Stephen Smith, the publisher of the Irvine Tattler, is fast becoming the master of minutiae.Ã‚Â Point and case, Irvine Mayor Beth Krom made a statement about hearing from Irvine residents who received a website via email.Ã‚Â Smith reported that you canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t email a website, only mail a link to it.Ã‚Â But frankly, any moron whoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s used the Internet knows that and understood what Krom was saying anyway. But it’s part of his campaign to undermine the council majority or death by a million bug bites.
While Smith claims independence of any candidate or campaign, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s clear heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Council member Christina SheaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hatchet man. And on his chopping block is Irvine lawyer Todd Gallinger, who had the nerve to criticize Shea for asking for all the email addresses the city has acquired so she could put out a newsletter.Ã‚Â Of course, criticism of Shea is always a Ã¢â‚¬Å“personal attackÃ¢â‚¬Â against her and folks with skin this thin shouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be in office; Gallinger had a target painted on his back.
Smith again smears Gallinger on the Irvine Tattler websiteÃ‚Â for the lawyer’s ties to Ã¢â‚¬Å“radical Muslim groups,Ã¢â‚¬Â while SmithÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s own links that “prove” make a weak case for the group being radical Islamists.
In a new story on the Tattler web site, Smith has crossed a line by doing a personal records search on Gallinger to attempt to portray Gallinger as someone who does libe in Irvine.Ã‚Â He takes it a step further insistenting there’s no record of Gallinger ever having lived in Irvine.Ã‚Â Smith did a search on the persona records aggregator Intelius (www.intelius.com)Ã‚Â and posted a screen grab of the site on the Tattler.Ã‚Â Not only does Smith expose Todd GallingerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s records for all to see, he also posted the information of another man named Todd Gallinger who lives in Colorado.Ã‚Â
Information shall not be provided or resold to any other person or entity without our prior written consent. (permission to republish this line granted by Intelius).Ã‚Â
The Liberal OC contacted Gallinger.Ã‚Â He gave us the address for his home in Irvine.Ã‚Â He told us he attended IVC, Woodbridge H.S., Lakeside Middle School, Culverdale and East Shore Elementary Schools.Ã‚Â A simple phone call would clear it up, but Smith went electronic and he went electronic in the cheap. And since Smith continues to link Gallinger to radical Islamic groups, I’m not giving the address.Ã‚Â But it is in Irvine,”
Smith continues to insist that a Jauary 11, 2006 Orange County Registe article used in a Pro-Measure H flyer was somehow altered by Gallinger.Ã‚Â The subhead in the flier reads, “One provision of a proposed ordiance could be trouble for Councilwoman Christina Shea, who is a lobbyist.” Smith insists the subhead isÃ‚Â a graphically altered version of a January 11, 2006 Register article titled, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Irvine Debates Rules on Lobbying and Ethics.Ã¢â‚¬ÂÃ‚Â However, the online archieved version of the story uses a different subhead thatÃ‚Â reads, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Calm debate marked by Shea’s and Choi’s dissent.Ã¢â‚¬ÂÃ‚Â While Smith correctly notes the subjead of the online verson of the archieved Register story, he failed to report that the deadwood edition of the Register had the exact headline Gallinger used in the flier.Ã‚Â That goodness for Microfiche (we’ll post the PDF shortly).Ã‚Â So in trying to paint Gallinger a LIAR, Smith has exposed himself as a Liar through the omission of details.
Have you no decency Sir?Ã‚Â Have you no decency Stephen Smith?Ã‚Â Smearing a private individual for exposing public records that makes your candidate look bad is just reprehensible.Ã‚Â Smith should apologize to Gallinger and retract the information on his residency.Ã‚Â And Shea, who claims SmithÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s stories are always accurate, would be wrong.Ã‚Â She needs to distance herself from this publication and this individual.Ã‚Â