Friday, October 13, 2006

Tracy Press talks turkey to protect Pombo

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!.]


Anonymous Tom Benigno said...

The Tracy Press wants to endorse Pombo. Their rating as a news paper has plummeted. I feel so happy that I had a part in their cut back in circulation,due to their support of Pombo. He really did it to himself. His attitude about answering questions has come back to bite him. The forums that Mc Closkey and I had would have saved Pombo, because he would have known what the issues needed to be answered. The fact he accepted money from Abramoff should have sent a message to everyone. So Tracy Press and the Matthews family you will get the Turkey award for the year. The people have spoken.
I thank the Tracy Press for destroying my campaign,by doing so you have given me the fuel to continue my assault on Pombo and the corrupt Congress.

11:08 AM, October 13, 2006  
Blogger babaloo said...

Hank Shaw has picked up this story over at his blog:

"Now I normally don't like to trash my brothers and sisters in the Fourth Estate, but I'll break the "code of silence" for today's editorial in the Tracy Press..."

12:10 PM, October 13, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its not just Robert. Its Jack Eddy (voice editor) Too. The TP is "pimpin for pombo" again.

Tracy Press:
(209) 835-3030

Jack Eddy Voice Editor (209) 830-4233

12:39 PM, October 13, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't Assemblywoman Barbara Mathews co-owner of the Tracy Mess? Or Am I mistaken? If so, this sucks. Once Pombo is out we need to continue to work to make this a deep blue region.

4:25 PM, October 13, 2006  
Anonymous Tom Benigno said...

Yes Barbara has her hands all over the towns resources. I can tell many things about Babs. Right now I want to stay focused on electing Mc Nerney.

I'll get back to you.

Tom Benigno

7:15 PM, October 13, 2006  

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