This June, take their Suggestions and do the Opposite

MEDIA | ANALYSIS |The Bay Area News Groups version of political endorsements is here, or, better understood as an editorial staff of one filing out a page on an anti-worker edition of Mad Libs. On Wednesday it somewhat surprisingly passed over Democratic apostate Steve Glazer in favor of Republican Catharine Baker in Contra Costa County’s tough 16th Assembly District.

The money would have been on Glazer taking the endorsement after he continually hit all the requisite anti-worker notes, while creating another catchy tune for the corporate conservative paper to employ—banning union endorsement questionnaires. The taste makers at the San Francisco Chronicle even saw a potential chart topper in that one. But, BANG said it thought long and hard and, instead, picked Baker by a nose over Glazer.

Sbranti, however, is a union hack, the editorial suggested. The more interesting dilemma with Sbranti is questions whether organized labor and its independent expenditure committees will ultimately get what they bargained for in Sbranti. Dublin, the young Tri Valley city Sbranti leads, is hardly known as a bastion of union activity.

And then, there’s Danville Mayor Newell Arnerich. That guy, well, he’s doesn’t understand the severity of the pension problem in the state, opined BANG. It’s the same context this editorial staff of one (Daniel Borenstein) uses on every single candidate who disagrees with the state of employee pension liabilities. Arnerich probably wasn’t too forceful in his views during the editorial meeting. If he was, the next sentence would have been disparaging.

To prove the theory the Bay Area’s corporate newspapers all have their hands on the same cock. Across the bay, the Chronicle is operating on a similarly, but false sense of superiority. The Chronicle’s John Diaz in fact was sitting on his high pony last week when he cried in print about Rep. Mike Honda forcing him to work on Sunday. Diaz’s first-world problems don’t concern us any more than the fact he shops in the boy’s department at J.C. Penney’s.

As in 2012, when the paper had it in for Pete Stark, they are doing the same with Honda. However, it is proving far more difficult with Honda not giving his opponent any free ammunition. The Chronicle’s Carla Marinucci is trying, though. Last week, she reported Honda does not live in the congressional district, hardly a news flash to anybody in the area. In fact, a front page story stating Honda is of Japanese descent would have been more shocking.

And once again, this is the problem with the corporate media and how today they make endorsements based upon scant reporting and knowledge of the area. Neither of these paper have had boots on the ground anywhere in the East Bay for about a decade. What’s their true perspective? It’s more like someone who went on vacation in the Ukraine 10 years ago and found Kiev absolutely delightful in the spring. Meanwhile, without any connection to the place in subsequent years, that same person just assumes the Ukraine today is as safe and harmonious as it was back in 2004. Of course, it’s a whole lot different now.



Categories: AD16, BANG, CA17, Catharine Baker, editorial, endorsements, John Diaz, Mike Honda, moderates, Newell Arnerich, Pete Stark, San Francisco Chronicle, Steve Glazer, Tim Sbranti, Ukraine

60 replies

  1. That guy Branti is bought and paid for by the corrupt special interest union whores. He's the dirty unions choice in 2014!

    Why the hell would anyone put that crooked fox in the hen house? He'll bankrupt CA and give it all away to the union whores, who are supporting him and continue screwing the rest of us.

    That's why my family voted for CLEAN STEVE GLAZER 2014. Steve has done amazing things in his city to bring people together on issues, rather than tear them apart like Branti. That's why Steve is supported by just about all the consumer groups, senior groups, environmental groups, etc.

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  2. Clean is not a name for Glazer. Glazer is not clean at all. Looks like the anti-union sexist troll is posting for the corporate lap dog Glazer again. This doesn't make him sound like a breath of fresh air. Glazer sounds like a dirty politician.

    Steve Glazer is a political consultant who was paid hundreds of thousands of dollars by a corporate interest group funded by tobacco companies, oil companies, real estate developers, pharmaceutical and insurance companies. If elected to to the state legislature Glazer would work to pass laws that benefit them and rubber stamp their issues.

    Tim Sbranti in contrast, is a statewide leader in education, a classroom teacher and effective local leader. Under his fiscal leadership he transformed Dublin from a city suffering from serious budget deficits into a city with a budget surplus, without sacrificing major cuts to community services.

    Hope the Glazer troll doesn't cry when he reads this? Better yet read Tim Sbranti's website and you will see that Tim not your candidate is supported by consumer groups, senior groups, environmental groups like the Sierra Club, etc.

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  3. LIES! LIES! LIES!

    I see the the shill is trying to directly link oil and tobacco companies to Glazer, rather than being paid as a consultant by JobsPAC. If you only would have gone 1-2 degrees further – you could say Glazer tax dollars are paying public unions – which are funding Sbranti's war chest. So you see, oil & tobacco are funding Sbranti's campaign!

