By Doug Porter
Nobody likes to hear bad news about people important in their lives. Lately a lot of folks have been piling on KPBS for its role in bringing accusers in the Mayor Filner harassment scandal to the forefront. But if you want to see some really mean coverage designed to denigrate, you need to move down the channel listings a bit.
Our local ABC affiliate, KGTVs 10News has sunk to a new low. They’ve published embarrassing photographs of a woman purported to be Mayor Filner’s press secretary taken at her bachelorette party last weekend in Las Vegas.
Reporter Itica Milanes tapped John Dadian, Republican political consultant to say church lady type things so the story had an air of authenticity. (An earlier version of the story incorrectly said Dadian had worked for Carl DeMaio)
Not long after the “story” was published an alert viewer captured a screenshot (since deleted) off Facebook posted by Derek Wixon bragging about how the young woman in the photo was coerced by a GOP dirty trickster into posing for the photo.
In case you had any doubt about the bias of the local news media and KGTV in particular, theis should resolve any doubts. Despite being told they were being gamed by a political operative, they’ve left the story up.
I strongly urge you to contact KGTV’s General Manager [email@example.com] or News Director [ firstname.lastname@example.org] or directly via their web page at http://www.10news.com/about/
UPDATE: The San Diego GOP’s “Private Investigator” Derrick Roach has chimed in on the comments on the story at channel 10, trying to keep the narrative on track for his bosses. Many people think it’s none of 10’s business what a young woman does in Las Vegas on a weekend. But not the very appropriately named Mr Roach: