No Respect for Flash

Why is it that the best posts on Naval Gazing, the OC Weekly’s blog, happen on late Friday afternoons?

But R. Scott Moxley’s post from last week may not have had the impact it should have had.  Listening to the transcription of the Carona/Haidl tapes (that would be the indicted, on-trial-for corruption, disgraced, hypocritical and resigned ex-sheriff Mike Carona) features a brief nugget into how Sheriff Mike regarded his onetime spokesperson.

Carona says: “I just think he (Fleischman) was a moron on his best day, but . . .

They’re willing to pay morons a lot of money because I was probably paying him when he left $90,000 a year. He made four times what I was paying him in a year, he made it in six months. And, uh, it’s all through that silly ass Flash Report. He was doing consulting for business and stuff like that, too, you know? He’s doing a George Jaramillo . . . He’s doing a shakedown.”

With Johnny Flash’s ties to the State GOP, one way for Republicans to curry Fleischman’s favor is to buy ads on the Flash Report.  I’m sure the ad revenue for the site is good and don’t necessarily think that Carona was accurate, but then Sheriff Mike I’m sure forgot that the Bible says “thou shall not commit adultry” when handing over a check to help cover the cost of his alledged mistress’   law office/love nest.  But a shakedown from Fleischman? How would that go down exactly?

We understand Jon Fleischman will be called to testify in the trial.  It will be interesting to see which Fleishcman shows up; the party boss pissed off at Randy Duke Cunningham or the fawning fan of Sheriff Mike.  In either case, if Fleischman confirms a lot of details that Haidl uncovered to help burythe Sheriff. its damaging to Jon professionally as someone who willfully misled the press on Carona’s “management style.”  And if he truly didn’t know what was going on, then Fleischman is not the well-connected insider he’s portrayed himself to be. 

To date, Fleischman has not written about the Carona case.  He does post links to stories about it, but likely won’t comment until after he tesitfies or the case is closed.

Last February, Fleischman went before the OC BOS and said: If the people in public office are doing wrong things..if they are taking money and inappropriately benefiting the people who gave them money. Shame on those office holders. They should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

So Jon’s path is clear, right?

For those of you with strong stomachs, here’s what Jon wrote on Carona’s last re-election bid:

I am going to take a few minutes, though, and talk about a race that is near and dear to my heart.  My apologies to the vast majority of FR readers who hail from outside of “The OC” — but I want to take a few minutes to urge my several thousand Orange County readers to vote to re-elect my boss, Orange County Sheriff Michael Carona.  If you are reading this column, and live outside of Orange County, but have family, friends or acquaintances here, please contact them and ask them to vote for Sheriff Carona.
I have known Mike Carona for nearly fifteen years.  He and I first met when he was the Marshal of Orange County (in charge of security for our county courthouses) and I was a special assistant to freshman Congressman Ed Royce.  Over the years, I have come to know Carona as a man of strong integrity with a commitment to freedom and liberty, and a passion for public policy administration. 
Because of Mike Carona’s strong belief in Republican principles, I have seen him be a leader within the GOP.  He has endorsed hundreds of Republican candidates for local, county, state and federal office.  Whether it has been his support of paycheck protection, or his solid opposition to both open primary measures, Carona has done the right thing.  This year you need only look at the big battles in Orange County to know that, despite his own election taking place, Carona is still stepping up for the GOP cause.  He was a solid endorser of Diane Harkey for State Senate, and he is a prominent supporter of John Moorlach for Board of Supervisors.
Of course, for FlashReport readers, it is important to see the Sheriff as a great conservative leader (I’ve never met a Sheriff who is more passionate about second amendment rights than this one!), but the last five and a half years, I have been able to see a great law enforcement leader and manager first hand.  If you didn’t know it, I work full-time in the media relations office of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.  In that capacity, I get an insider perspective of Sheriff Carona.


There have been a number of news articles (primarily in the OC Weekly and in the LA Times) that have been negative about the Sheriff.  Well, I can tell you as someone who is truly in a position to sort out fact from fiction — most of what they have said simply isn’t true.  And the volumes of great things that he and our department achieve on a daily basis that the newspapers don’t print is staggering. 

So what are we expected to believe Gentle Readers?  What Jon says, or what Carona was recorded saying about Jon?

I just think he was a moron on his best day.” — Mike Carona.  That’s a little better than Haidl’s description of Fleischman as a “Goofy Bastard.” 

