Article Last Updated: 11/17/2005 08:35 AM
'Disservice' to democracy
We were disappointed by the IJ's coverage of the Nov. 8 election.
The IJ breached its reporting duties concerning the anonymous political
attacks on longtime Fairfax Councilman Frank Egger, and the campaigns of
attorney Ford Greene for San Anselmo Town Council and to defeat Tax Measure
In the case of Egger, the IJ barely paid lip service regarding a series
of smears launched against his re-election effort. The IJ failed to publish
the news that the League of Women Voters Campaign Watch Committee issued
an Nov. 3 press release condemning the anonymous "oust Egger"
assaults, and finding that the Attack-Egger campaign anonymously employed
"false and misleading statements" which were an "unfair campaign
The weekly Ross Valley Reporter gave front-page coverage entitled "Dirty
politics in Fairfax," quoting the league's condemnation.
This omission deprived voters of vital information, and could have turned
the razor-tight Fairfax race in Egger's favor - had the electorate only
There were similar omissions in Ford Greene's San Anselmo campaign, another
Because the IJ did not contact Greene on election night for comment,
Greene could not note that his strong stand against the defeated Measure
B tax was a victory. In the words of his campaign, the electorate rejected
a "pension porkfest."
In the IJ's post-election article, San Anselmo officials bemoaned Measure
B's demise and promoted their next taxation initiative. No critics, including
Greene, get a chance to comment, while Greene's rival candidate Ian Roth
is given substantial reference, including quotations.
Is this just lazy, incompetent reporting, or is it intentional?
Without accurate and complete reporting, especially when political campaigns
peak, the IJ does our democracy - and its readers - a serious disservice.
Ford Greene, San Anselmo
Kyle Keilman, San Rafael