Thursday, November 1, 2007

Too Many Dots, Too Easy to Connect

Fox6 just did a story on the proposed budget cuts in Chula Vista. The tax "advocate" they chose to interview was none other than Carl DeMaio. Carl's contribution was limited, as he spoke mostly about Chula Vista's new city hall and the lack of budget cuts there.

I'd like to know how Carl is an expert in Chula Vista's budget, and why he was chosen to be interviewed. He is no longer the head of the Performance Institute. He's a City Council candidate in San Diego, not Chula Vista. If Fox was looking for someone who wants to "reform" government in San Diego County, I would think they could have found plenty of more qualified/appropriate people to interview.

I hate to be a conspiracy theorist, but this does seem kind of odd, especially coming from the local Fox affiliate.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Actually, Fox probably wanted an expert in Municipal Finance to look at the budget and comment. In all seriousness, Carl does have national credibility on these issue--whether you agree with his proposals or not. He's worked with Democrats and Republicans on this stuff, so it's not much of a stretch.

BTW: Carl is still working at PI as the Founder and Chairman. And when i googled i found this interesting thing...

http://www.governmentperformance.org/

Anonymous said...

Oops wrong link, it was this...

http://www.governmentperformance.org/note.asp

blue in the face said...

Whether he is an expert or not, he is a candidate. Did they ask Mitz Lee to appear as well? Seems to me like the ethical thing to do would be to provide equal time to his opponents.

Anonymous said...

Great - he is an "expert" on municipal finance? Why was his report about SD finances based on bad numbers and wwhat was described as "fuzzy math".

Anonymous said...

Bad numbers? Are you JOKING me?!? Unless you drank Dick Murphy's cool-aid, his numbers actually proved to be the most reliable of all. Seriously, check your facts buddy! or is it all just spin?

Anthony Saavedra said...

I don't care if he is the most qualified person to speak on the topic. That doesn't change the fact that he is a candidate for office.

Either Fox6 didn't know he is running, or they didn't care about equal time. Either way it seems rather irresponsible journalism.

Anthony Saavedra said...

I don't care if he is the most qualified person to speak on the topic. That doesn't change the fact that he is a candidate for office.

Either Fox6 didn't know he is running, or they didn't care about equal time. Either way it seems rather irresponsible journalism.

Follow da money said...

Which Performance Institute was sold? California Secretary of State’s online records show two companies with that name, both owned by Carl DeMaio. One was established 6/25/85 (Corp #C1343402) has been listed as “suspended” for several months. Another Performance Institute was just registered 8/21/07 (Corp #C2992000), about a month before the company was supposedly sold. Why the change? Why was it suspended in the first place?