Norberto Santana Jr. at the Orange County Register wrote a piece in this morningÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s paper about a recent investigation of TheLiberalOC.com blogger and county worker Chris Prevatt that is being done by the county.
County officials are investigating blogger Chris Prevatt, who works in the county’s health care agency and posts commentaries at the site Liberal OC, for visiting the site during work hours.
County CEO Tom Mauk denies that the probe into Prevatt is politically motivated, adding that such investigations are triggered by complaints. There have not been any probes into Republican bloggers that Mauk can recall.
The countyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s criticism comes after Prevatt posted this article where he criticized County Supervisor Chris Norby for his opposition to government-funded ethnic outreach programs and he posted the Photoshoped photo of Norby as the Ã¢â‚¬Å“Darth Norby.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Two days later, Prevatt says, health care agency supervisors came to his desk, confiscated his computer and began an investigation.
A Norby aide admits he mentioned the post to a senior county official but did not call for an investigation.
The Oct. 27 memo issued to Prevatt said he was being investigated for misusing county computers and time.
The Register article quoted a few conservative bloggers including The Flash ReportÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Jon Fleishman. Fleishman said Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d be awfully careful if I was a county employee to post critical stories about your boss.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Which is a decent point, one that IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve brought up to Chris in multiple conversations. But he wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t hear it. Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not afraid to criticize. If weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve become a society where we canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t criticize our elected officials, then weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve lost our way and need a reality check,Ã¢â‚¬Â Prevatt said to the Register.