DPOC chair Frank Barbaro was a guest on Rick Reiff’s InsideOC program on KOCE this weekend and there was a considerable Â discussion about the Mike Carona case.Â
With Jon Fleischman as a guest, what the former Carona insider said should have been the focus, but there seems to more emphasis on what Frank Barbaro said which seemed to be a defense.Â Frank said the media convicted Carona, which is true, and the media was also right.Â Frank essentially admited he didn’t follow the trial and didn’t know the evidence and then alluded to his friendship with Debbie Carona through their mutual workÂ on the OC Fair Board (a position Mrs. Carona quietly resigned from a short time ago). Frank expressed his admiration for the judge and felt the judge arrived at the appropriate sentence.Â
I can’t say that’s a defense of Carona, but I can say it seemed like Frank stated one small bit of opinion (which is true and the media was right about Carona) and reiterated facts on the case. Yep, the jury convicted the disgraced ex-sheriff on one count.Â He’s friends with Debbie Carona.Â He respects the judge and thought the sentence was fair.Â
Flesichman’s rambling statement that theÂ jury saw a “something we didn’t see” and they quickly agreed with Moxley that “the way Mike handled himself after the verdict andin the trial, um, clearly wasn’t appropriate,andclearly, ultimately (he)may spend a couple of extra years pondering his extended stay and wondering if that was the reason.”Â Frank then chimed in that “you don’t do victory laps after you’ve been convicted of a felony.”
So I’d encourage folks to take anotherÂ look at the program and listen to what was saidÂ at Â www.koce.org/insideOC.Â Barbaro doesn’t defendCarona, but does opine that the media convicted him (which I’d agree with him but also add the media — in particular OC Weekly was right; the untold story is what took the Register so long to get on board with Moxley’s stellar reporting).Â
Flesichman admits the jury saw a side of Carona “we didn’t see” (some insider huh?); Fleischman fails to address his mistake in his long standing blind support of Carona even suggesting on his blog that OCWeekly was behind most of this misinformation.Â But Fleischman’s statements can hardly be considered criticism of his main man crush.