiday. If Abramoff called his D.C. office, no one answered.
Will this campaign season controversy come down to whether 10 years ago Pombo carved the Thanksgiving turkey at home with his family or was feasting with Abramoff at the lobbyist’s infamous Signatures restaurant in Washington It’s that ridiculous.
Those of us in the "reality-based world" can easily look it up on Google, or do a simple calculation (4th Thursday in November) to get the REAL DATE. Here is a CNN story about Thanksgiving 1996, came up on first page of Google search, or Pres. Clinton's Official Proclamation. But an editor of the paper can't do this one minute operation? What a disgrace not only to the Tracy Press, but to the journalism profession in general. The owner should fire this guy for this. Oh, oops, he is the owner. Well, I guess maybe he is angling for a job at Fox News or on Pombos' PR staff.
The reason this date is important is because the "editor" claims Jack Abramoff could not have contacted Pombo on that date -- as detailed in Abramoff's billing records -- because Pombo was busy at home carving a turkey. A recent AP story showed that Abramoff had billed the Northern Marianas government for a Nov. 21, 1996, call to Pombo. The Tracy "I love Richard" Press editor is in such a fever to defend Pombo, he tries to distort reality to say Nov. 21 was Thanksgiving Day, when any less rabidly partisan person could easily find out it was a week later.
Seems like the Tracy Press is the turkey here. It's that ridiculous.
[Note: The Tracy Press updated its editorial online late yesterday (Friday) in the face of criticism from blogs such as this one and emails from irate readers. The content of the editorial is still widely in favor of Pombo's bogus accounting of the Abramoff lobbying, but at least now we don't have to take up a collection to buy the Tracy Press a calendar!.]