Friday, October 20, 2006

Kudos To Herhold For Admitting Bias

Yesterday's article by Scott Herhold deserves a second look. In it, he did a fair job of assessing a number of the key issues that face voters when determining which candidate will best lead San Jose.

But what is also worth recognizing is Herhold's admission of his bias in Reed's favor.

"Full disclosure: I lean toward Reed."

This shouldn't come as much of a surprise to those of us who have followed the election closely. We discussed his baseless attacks against Cindy about a month ago. Our only question is why wasn't this admitted in previous articles? Why wasn't it disclosed last week, for example, when Herhold "covered" Chuck Reed's attack mailer against Chavez? That mailer, of course, happened to be one of the most unfounded attacks on Chavez yet. It featured Cindy and Ron rolling a giant die from downtown's giant monopoly board. The insinuation was that Chavez is pro-gambling --- even though Reed has admitted that he is not aware of any differences between him and his opponent with respect to casinos. What was Herhold's response? Would he provide the same level of scrutiny to Reed's attacks that he applied to Chavez's attacks in September?

Nope. Instead, Herhold merely summarized how the Reed team found the picture of Ron and Cindy. So instead of applying some much-needed questioning of Reed's newest smear campaign, he instead gave it free airplay. He even provided a link to the "incriminating" picture of Ron and Cindy!

Everyone has their biases. We've admitted ours. We give kudos to Herhold for finally disclosing his. Biases and partiality are inexorable consequences of intelligence coupled with observations. The danger comes when journalists wield their enormous amounts of influence and access without disclosing their "angle". Our only question is --- who else at the Merc has some disclosing to do?

Meanwhile, we continue to wait for Phil Yost to step up to the plate and attack line-by-line this mailer like he did to Chavez's well-known letter providing her explanation for her role in Norcal. Maybe we'll get a similar admission from Yost three weeks after the election passes.

Mr. Yost and Mr. Herhold: You cannot in one instance criticize and scrutinize the message of one candidate and then pretend to be laissez-faire when the other returns fire. You can't have it both ways.


At 10:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This site like the chavez campaign is dead. where's the biased writeup of Thursday night's debate I attended?

Reed owns Chavez when the discussion is about real issues. Chavez is out of her element discussing planning, fees, transportation, the arts, etc. Reed showed a smooth delivery, knowledge, and just took Chavez behind the woodshed and beat her good, real good. Chavez is not really an educated woman, so she can't hang with the intellectual power that Reed has.

Obviously the best alternative and the future mayor. Long live Reed! Restore the Pride in '06 babay!

At 3:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love how you describe the Reed piece as an attack when Chavez has been pounding the airwave and our mailboxes with this crap about Reed's reimbursements. Chuck's mailer had nothing to do with gambling it was a comparison of their voting records nothing more. If her record of wasteful spending is considered a hit, I would hate to see what you would call it if Reed supporters lied about her party, who her clients were, her income taxes, etc.

At 11:04 AM, Blogger SanJoseLady said...

Hey Anonymous, you are a GREAT example of what a Reed mayor would look like, same thing over and over without much to offer.

Do you think that maybe you could take the time to post a few non-robotic thoughts once in a while?

Keep on posting as you only help Chavez when people read and see the type of person that is supporting Reed.

At 7:03 PM, Anonymous Not impressed said...

Maybe Chavez supporters should look at their own comments. Pretty rude and condesending. I'm sure Cindy does not want that message getting out to the public.

If Chavez is the best candidate, why bother even insulting Reed supporters. If you are so sure you'll win, calm down and focus on the issues.

At 11:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's been several days and the campaign season is in full gear, and nothing for days on this site. Even the most adent Chavezistas know the end is nigh.

Nice ride all! Restore the Pride (hopefully Chavez will do her part by cleaning up her tired act)!


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