    Of course, I don't see any effort to dig into Sbranti's political donation history before he became the unions' darling. If the shill did, he might have mentioned Sbranti's donations from PG&E and 3 donations from Chevron.

    The shill might have even mentioned the disgusting push polling tactics supporters of Sbranti are conducting in AD16 – a race & class baiting tactic straight out of the Republican playbook on how to manipulate low information voters in southern states.

    Now let's see how well that tactic works in AD16 – with Orinda, Lafayette, Moraga, Walnut Creek, Alamo, Danville, Blackhawk, San Ramon, Dublin, Pleasanton and Livermore – the voters are not exactly low-information, and might actually care about where their tax dollars go.

    Oh, and it's only odd that the author did not mention any of this with the assumption the shill himself did in fact write this hit piece and not the Sbranti campaign – which in that case its totally understandable!

    Get ready to cry Tuesday night, union whores, when your stooge goes down to defeat bigtime. Will be CLEAN STEVE GLAZER 2014 v. Catharine Baker. Either way, seat stays in Contra Costa County!

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  4. To the Glazer Shill: What a Liar you are. Corporations have spent over 2 MILLION on trying to elect Glazer!

    Glazer is not clean at all. Looks like the anti-union sexist troll is posting for the corporate lap dog Glazer again. This doesn't make him sound like a breath of fresh air. Glazer sounds like a dirty politician.

    Steve Glazer is a political consultant who was paid hundreds of thousands of dollars by a corporate interest group funded by tobacco companies, oil companies, real estate developers, pharmaceutical and insurance companies. If elected to to the state legislature Glazer would work to pass laws that benefit them and rubber stamp their issues.

    Tim Sbranti in contrast, is a statewide leader in education, a classroom teacher and effective local leader. Under his fiscal leadership he transformed Dublin from a city suffering from serious budget deficits into a city with a budget surplus, without sacrificing major cuts to community services.

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  5. That guy Branti is bought and paid for by the corrupt special interest union whores. He's the dirty unions choice in 2014!

    Why the hell would anyone put that crooked fox in the hen house? He'll bankrupt CA and give it all away to the union whores, who are supporting him and continue screwing the rest of us.

    That's why my family voted for CLEAN STEVE GLAZER 2014. Steve has done amazing things in his city to bring people together on issues, rather than tear them apart like Branti. That's why Steve is supported by just about all the consumer groups, senior groups, environmental groups, etc.

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  6. If you look at Tim Sbranti's website you will see the large number of diverse groups that are endorsing Tim. They are not just unions, but consumers, seniors, environmentalists, youth, women, conservatives, moderates, and independents.

    Your candidate by contrast, has gotten most of his money from corporate interest groups who want to stick it to the middle and lower classes. Looks like Tim is the people's choice in 2014, although your candidate sure has sexist support as proved by your posts.

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  7. We believe that teachers belong in the classroom. To that end, we will be voting for clean STEVE GLAZER 2014. The future assemblyman knows that, too. We all need to send Steve to Sacramento and his opponent back to the classroom, where he belongs.

    Teachers have no business in the capital; that's the place for qualified legislators. Teachers belong in the classroom, implementing the policy that the qualified legislators have passed.

    Let's all do our part by supporting clean STEVE GLAZER 2014! He's the PEOPLE'S CHOICE candidate!

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  8. All I need to know is who the Anti-union sexist Troll is supporting because his candidates are the ones with the toxic shitloads of special interest corporate money, Then I Vote The Opposite!

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  9. I see the the shill is trying to directly link oil and tobacco companies to Glazer, rather than being paid as a consultant by JobsPAC. If you only would have gone 1-2 degrees further – you could say Glazer tax dollars are paying public unions – which are funding Sbranti's war chest. So you see, oil & tobacco are funding Sbranti's campaign!

    Of course, I don't see any effort to dig into Sbranti's political donation history before he became the unions' darling. If the shill did, he might have mentioned Sbranti's donations from PG&E and 3 donations from Chevron.

    The shill might have even mentioned the disgusting push polling tactics supporters of Sbranti are conducting in AD16 – a race & class baiting tactic straight out of the Republican playbook on how to manipulate low information voters in southern states.

    Now let's see how well that tactic works in AD16 – with Orinda, Lafayette, Moraga, Walnut Creek, Alamo, Danville, Blackhawk, San Ramon, Dublin, Pleasanton and Livermore – the voters are not exactly low-information, and might actually care about where their tax dollars go.

    Oh, and it's only odd that the author did not mention any of this with the assumption the shill himself did in fact write this hit piece and not the Sbranti campaign – which in that case its totally understandable!

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  10. I have been getting out the vote and walking for Tim Sbranti for the last 3 days and he will beat the corporate boot licker Glazer for sure. I have talked to hundreds of families that have said that they want a moderate Democrat that can get things done in Sacramento like Joan Buchanan. That's why they are voting, or have voted for Tim.

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