Flash Report Needs to Change Its Tagline: “On California’s Most Significant Political News”

With the LA Times quoting Jon Fleischman as Mike Carona’s publicist through this indictment crisis, its clear that the Flash Report’s tagline of “On California’s Most Significant Political News” is no longer accurate.  Today, there is barely a mention of Carona’s indictment and no commentary from Jon whatsoever.

Isn’t the indictment of a prominent elected official “significant” California news?

The only time I have been in the same room with Jon Fleischman was a Spring 2006 PRSA meeting that dealt with Crisis Communication.  It was a highly partisan panel that featured Matt Cunningham and was hosted by Lisa Brug Kline, Chuck DeVore’s chief of staff.  The panel’s big mistake was believing everyone in the room was partisan Republican.  Jon, in particular, was belittling the “lazy press corps” and provided examples of biased reporting (translation: stories that didn’t show Republican leaders in a positive light). 

I’m sure that Jon is about to find out just how lazy these reporters truly are ;).

Given Flieschman’s long term relationship with Carona as a sheriff’s department spokesman, his new role as the Sheriff’s crisis counselor, and the lack of Carona news on his site, Jon has surrendered the “influential” label associated with his blog. Readers looking for facts on the Carona indictment need to look beyond the Flash Report for an unvarnished view.

We are not celebrating this indictment at the LiberalOC; but we do want facts to come to light.  This is case where everyone wants justice to prevail.  And the truth to come out.

I’s also like to know, when it comes to knowledge of Carona’s operations, “what did Jon know and when did he know it?”   

  8 comments for “Flash Report Needs to Change Its Tagline: “On California’s Most Significant Political News”

  1. dave swanson
    October 31, 2007 at 7:34 pm

    wow Dan must be blind because I noticed about 10 news stories posted on this very category on the Flash Report.

  2. Dan Chmielewski
    October 31, 2007 at 8:21 pm

    Dave —
    at the time of the post, about 1PM this afternoon, there were two items; a brief commentary on GOP corruption and a link to one LA Times story. Pitiful for a blog that makes the claims about its influence.

    Oh, there are 10 stories now; but perhaps you had blindness to the Flash Report site earlier in the day.

    Given the fawning coverage Jon has given Carona over the years, I can understand what an embarrassment it must be. He can always run another Fabian Nunez or Antonio Villarogosia story to feel better.

  3. DP Resident
    November 1, 2007 at 1:45 pm

    The press (liberal or otherwise) IS lazy. It doesn’t have to be a Rep/Dem story to see how badly the press does their job. It is a business – they have a paper/air time to fill. Filling it is job one. If they get the facts right, well that’s a (lucky) bonus.

  4. Dan Chmielewski
    November 1, 2007 at 2:14 pm

    I’m sure Marty Wisckol or Scott Moxley would be happy to trade their 12 hour days or the doublechecking to make sure facts are right or the hours of homework, interviews, and digging they do so we can cut and paste their stories here.

    I disagree that reporters are lazy.

  5. dave swanson
    November 1, 2007 at 9:51 pm

    Dan maybe you should buy a new computer that updates website when they are updated, because the daily email I receive from the FlashReport with the daily headlines came to my inbox when the site was updated with the daily headlines (as it usually is) it had several of the Carona stories listed. I don’t think it’s Mr. Fleischman’s responsibility to throw the Sheriff under the bus before he has even gone to trial, just reporting the news.

  6. Dan Chmielewski
    November 2, 2007 at 7:26 am

    Dave —
    My computer is just fine. An the browser features for automatic refreshing of content are operational.

    Again, at the time of the post, there was one link to an LA Times piece on Carona and one pots that dealth with general corruption in the GOP (but a hotlink to the William Jefferson/money in the freezer story).

    That was it.

    Go over to OCBlog where Matt Cunningham had several posts about the Carona indictment.

    If Jon bills his site as “The Flash Report on California’s Most Significant Political News,” then he buried the lede (and yes, that is spelled correctly). Jon has no problem whatsoever throwing Democrats or Republicans he doesn’t care for under the bus with that first news report. And I think sites like ours that call him out on the whole Carona indictment and his lack of coverage on it is fair play.

    So will you be writing the Register this morning to complain about their coverage? Today’s headline: Sheriff Accused in Kickback Plot; Prosecutors say Carona and two aides turned a widow’s grief into personal gain. Nice.

    Don’t forget to go over to Orange Juice and criticize those guys for doing the same thing I’m doing, but be careful. Art’s flamethrower is bigger than mine.

  7. RHackett
    November 2, 2007 at 7:52 am

    I agree Dan. Look at his placement of Fabian Nunez’s conspicuous consumption. While I am puzzled and unhappy with Fabian, it is not illegal. Yet nothing on the top of the page about Carona.


  8. November 2, 2007 at 10:46 am

    Dave Swanson is one of the Reeps who endorsed Carona. So he has no room to talk. Fleischman is Carona’s PR adviser even now.

    I am still waiting for all these Republicans to apologize for backing Carona, when they knew that he was dirty.

    And there are a few Democrats who need to say sorry too, including Tom Daly, Lou Correa and Miguel Pulido.

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