As a strong First Amendment advocate and champion for an independent and free press I think it is important to recognize the great job SR Reporter Chad Sokol and Seattle Times Political reporter Jim Brunner are doing to inform the public about the dangers associated with Christianity.
As many are aware it was Chad Sokol who originally exposed what is referred to by the Mainstream Media as “The Shea Manifesto” even though other reporters passed on the story when the document was widely disseminate long ago.
“Knezovich said he had obtained the document and other materials on a flash drive about six weeks ago.”
“I gave it straight to the FBI,” he said.
One of the individuals who received a lot of press and interviews as a result of Sokol’s story Tanner Rowe, someone who many suspected as being the source for Chad Sokol’s story, others suspected Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich because if his hatred for Mr. Shea. Tanner Rowe publicly denied he was the source for Sokol’s story.
Of course, since a reporter is obligated not to revel their sources we may never know who or what prompted Sokol’s story just prior to the election which unfortunately leads to a lot of speculation, and often unfounded speculation.
No matter where the story originated it is important the tenacity of reporters in getting the word out using every social media platform available is recognized including Twitter and Facebook. The public has every right to know what some apparently believe to be extremist Christian beliefs, and not just the religious beliefs of elected officials but private citizens as well if there is some way to associate those beliefs to the McMorris-Rodgers vs Lisa Brown race all the better.
Here in these Twitter exchanges Chad Sokol and Jim Brunner do a great job of not only of informing the public about Matt Shea and CMR but also former Spokane County Deputy Sheriff Jonathan Hansen.
So far just one little miss-identification bump along the way, but other than that a good job of getting their word out.
Another great thing about Twitter posts is that they help the public keep track of the money folks are requesting back after they have been contacted by the media and apparently asked for comment, it is a good barometer of the impact the stories have had on informing the public and the donors, which could end up with some Pulitzer Prizes or other reporting recognition.
According to Chad Sokol’s recent Twitter post the count is now up to “No. 5”, which certainly is evidence of the tenacity he and other media have shown.
Matt Shea describes himself as a Christian, and since an important part of the Christian Faith is bringing joy to others, I would have to believe that Mr. Shea at least takes some solace in all the joy he has brought to our Media Brethren!
I REPORT YOU DECIDE!!!
As many of you know I often receive information from sources including documents that require me to corroborate things through Public Records Requests, such was the case recently when I received information and documents regarding a Human Resources Investigation of Commissioner Al French for inappropriate conduct toward a female Spokane County Employee. The complaint is old and was from 2012 but I still wanted to look into it just to see what it entailed. Obviously I considered that the source wanted the information public because of the upcoming election and I wanted to take a careful look at the actual HR Investigation to see if it was even worth reporting. Unfortunately, Spokane County apparently does not have any records of the HR Investigation even though according to HR Director Tim Hansen an investigation did take place and HR “found no violation of County policy.”
Lets first take a look at some of the documents I received from sources which are imaged below.
You would really have to be a hermit not to know about all the recent media coverage about sexual harassment, inappropriate conduct in the workplace, and the #MeToo movement so the question has to be whether or not the complaint against Commission French back in 2012 was similar to all those that have surfaced that were originally swept under the rug.
One very troubling area in the available documents is that they seem to indicate that former Spokane County CEO Marshall Farnell and former Spokane County Prosecutor Jim Emacio may have tipped Commissioner French regarding the HR Complaint and he showed up at the Pia Kammers HR interview, which would be pretty typical of how these type of complaints were handled in the past and would support all of the recent complaints made by female Detention Staff regarding HR Investigations.
Yesterday I received this letter attached to an email from Toni S. Atwood closing my PRR and providing me with only documents that I had provided to the County which were attached to my PRR.
I of course responded with this email copying all the appropriate players.
In response to my email to Toni Atwood this email exchange to place this morning between Mr. Tim Hansen and myself.
When records of investigations involving misconduct on the part of Public Officials disappear, are swept under the rug, or a legitimate investigation was never conducted it doesn’t do the Public or the Public Official any good!!!
I REPORT YOU DECIDE!!!
