The Daily Herald comes clean

The Daily Herald comes clean

Wonder of wonder, miracle of miracles, or OMG as the youngsters might text. Severely stung by my withering and relentless criticism, the paper that thinks they can get by without an opinion columnist or ever taking a stance on anything, finally came clean.
After doing their damndest to make Drew Frasz’ 18th District County Board opponent appear to be a credible candidate, the Daily Herald and reporter Lenore Adkins finally took “pinup” Kerri Branson to task for her failure to show up for as much as one county board meeting. 
They even stipulated as to exactly what Branson said at her endorsement hearing, “I don’t plan on going to meetings until I’m needed to go. My time will be freed up by the end of the year when we actually have (her business) open.”
It’s not that they necessarily needed to call her out on it, but for a major newspaper to make her appear to be serious when they knew damn well what she said in their very office is about as close to unconscionable as it gets. But let’s not hold a grudge. Since they set the record straight, we’ll forgive (but we certainly won’t forget).
Of course, Branson’s response to this kerfuffle was that, as the DH put it, she “wants to start fresh without being swayed by what she sees at the meetings.” She added she’s been hitting the county website, readin’ the meeting minutes, and following the news reports.
I’m guessing no one told her about all those committee and subcommittee meetings either. Though I do have to say, anyone with the cohones to put that kind of spin on such a silly statement might just turn out be a reasonable politician after all.
Ain’t that a little like reading up on baseball and immediately trying to go out and hit a Carlos Marmol slider? Just getting used to those 24 county board personalities can take a year. And that’s only if you can get past how annoying some of ’em are.
So following Ms. Branson’s logic, here’s my advice to all you kids taking driver’s ed out there. Forget about that whole permit thing or actually driving a car. Just read up on the rules of the road, read your vehicle’s instruction manual, and review Randall Road on Google Earth. Then hit that street during rush hour.
I’m sure you’ll do just fine.
Alas, now I’m starting to wish Ms. Branson actually had a shot. She would’ve provided good material for years to come.

2 thoughts on “The Daily Herald comes clean

  1. Dear Mr. Ward,
    I would like to thank you for your prolific scrutiny and press you have given my campaign these past 2 weeks. Without columnists like you, mortals like me would continue to be unknowns. I appreciate you giving me the extra time and creating interest among our community to let the public know there is another person out there who is worth investigating.
    Though we may not see eye to eye, and I know your logic does not match mine (in the least bit), I have enjoyed reading your articles and have found most of them very informative. You are a master at what you do and that has to be admired. Your swagger on the subjects you write about keeps your audiences captured and well informed.
    I hope to catch up with you at a board meeting some day… cheers. ~Kerri Branson

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