For two years, I secretly wrote and published a book about CalCoastNews called “Defamers: How Fake News Terrorized a Community and Those Who Dared to Fight It.”
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo has garnered national attention for a number of controversies. What do recent headlines tell us about the university’s collective…
Regardless of who wins the District 4 race, we know one thing for sure: Lynn Compton supports voter suppression. The egregiousness is further compounded by the fact she tapped our local ACLU chair to make that suppression happen.
What’s happening in SLO County is a microcosm of the conspiracy theory-thinking that’s pervaded our political discourse nationally.
It’s mind-boggling that a political candidate like Lynn Compton would want to be associated with CalCoastNews, a website now widely recognized for manipulating the public. If Compton financially supports the manipulative, delusional politics of Karen Velie, what does that truly say about her moral compass?
Candidates with integrity won’t stoop to underhanded and illegal tactics. They certainly shouldn’t be silent, especially when these allegations and propaganda are so prevalent in our political discourse. Voter frustration and anger are commonplace in political campaigns, but well-organized character assassinations should be addressed, condemned and corrected. If it’s not addressed, this type of mudslinging will become the new norm in SLO County politics, and voters will be unable to cut through the incessant, hyperbolic noise.
If you are interested in bringing back the idea of a fake news panel, please allow me to participate and set the truth free for my sake and everyone else’s. It’s time to bring integrity back to Cal Poly Journalism Dept. by discussing a fake news site their faculty helped enable.
Until they act like grown-ups, wear a suit instead of military camo, and eliminate the death threats, the “auditors” will be ignored. But if they attempt to carry out any of their threats, we will fight back accordingly.