In my view not only, those folks that wasted their time to attend the City Council Meeting to tell their stories, but also all of the local Progressive/Liberal Movement (Including the local media) who actually thought that Emergency Ordinance C35681 was an effort on the part of the Progressive members of the City Council to curtail the efforts of the Federal Government to enforce Federal Law.
Here are the facts all of which could have been found in the Advanced City Council Agenda and are readily available in the Current CC Agenda for August 22, 2018. Once you review the facts you can decide for yourself whether or not this was all great theater intended to get out the Progressive/Liberal vote in the upcoming election or a serious attempt to right a perceived wrong.
FACT NUMBER ONE:
The Ordinance was passed as an Emergency Ordinance after all the local ballots were mailed out, even though the extensive taxpayer paid Briefing Paper provided with the Ordinance clearly documents that this perceived problem has been going on for years…so where is the emergency ? To be clear “Briefing Papers” are sales jobs intended to get the CC to vote in a particular way, but of all the “Briefing Papers” I’ve read this one has to be one of the more dynamic sales jobs, and really there wasn’t any need whatsoever to sell six of the seven CC Members.
Lots of folks helped out with the Briefing Paper by providing info, including photos and documents used to sell the Ordinance, including Mr. David Brookbank who along with other activist involvement manages the Socialist Alternative Spokane Facebook Page and spoke during the CC Meeting.
One of the other speakers at the CC Meeting who helped out with the Briefing Paper was the Latinx Activist who coordinated “know your rights” efforts at the Intermodal center, Jennyfer Mesa. Jennyfer is also the Jennyfer Mesa, Lead organizer for I-1631 in Congressional District 5 which is on your ballot.
If you are interested in I-1631 you might want to attend this event before you mark your ballot.
I don’t have the least bit of problem with “Activism”, but seriously wouldn’t the “Emergency” have been back in May when all the Activists were upset about the increased Border Patrol presence in the Spokane area, or was this just a timing strategy? I have a hard time believing that it took years and months to put this Ordinance together.
FACT NUMBER TWO
Despite the fact that according to the ACLU along with them groups that advocated for the law, included: Center for Justice, Crimson Group, Global Neighborhood, Greater Spokane Progress, Latinos en Spokane, Mujeres in Action, Spokane NAACP, OneAmerica, Peace & Justice Action League of Spokane, Raiz, Pride Foundation, Spokane Community Against Racism, Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane, and Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network, all of whom have an almost overwhelming number of lawyers amongst them, how on God’s green earth could they have missed the FACT that the CC made it impossible for the Ordinance to work under the current Mayor who without question would take the steps necessary to formally give his permission for ICE and the Border Patrol to continue their work. Does that make any kind of sense at all to all you Activists out there who were led to believe that all the theatrics was real?
The only thing I can think of is that local Progressives/Liberals are confident that Council President Stuckart will be the next Mayor of the City of Spokane, and he of course would not grant the Mayoral Permission for the Feds to continue their work which would without question result in expensive litigation and other big problems…a bit risky if you ask me.
If Mayor Condon’s press release from yesterday doesn’t give you a clue as to what he will do…there isn’t much hope for you!
AS AN ASIDE
One of the great things for someone like me is to watch all the theatrics involved in these type of things. You can always count on Alfredo Fidel Llamedo the “Activist” who turned 59 this June to put on a show, this time by ripping up his Certificate of Citizenship.
Here you go Al…it is only $555.00 to replace it.
I also enjoy watching how young short on life experience reporters handle their reporting of the theatrics!
Clearly Inlander Reporter Daniel Walters being young and I’m sure with a perfect anal canal doesn’t understand that Mr. Fagan was standing and grimacing not because of anything to do with the Ordinance or testimony but simply do to the pain associated with an affliction older folks sometimes develop when their anal canal isn’t perfect, and they find themselves with thrombosed hemorrhoids, or to be blunt a pain in the ass 😊
I can’t wait for frequent Conservative Critic and SR Columnist Shawn Vestal to do his column on all the theatrics and can’t help but wonder if he will wait and do the Column when Conservative Mayor Condon officially says… “Come on in you Federal Gals and Guys!”