The Mercury News is failing to provide any coverage of the sheriff’s race in this county. The first contentious race in years faced by a 4 term incumbent and they have gone silent. They briefly attempted to silence us to some degree as well as if in fear or under the control of the sheriff in some manner.
There are other “media” outlets, but many of them are little more than blogs similar to mine. The Mercury News is a paper that has been in business for years, is part of the fourth branch of government, has a responsibility to it’s readers.
The recommendation was made to me to ask my readers to demand the Mercury News do it’s job and cover the sheriff’s race. You can do this by emailing John Paton, the CEO of Digital First Media, the owners of the Mercury News at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask him to force his newspaper to do their job.
Ted Atlas, forwarded this information as well as the following letter he sent to Mr. Paton. If we all follow up with letters demanding the Mercury News do it job, perhaps we can get some real and fair coverage of this race to the public.
(The blog I promised will be out later today, so stay tuned!)
There is a regular blog at Caseythomas.wordpress.com which skillfully and with supporting documentation articulates the failings of the Sheriff. In the blog of May 5, Thomas revealed that Smith failed to report $2 million of foreclosures on her mandated filing forms. Thomas also points out that the online records of Smith’s recent divorce disappeared in the last two months.
In full disclosure I am working on Jensen’s campaign and the editors did print my letter on Sunday in which I wrote about the grassroots efforts in Jensen’s behalf and Smith’s refusal to appear at any public forum. This letter elicited a chain of comments. Of what should be of concern to you is that the Mercury blocked a comment by Casey Thomas. That unwise decision is now spreading on social media.
Facebook numbers indicate that posts related to Jensen are reaching 155,000 people in Santa Clara County. That is 155,000 people who may draw the conclusion that Laurie Smith has some power to control the leading newspaper in the area and that they are not doing their job to fairly and accurately report the news.
I have to say that I share that belief and as such, I am shocked and disappointed that the newspaper that has been a part of my life has descended to this level. I came of age during Watergate. The Washington Post was not afraid of the President of the United States so I can not understand why the Mercury News is afraid of a sheriff.