Anthony Brown Playing in the Dirt
We love election night parties. The exuberance, the fatalism, the cheese cubes. We even enjoyed getting tossed out of the Holiday Inn’s Mediterranean Room banquet hall by a man who claimed to be Cindy Chavez‘s campaign manager, Justin Schall. “This is a private party,” he explained with postal rage. (Was it something we wrote?) When we returned and sidled up to our attractive blonde armed bodyguard, a well-known elected law enforcement official, the hothead relented but threatened, “You and me are going to have a lot of fun in this town for a long time.” This may go down as one of the only cases in local election history that a working member of the local press was unceremoniously plucked from a media event filled with TV cameras because the publication failed to write nice things about a campaign that refused to talk.
Disturbed by the friendly content being given to their chief rival in the upcoming Maryland democratic primary for Governor, Attorney General Doug Gansler; a senior member of the Brown campaign reached out to DMVDaily to express their dismay in what they described as ‘slanted coverage that didn’t warrant the title of true journalism’.
Yet, when the citizen journalism site expressed their sincere attempt at providing the same coverage for their candidate, they were rebuffed our attempt with the firm statement that “the Brown campaign doesn’t acknowledge or respond to bloggers”.
When one frequent victim of San Jose Revealed’s particularly vicious attacks asked Chavez for help in removing a map to his residence that had been posted to the site, Chavez asked a number of questions about San Jose Inside’s ownership structure. The information shared with Chavez appeared on San Jose Revealed a few days later, in the June 9, 2008 post “Who Owns San Jose Inside?”
After the map was published by Revealed, the home’s owner, falsely accused of making money through pornography, became the victim of a hate crime that involved property destruction and swastika graffiti.
It wasn’t the first time San Jose Revealed turned politics personal. The site published a map to deputy district attorney David Pandori’s home. (Pandori has a family and prosecutes gangs for a living.) It made an issue out of McEnery’s daughter’s late payment of a garbage bill. And in 2007 it breathlessly posted the Match.com dating profile of District 6 councilman Pierluigi Oliverio.