Sunday, May 25, 2014 – 03:00 p.m.
We don’t don’t take a much stock in the endorsments and opinions of the local editorial pages.
But one has to wonder about the state of, and reasoning behind, current local political endorsements.
The Inland Empire press has been operating under the rule of pick your horse and stick with them until the bitter end. The mantra has been in-play for decades. But now it would appear the tactic may finally be coming home to roost.
The Sun and Inaland Valley Daily Bulletin
The Sun and Inland Valley Daily Bulletin newspapers has, so far, swollowed its pen on an endorsement for office of San Bernardino County Sheriff. Some two weeks ago, the papers, both part of the Los Angeles News Group, handed incumbent San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael A. Ramos, a glowing endorsement.
But where’s the much anticipated endorsement for appointed Sheriff John McMahon?
With the June Primary Election just eight days off, and counting, the blessing of McMahon’s candidacy is glaringly absent. An endorsement, at this late stage, is pretty much meaningless for direct mail purposes. The delay alone would be a statement in itself.
Come on now Opinion Page Editor Mike Brossart, give McMahon your blessing. Please don’t be afraid. After all, it’s just more fodder to slap you around with later.
It’s hard to believe the newspaper group may have done some soul searching. I know really?
The Riverside Press-Enterprise, now a part of Freedom Communications, handed both Ramos and McMahon, each, its early endorsement. The newspaper also handed a glowing endorsement to incumbent Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach, over his challenger, Senior Deputy District Attorney Michael Hestrin.
An endorsement, which has already blown up in the newspapers face.
Zellerbach, due to his poor judgement, and not-to-mention, possibly looming criminal charges, has lost the endorsement of every sitting police chief in the Riverside County.
Now he stands to lose reelection.
The newspaper has to now be wondering about its other endorsements.
The issues surrounding McMahon, and his operation, appear that they are about to become the gift that just keeps on giving.
No secrets, no excuses here
All the papers involved, without any doubt, know of the shenanigans by the incumbents in question. They will never be able to claim ignorance or indignation.
Not a chance!
The Press-Enterprise has been grudgingly covering the recent scandals involving the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, while their Zellerbach endorsement has already made them a laughingstock!
The Sun and Inland Valley Daily Bulletin newspapers, on the other hand, has been sitting on at least two additional stories with negative implications for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, and, according to newspaper insiders, Editors Frank Pine and Jessica Keating have been routinely killing negative stories about Ramos.
All three newspapers must be wondering what, if anything, is in store for them on the Ramos front.
Only time will tell on that one!
Nevertheless, all the Inland newpapers have somehow forgotten their purpose. That being one of a watchdog over government.
The newspapers are indeed getting what they asked for.