- “Progressive wing of San Francisco’s Democratic Party”
Chuck should just use the terms left of center and right of center, but he doesn’t and here’s why this is a problem. It’s ’cause, especially lately, people in the more dominant “wing,” what he calls the moderates, self-identify as progressive.
2. “The beginning of a Golden Age of politics for the far left”
So see how that works? What he should call the left he calls the far left because he’s not part of it – instead he’s a member of the dominant political faction. Also, this is what you call a straw dog. Who was promising a golden age for the far left? Exactly nobody.
3. “Tenderloin Housing Clinic Director Randy Shaw”
Oh that guy – here’s the link that Chuck et. al. can’t see clear to link to. Of course Randy Shaw, cited positively by Chuck, inconveniently defines what Chuck would call a moderate as a progressive. “Every time I update this race between two progressive candidates (Josh Arce and Hillary Ronen)…” See?
4. “Julie Christensen”
So Chuck literally went on the campaign trail for this woman, and she lost, badly. Hey Chuck, perhaps you yourself “overreached?” (Last year, he seemed a lot more optimistic about her chances.)
5. “Tea-leaf readers”
No identification, yet another straw dog to slay.
6. “Lee’s poll numbers fell”
Yes, but well before the Super Bowl corporate party. A fact checker could have checked this. It’s checkable, right?
7. “The left reminded everyone…”
Once again, not identified.
8. “Progressive hold on the Board of Supervisors is no sure thing.”
Gee, did anybody say that the slim majority was a “sure thing,” either before or after the recent election? No, not at all.
Anyway, Donald Trump tweets his thoughts just as CWNevius published his thoughts in the Chronicle / SFGate. But there’s not too much of a solid connection to reality for either I’m afraid. Moving on…
9. “A deep bench of vibrant new talent…”
Is this journalism, applying this to Gavin? And just as Marge Simpson got the recipe for her special fruit punch from the Fruit Punch Advisory Board…
…Chuck simply adds sugar, water, and ice to whatever he gets from the Gavin Newsom Advisory Board. Bravo, Chuck. Bravo.
10. “A few off-putting characteristics of the early Newsom”
Uh, was this a complete listing, ’cause I think a lot of stuff was left out there. I mean not just this.
But other stuff too.
It goes on and on.
And on and on. For some reason, Chuck used his MSM platform to rewrite history, oh well. I guess he was doing a favor for somebody. (Wonder how he’ll get repaid.)
11. “I have to put in a plug for..”
What is this, a press release? Sure seems that way.
12. “Newsom has always been a policy wonk.”
Uh, nope. Also checkable. Moving on…
13. “The Chronicle sent me all over the world to cover eight Olympic Games, 10 Super Bowls and other major sports events.”
I think this is the major problem – it’s having a died-in-the-wool sports reporter covering politics.
14. “When people ask why I am leaving…”
Not “retiring,” huh? I’m sure he can find some other way to make money and pass the time. Mmmm, I wonder who could help him with that…
Oh wait, here’s another one:
15. “Mayor Ed Lee, who didn’t want the job in the first place.”
Is this really true? If he didn’t want the job, then why did he take it? If the plan was that he’d be an “interim” Mayor, then why did he lie about it and stay on? (He was appointed Mayor because Gavin Newsom decided he wouldn’t leave town to start his new gig on the date what’s burned into our constitution, oh well.) Anyway, take a look at the first Gavin video above to see how an access journalist* like Chuck gets born. The sucking up gets going fast and furious, and sometimes things you used to mock become oh so wonderful.
16. “I came here in 1980…”
Well, actually he came here in 2010 – spent most of his time, a couple decades or so, far off in an east bay bedroom community, NTTAWWT. But that’s prolly where he’d be more, uh, comfortable.
17. “He’s not such a bad guy…”
Totally not the issue. You just should have fucking done your job better, that’s all. You know, after you were done with the sports.
Almost finished here, like forever, just one more:
18. “Routinely championing the underdog”
Strong disagree about applying this to Chuck here. (An “underdog,” like Mario Woods, for example?)
19. “Provoke and inspire”
Oh, this was Chuck’s mission statement, to troll Frisco? News to me. But perhaps not surprising. And “inspire,” what?
20 (BONUS!). “His book ‘The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA and the Rise of America’s Secret Government’ was a New York Times bestseller.”
Wow, man, this is what David Talbot is doing lately? Well that’s different. Let’s hope he keeps his column local and steers clear of national topics, cause this JFK-conspiracy/cover up-leads-directly-to-President-Trump a little out there. (IRL, Oswald had a thing about shooting at authority figures, like General Walker, and with the same rifle JFK, and then with a handgun Officer Tippit, all in 1963, all by his lonesome. This is true whether one writes a book about the CIA or RFK, or not.)
But that’s another can of worms.
Anyway, I’m thinking most of the big errors in the Chronicle came from CW Nevius, so if he’s happy leaving this seems like a win-win.
P.S. Sometimes the transit cops keep working even though it’s dinner time, so let’s try to pay for _all_ our MUNI fares in future, even if we consider ourselves big shots, OK? ‘Cause this isn’t a good look.
*And it’s not just that. He’d then go to mindlessly cheer lead for whomever was feeding him tidbits of news. So, writing from Walnut Creek, CA or wherever he’s all, “Holding the America’s Cup race in San Francisco is a wonderful opportunity without a downside. It is a win-win that will bring cargo bags of cash to the Bay Area and revitalize the southern waterfront.” And the plan back then was to have an America’s Cup here every three or four years. But after the inevitable “downsides” came along one after the other, SFGov decided it didn’t want to play ball with Larry Ellison after all. And who was slavishly following along for a good half-decade? One CW Nevius. And then, after Larry Ellison “abandoned” us, we got this last year:
“#rubbingitin Can’t confirm this is Larry Ellison’s boat but if so kinda rude to fly Bermuda flag. Site of next Am Cup”
So it goes from here-just-take-our-land-with-99-year-leases, Larry to Larry-does-everything-wrong. But Larry wasn’t being “kinda rude” as that’s not his yacht, and that’s not the “Bermuda flag,” and even if it was you can’t just jump to conclusions / read into things like this. Sorry Chuck. (It’s actually a great thing that Larry took his little boat race Someplace Else – let’s focus on the positives, m’kay?)