Well dear readers the Press Enterprise that we have more appropriately renamed the Press Enquirer really doesn't like the fact that weblogs like Inside Riverside are questioning the bias and the accuracy of its so-called reporting. Obviously having read our piece labeling it a "LOSER" in the Riverside City Council elections, the Press Enquirer has decided to take those of us fighting for real and responsible journalism to task. Fine with us here at Inside Riverside. We welcome the opportunity to expose this paper for the tabloid rag it has become.
The Press Enquirer lectures everyone in it's editorial today stating:
The shift to a runoff election campaign gives Riverside City Council candidates the opportunity -- and responsibility -- to focus more closely on the issues that matter to voters. Voters need serious, specific discussions of matters ranging from better streets to the council's relations with the public.
The personal smears, the political hit pieces and the Internet vitriol all have to go, in favor of substantive debate. And that discussion should be directly with voters, not through attack mailers or anonymous Web postings.
This so-called editorial proves beyond a reasonable doubt dear readers that the Press Enterprise/Enquirer never covered the Riverside City Council Elections. If they had they would have realized there was a substantive debate taking place. It was that debate that led to no incumbent getting 50% of the vote, including Riverside's own wannabe dictator to be Dom Betro. But the Press Enquirer couldn't report on that out of fear that Il Betro would be defeated, so instead they harassed Letitia Pepper (who granted probably had it coming) and created this idea that negative campaigns abounded in Riverside, when this couldn't be further from the truth.
The truth however is something Press Enquirer doesn't like. It's like the responsibility it wants everyone to have, while shirking its own.
That's why it didn't report fully on Sheriff Bob Doyle handing out badges to his contributors, nor followed up on the fact that he's never recalled any of those badges despite telling the paper he would.
It's why they ran interference for Republican Congressman Ken Calvert who bought property in the County, used pork barrel earmarks in the federal budget to raise the value of that those properties, then sell them at a substantial profit.
It's also why they won't give you the full story about Riverside's Assistant City Manager Tom DeSantis and how his run in with the law for brandishing a pistol at a citizen has been covered up.
All three of these scoundrels have abused the powers of their offices and should be removed. But the Press Enterprise/Enquirer likes them, so they stay quiet instead of fulfill their duty, which is to go after every public official to keep them honest.
They say that's why good people don't run for office, because they don't want to be drug through the mud. Not true. When the press does its job and keeps and eye on elected and appointed officials and how they conduct themselves, it discourages bad people who work hard to appear good from running. Which is exactly as it should be. When the press fails to investigate and question those running our government, you allow a situation like we have in Washington DC now where the foxes are in charge of the hen house.
Rather than changing course and fixing the problem, what is the Press Enquirer's response? Attack those that are standing in the gap and doing the job it should be doing. They don't like our edginess, and even more they don't like the fact that we publish our articles anonymously to protect ourselves and our sources from retaliation, either physically or in the work place. And there is precedent for this, that the Press Enquirer would be mindful to recall.
When the Constitution of the United States was being ratified --- James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay --- published a series of arguments supporting the Constitution. These articles are now known as the Federalist Papers and today we know the authors. At the time they were published anonymously under the name Publius. How dare they ?!?! The Press Enquirer would editorialize today.
According to the Press Enquirer, such behavior is wrong and immoral. Well, if a President of the United States, our nation's first Secretary of the Treasury, and the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court deemed it appropriate to write anonymously for the greater good of the nation, we here at Inside Riverside will side with these founding fathers over a liberal tabloid newspaper that calls itself the Press Enterprise.
When you look at how many subscribers the Press Enterprise is losing every year, its obvious that we, the new guardians of Free Speech, will find ourselves on the right side of history in the next generation.