Real journalists not employed in HallsBrian Hornback posted yesterday about an innaccurate story in the Halls Shopper, in which a biased writer (who admitted to Brian that she didn't like him) published a bold-faced lie-that he
"spent the weekend boasting that he will be rewarded with the plum political office of his choice."
The writer of the piece is one Betty Bean (you have to wonder if that is her real name) who falsely asserted that County Mayor Mike Ragsdale would decide who our Commission candidates were and that he had promised Brian Hornback the office of his choice.
Now I am naturally skeptical of government in general and of incumbents in particular, but I seriously doubt that Mayor Ragsdale is conspiring to reward Brian with an office. Being involved in public service is not a picnic-largely because of people with vendettas like Ms. Bean. If Brian Hornback were to run for a Commission seat, I'd be glad to vote for him because he is, I believe, a person of integrity, whether Mayor Ragsdale chose him or not.
If Ms. Bean is familiar with how political parties work, she would know that Mayor Ragsdale cannot arbitrarily choose candidates. In a situation such as we have this year, some delegates support Mayor Ragsdale, while some support Steve Hall. While briefly a candidate, I was actively calling and campaigning to delegates for their support.
It is one thing for the media to make false accusations. It is yet another thing for the press to make false accusations that are based in complete ignorance and stupidity about how political parties work. Real journalists actually do research. Ms. Bean might try this method sometime.