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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