My Friends

Arrow Up

Arrow Up
Arrow Down
,
  • Wed
    1
  • Thu
    2
  • Fri
    3
  • Sat
    4
  • Sun
    5
  • Mon
    6
  • Tue
    7
John Hargrove Apr 01, 2015 The former SeaWorld orca trainer will sign and discuss his first-hand account of the lives of captive killer whales, Beneath the Surface: Killer Whales, Seaworld, and the Truth Beyond Blackfish. 39 other events on Wednesday, April 1
 
News
Bill would require City Council approval of city-funded nonprofit's decisions
Film
Abderrahmane Sissako’s Oscar-nominated film tops our coverage of movies screening around town
Arts & Culture feature
Rising stars of San Diego's architect-as-developer movement mind the little details
Editorial
District attorney wants to jail people for rapping and posting on Facebook
Canvassed | Art & culture
Ed Decker talks with Jack Tempchin

 

 
Log in to use your Facebook account with
San Diego CityBeat

Login With Facebook Account

Recent Activity on San Diego CityBeat
 
Home / Articles / News / Turds & Blossoms /  Turds & Blossoms: Saldaña's silence
. . . .
Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Turds & Blossoms: Saldaña's silence

CityBeat grades the campaign trail

By Dave Maass
turds .
- Photo by Dave Rolland

The latest installment of CityBeat's election column, Turds & Blossoms, wherein we rate campaigns and candidates and award them turds or blossoms for their latest foibles and triumphs.

Deploring Lori

CityBeat’s gotten used to the silent treatment from politicians—but not from ones with whom we agree on nine out of every 10 positions.

A few weeks ago, we were set to interview progressive sparkplug Lori Saldaña for a feature, just as we had two of her opponents in the Congressional District 52 race, moderate Dem Scott Peters and Tea Partier John Stahl. Then, suddenly, Saldaña handler Joe Kocurek emailed us that she was pulling out because she didn’t like one of our tweets.

Responding to a question about the difference between Peters and Saldaña, editor had tweeted: “The ability to build consensus behind the scenes is the big diff.” How was this a bridge-burner? We posed three questions to Kocurek via email:

Q: What exactly was Saldaña’s problem with Rolland’s tweet?

A: The tweet echoed Peters’ talking points nearly verbatim, confirming Rolland’s bias in favor of Peters.

Q: What adjective would Saldaña use to describe the last-minute cancellation of the interview? Her opponents may use terms like cowardly, retaliatory, over-sensitive, petty, unpredictable or unhinged.

A: Principled.

Q: If elected, will Saldaña cut off the press whenever they tweet something she perceives as critical?

A: No.

We issue 2,400 turds to Saldaña because that was roughly the word count we set aside for her in the paper. We also give Peters’ campaign the chance to pick the last word.

“Foolish,” Peters’ spokesperson MaryAnne Pintar writes via email. “If an editor says something critical, dust yourself off, gather your facts, go plead your case and change his mind. If she can’t even be her own best advocate, how can the voters expect her to be theirs?”

Send nominations to davem@sdcitybeat.com.

Editor's note: The original version of this story referred to Scott Peters as a "Blue Dog Dem." That was changed to the more generic "moderate."





 
 
 
 
 
 
Close
Close
Close