Over the email Monday night I got an invitation to an “Elections Panel: Issues and Trends” hosted by J.W. August, Managing Editor of Channel 10 News. Channel 10 is an official co-sponsor of this event.
The speakers on the “Expert Panel”? Francine Busby, Democrat candidate for the 50th Congressional District, Steve Freeman, an author of a book that asserts that President Bush stole the 2000 election, Mark Price, a local Republican activist, and Ken Karan, Co-Founder of Psephos and one of the attorneys against Bilbray in Bilbray v. Jacobson. Quite a balanced forum…
It gets better. Who is sponsoring this (besides Channel 10)? Psephos, a left of center election watch organization, PACE, a left of center research center based in Berkeley, www.activistssandiego.org, a “social justice” organization that you’ve got to see to believe, Common Cause, a left of center election advocacy organization, The Peace and Democracy Action Group, the name of which says it all, and our old friend the First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego. Not one neutral or center right organization.
Media is already viewed with a highly jaundiced eye by the public. It’s this kind of event, where media personalities and stations show their cards, that demonstrates the public might just be on to something. This is clearly not a neutral discussion by professionals. This is a gathering of San Diego’s left, under the umbrella of Channel 10, being held at Channel 10, with the participation of Channel 10’s Managing Editor.