But not by much.

  17 comments for “No Respect for Flash

  1. Alex Brant-Zawadzki
    November 17, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    Um, this is news? Fleischman’s personal friend Matt Cunningham, the man behind Red County (formerly OC Blog), used to post on FlashReport about how great OC Blog was, especially Jubal’s posts, especially the posts supporting the 241 Toll Road. Meanwhile, Cunningham (posting anonymously as Jubal) used OC Blog to praise his own writing on Flash Report, especially concerning Matt’s support for the 241 Toll Road.

    Flash Report has been about sales since its inception, whether it be selling a particular party line or selling a positive line of reporting.

  2. November 17, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    Our best posts are whenever we post, Dan.

  3. Jubal
    November 17, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    Alex B-Z:

    How’s law school?

    Leaving your over-simplification and omission of context aside, are you still whining and crying over that?

  4. Alex Brant-Zawadzki
    November 17, 2008 at 3:38 pm


    Leaving your truly low blow and admission aside, still LAUGHING over that. These days I mainly whine and cry about law school.

    Come on, the allegations being made re: FlashReport are practically identical to charges I and others made against OC Blog back in the day. It’s not like I run around looking for excuses to sully thy name, much as you’d like to paint it that way. It’s just relevant, that’s all.

  5. Steve Perez
    November 17, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    There has to be something more if Carona used the word “shake down” after all, wouldn’t he be able to spot it best? And I don’t mean because he was our sheriff either…

  6. Jubal
    November 17, 2008 at 7:02 pm


    What “low blow”?

    And I like the way you use the word “admission” as if I had denied something and then came clean. Very lawyerly, in a slick way.

    And “practically identical”? I’m not a lawyer, but don’t they teach something about “facts not in evidence”? Not to mention the obligatory B-Z red herring like “much as you’d like to paint it that way.”

  7. RHackett
    November 17, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    Looks like Flashboy has learned the hard way that despots that
    demand loyalty rarely give it.

    Jon has to be very careful if he is indeed being called as a witness.
    Given that he claimed to be an insider, he could very well end up being
    collateral damage.

  8. Samantha
    November 17, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    Jon has spent his entire, weasily career acting like a know-it-all snob when all the time he was a shameless hack promoting a gutter crook. We shouldn’t expect an apology. Like Mike Schroeder, he’s too busy keeping his name away from Carona’s corruption trial.

  9. The Lovable Curmudgeon
    November 17, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    it’s navEl, like the orange and umbilical, not navAl like the academy.

  10. Dan Chmielewski
    November 18, 2008 at 8:37 am

    LC– thanks for the correction; I blame the pain medication from my toothache

  11. duplojohn
    November 18, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    Jon Flieshman and Matt “Jubal” Cunningham are the kind of lightweights that the National GOP (and California party rode on the tails) in the early century.

    Flash in the pan punks, with no lasting value in the capitol, just blowhards in the community.

  12. Jubal
    November 18, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    Ha — that really hurts from a guy who calls himself “duplojohn.”

    When you have an actual thought to share, let me know. huh?

  13. Samantha
    November 18, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    Why is Jon quiet on this? Hiding something?

  14. Alex Brant-Zawadzki
    November 19, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    Maybe Flesh-Man just read the headline and, like me, thought the article was about OC Weekly’s website and its unwillingness to embrace Flash animation or otherwise utilize the Adobe FlashPlayer plugin.

  15. Dan Chmielewski
    November 19, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    Jon’s only commented here once; he’ll ignore us. But he has to know what his boss thought of him, Thye bigger question — is Jon shaking down Republican candidates and businesses to buy ads on Flash? Red County delivers readers and numbers; but Flash doesn’t garner the same sort of audience to justify the amount of ads there

  16. November 19, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    Funny but true: on this past week’s Inside OC with Rick Reiff, Rick first introduced Jon as owner of the Flack Report, then quickly corrected himself.

  17. duplojohn
    November 19, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    Jubal, I never meant to hurt you. Thats your department.

    Duplojohn is my handle/moniker/nickname – how is it any differnent than “Jubal”???

    If you want to debate John 3:16, California constitutional practices, public policy, or the 2008 NFL season, simply tell me where and when.

    You don’t remember meeting me, I’ll leave that offline.

    When you are ready for a public debate on ANYTHING please reply. I’ll show up without notes and kick some ass.

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