Sunday, February 10, 2013 – 11:15 a.m.

It’s really kind of bizarre, and more importantly unprofessional.

The conduct of press conferences related to the manhunt, in the San Bernardino Mountains, in and around Big Bear Lake, for murder suspect Christopher Dorner were out of line.

Comments from San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner John McMahon made particularly on Friday were disappointing to say the least.

The noon news report on Los Angeles-based KFI AM-640 news radio was a prime example. McMahon, rather than strictly addressing the search for murder suspect Dorner, spent more time plugging the Board of Supervisors, Third District Supervisors James Ramos, Congressman Paul Cook, and the Mayor of Big Bear.

I’ve never seen any Southern California Sheriff, or police chief of a major city, make comments like this.

For a minute I thought I was listening to a political fundraiser.

A quote from McMahon: “Congressman Paul Cook, the board of supervisors, and Third District Supervisor James Ramos, support this effort.”


I’m really glad he cleared that up. For a second I thought they might support Dorner instead.

Then the mayor of Big Bear Lake is paraded out to tell listeners that Big Bear, a popular ski resort, is open for business. Don’t worry about the manhunt for an armed murder suspect. The mayor went on to say that most residents up there were armed!

The public service portion of the press conference? We haven’t found Dorner and we have no credible leads.

Maybe whoever’s telling McMahon how to have a press conference should be sent out to hunt for Dorner by themselves.