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By Greg L | 31 May 2006 | Blogs, 50th HOD District | 6 Comments

The Manassas Journal-Messenger finally decided to talk about the Steve Chapman campaign, and interviewed me for a story that ran today. It would have been nice if they had gotten around to this before Chapman’s campaign imploded, but Kafia Hosh at least seemed to get both sides, and didn’t mangle quotes. Even if it’s a little late, I welcome the MJM to the discussion.

So the Chapman campaign blames (credits) BVBL with causing Chapman’s campaign to self-destruct. That’s quite an honor. Had we known this was possible, it would likely have been our strategy from the beginning. But I think this really gives us too much credit — the reality is likely a far more mundane case of a campaign being challenged with the simulataneous tasks of walking and chewing bubble gum, and coming up short.

I remain committed to the truth, first and foremost. If Faisal or Steve can rebut any allegations made here by myself or BVBL, I would be happy to correct the record. Our political process depends on truth in order to work properly, and if I or BVBL got something wrong that needs to be corrected and I feel morally compelled to do that. Since I have yet to receive any information that contradicts what has been posted here, I continue to believe that BVBL and myself have provided a truthful and comprehensive discussion of the facts. So far, it’s only been bluster and threats.

The story left out perhaps my most important point in the interview. The local press has been AWOL in fulfilling it’s responsibility for providing information to voters. It has miserably failed to keep candidates honest, do more than a drive-by analysis of important local issues, and is relinquishing it’s historic mantle of being the protectors of the electorate. In the absence of the press, bloggers have stepped up to provide voters with important information, for better or worse. If local papers want to remain useful to the communities they serve, they have to step up and provide better coverage of local politics, or else they risk becoming irrelevant. Right now, for detailed information on candidates and issues, the internet is the only place where detailed reporting and analysis exists on local issues.

I can understand why that was left out of the story, but the press needs to wake up.

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  1. Velvet Elvis said on 31 May 2006 at 11:31 am:
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    It would have been nice if they had covered the Jackson Miller kick-off. Geesh!!!

  2. Anonymous said on 31 May 2006 at 12:32 pm:
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    It sounds like Gil didn’t like BVBL’s response of “Bite Me!”, but he didn’t include any of the other details of the response. Too bad the MJM couldn’t do a little more investigation and get the contents of the actual response. Also, notice how the reporter didn’t verify that Chapman was a Woodbridge HS grad, or that he does have the arlington contract?

  3. Anonymous said on 31 May 2006 at 1:23 pm:
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    It would be nice if they would cover anything of relevance from time to time.

  4. Anonymous said on 31 May 2006 at 2:29 pm:
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    I don’t recall BVBL ever accusing Chapman of “spitting” and “stomping” on graves.

  5. Charles said on 4 Jun 2006 at 12:15 pm:
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    The paper seems to be ignoring the republican side of the 50th. Covering Steve only after he dropped out, and using that to make republicans look stupid, seems to be in that same mold.

    The reporter you mention ran TWO articles last week on local politics and didn’t interview a single republican. And now it’s only to attack other republicans and make us look silly.

    It would be nice if, as you say, they would actually cover the issues of the campaign, but that is a lot harder than simply getting quotes from people.

  6. Anonymous said on 10 Jun 2006 at 11:51 am:
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    Jim Young and Steve Chapman are both punks. Champman’s self destruction shows that he can not be trusted as a legislature. This twenty-something power washer is not cut out for this.

    At last check, Jim “Darth Vader” Young was not a member of the Virginia Bar, but rather PA or DC, which lets near bout anyone in. Virginia has a challenging exam. Maybe he can waive in one day. As far as the Darth Vader thing, ask around. He likes wearing the Darth Vader mask while a certain act isperformed on him, so says someone who went to college with him. Also, he eats his own boogars.

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