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LETTER: Daily Post Sensationalized Candidate's Blog Topics

David Cortright, candidate for the Santa Clara County Board of Education, asks the newspaper for an apology and a retraction for characterizing his personal weblog as 'an adult blog.'


Editor:

A front page article in today's (Oct. 11) Daily Post cherry picks three isolated posts from my personal blog of nearly one thousand and maliciously concludes it is an “adult blog.” One post commented on a satirical clip from the FOX TV show Family Guy and the other two quoted an article in Psychology Today on the nature of homophobia. The latter is of particular interest to me as my best friend—who I have known since college—is gay.

I've written a wide variety of posts over the years on topics that I found interesting and thought-provoking. These three posts were no different. But I certainly don't want them to detract from the larger issues of my campaign, so I decided to take them down.

It is noteworthy that the author of the article—Jeramy Gordon—was so interested in this one angle that he tracked me down and accosted me about it just before I participated in the League of Women Voters forum in Mountain View last night. Yet he didn't even bother to stay to hear what I had to say on the issues of education in Santa Clara County.

It is also sad that the Daily Post is more interested in a trumped-up sensationalist piece rather than talking about the real issues, such as how exactly the county plans to oversee all 36 charters that they have approved with only two full-time employees, or why my opponent has twice approved exorbitant compensation packages for county superintendents that cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.

A retraction and apology from the Daily Post is in order.

Respectfully,
Dave Cortright
Candidate for Santa Clara County Board or Education

Kasey Saltzman October 13, 2012 at 03:53 PM
How incredibly unfortunate that the Palo Alto Daily Post, for whatever inexplicable reason, feels so lacking in actual news to resort to trumping up salacious headlines that are blatant misrepresentations of reality. I urge every reasonable consumer to expect far more of a journalist, and an editorial board, and to wonder about what possible ulterior motive a supposedly unbiased institution must have to deliberately and spitefully misrepresent a school board candidate. Terming a blog "adult" because it includes a humorous comment about a primetime, major network cartoon show, and includes two links to peer reviewed, scientific studies quoted in Psychology Today? Absurd, insulting, and yellow journalism at its very best. I think Palo Alto deserves better.
SOS4LASD October 13, 2012 at 11:15 PM
The author of this article, I won't call them a journalist, truly picked words out of intelligent posts by Dave articles on various topics and made up an untrue article and did the Palo Alto Daily Post and all of us a real disservice with this mud and distraction. I urge the Palo Alto Daily Post to print a retraction and to spend their efforts finding out about and reporting on the real issues affecting education. The concern Dave is raising: that the Santa Clara County Board feels that they must by law approve every charter application that meets the minimal standards and more charters than they can reasonably oversee or that local school districts can support is truly newsworthy and worthy of discussion for how to achieve the best for our public schools. Dave Cortright is a courageous person willing to speak out on important issues when it is most difficult and in the face of severe personal attack by those whom disagree with him, This is a person we need on the Santa Clara County Board of Education in these challenging times to help us work through these difficult and important issues.
Nancy Morimoto October 15, 2012 at 02:53 AM
This "hit piece" has no place in our local politics! There is plenty of real news to write about concerning the many issues before the county board of education, and the differing perspectives of both the candidates, both of whom deserve respect and fair treatment as citizens willing to serve the children of our county. I certainly hope to see, at a minimum, a balanced article giving some background information on both candidates and their positions on the role of charter schools in our county and the county board of education's role in approving and supervising charters when districts are not the chartering agents, so your readers can make an informed decision on this important topic.
Allana Handley October 29, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Allana Handley Shame on Grace Mah and her team for allowing this kind of politicing to take place. She could easily tell Jeramy Gordon to desist from such tactics. Does she feel so threatened that she is remaining silent! Most residents in this community do not even know what goes on there. Not only are the meetings not televised, but Mah does not get that info back to her community. For 20 charters to have been approved this year to an area that has the best schools in California is the worst way to spend our money and their time. For Bullis to continue to bully Los Altos is not ok. It is time for a change. It is time for Dave Cortright to be voted in to help move this board into positive change for the whole county!
Sad parent December 10, 2012 at 05:33 AM
Maybe they did it because they wanted to put you in the shoes of so many innocent people you've wrecklessly hurt with your boredom and ignorance. Please don't read a website for an hour, draw assumptive conclusions and write letters about things in which you have no actual knowledge. Why do you want to shatter some familes only hope for another option? People like me that live in a really low performing school district that want a child centered experience for my child but can't afford private school or a home in another school district- are we to be damned? Please stop vindicating people that love their children because you don't understand that level of love , desperation and sacrifice. I understand there is some sticky stuff with BCS but you don't have to sabotage every other charter school's hopes and dreams of better things for our special children. It's a witch hunt.

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