Santa Barbara Politics, Media & Culture

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Community Post: TKA Bias in Not Checking Council Candidate Facts?

Got this from an avid reader and found it interesting considering our discussions on bias of late...

=====Community Post============
In an editorial this morning, Travis Armstrong urged voters to support the challengers to the City Council incumbents and lists the names of eight challengers at the end of his editorial. Indeed, his list includes all who took out papers and filed to run, but he apparently didn’t check his facts! Two of those he listed are not viable and official candidates because their petitions lacked enough signatures to qualify for the ballot (Cruzito Herrera Cruz and Nicholas M. Sebastian).

While editorial writers are entitled to their bias (and he sure has some strong feelings about the three incumbents), he still has an obligation to get his facts straight. His bias against all things related to the City prevented him from checking with the City Clerk’s office on who would be listed on the ballot. They had this information by Tuesday or Wednesday.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is an endorsement to re-elect the current council as far as I'm concerned. If for no other reason than to spite TA.

8/19/2007 4:39 PM  
Anonymous reading by foraging in recyclinig bin said...

Travisty has been too busy this week giving hand signals to Steepleon, so no time to check actual facts.

The City Clerk office had that final list available last Wednesday morning, and the Independent published a big article on Thursday, clearly citing all 9 Candidates on the list.

Also, what was that Blankenship letter all about? Was he referring to an agenda from some other city council and month?

8/19/2007 6:33 PM  
Anonymous kiss of death said...

Getting it wrong is Travis' strong suit. Remember, he was driving the WRONG way down a one way street when he got arrested!

If Travis can't even get something as simple and easy to verify as the correct list of candidates running for city council, well, he's lost his credibility. (folks, that was a joke. He has no credibility.) His attack today on the three councilmembers running for re-election was almost funny it was so pathetic. He pretends that he speaks for some huge majority of citizens. His endorsement of "anyone except the incumbents" is the kiss of death for the challengers.

8/19/2007 9:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well I tried to hack the NP to get around the "pay to read website" to translate the Blanekship letter but failed....Eventurally being directed to a TV website where I encountered a video featuring Linda Distenfield's client's promoting her public relations (manipultions busisness) store commercial.

Ms. Distenfield's generous support for pro-chamber candidates such as Harriet Miller era politicans several years is the reason why I detest our City's supposed represenational system.

Regardless, Distenfields News Press commercial once again proves to me the point that business owners don't care about much except their own "growth" and pocketbook?

BTW anything that Distenfield can do for your business or church can be done from any old PC or Mac right from you home if you weren't too busy playing golf or attendeding a stupid mixer....and probably for a lot less.

8/19/2007 10:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lack of fact checking in this case is not bias. If you don't know what bias is, good thing you are not writing for the NewsPress.

Poor TA is afterall spending a lot of time in the courtroom these days so his mistake here with an inaccurate final list of city council candidates was harmless inadvertance, not bias.

8/19/2007 11:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that the use of the word "bias" was intended as "tongue-in-cheek (where did THAT expression come from?) because it appeared that he was unwilling to check facts with the city clerk's office. Anything with the word "city" in it is anathema to him

8/20/2007 9:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it not the county elections office rather than the city clerk office -- or will the city be doing everything, including the filing and the voter name checking as well this city-run cheaper election?

Or did someone show "bias" jumping to the conclusion that TA had a brain blip at the mere thought of dealing with the city, when in fact he would have gotten his accurate verification info from the county?

8/20/2007 10:06 PM  

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