Prose and cons |

Prose and cons

It seems like every time I open The Union I see a prominent article by Jeff Ackerman using the power of his position as publisher to attack Bruce Conklin. Let’s examine some of his prose:

Conklin “orchestrated the transfer of more than a half-million dollars of your money…”

Conklin’s “longtime pal…”

“Conklin is very good at spending other people’s money. He’s practically made a career of it.”

“…The pot of money Conklin fed from…”

Conklin’s “pet project”

“…Regular people who don’t hang out in Conklin’s political social circles because they’re too busy raising a family…”

“Pal”? “Pot of money”? Is this a dispassionate examination of facts? Does it sound like impartial journalism, or a political campaign hit piece? Why is so much effort spent belittling Mr. Conklin, rather than impartially discussing the purported issue? Why is he pumping us with less than subtle linguistic cues designed to erode respect for Mr. Conklin?

Could it be that Mr. Ackerman is a far-right conservative Republican who doesn’t want any more political moderates on the Board of Supervisors? It’s time for him to quit hiding behind the pretense of investigative journalism, and come clean about his real motives.

R. Owen Barnes

Nevada City

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