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GEORGE O’BRIEN: Chicken

ChickenPacific Lumber president George O’Brien showed his cowardice to the Times-Standard twice this week.  First, the company refused to send a press release to the T-S announcing the latest lay-offs.  Second, O’Brien said he wouldn’t talk to reporters unless they submitted a list of questions to him in advance. 

Cutting the T-S from the information loop has been a regular PALCO practice ever since the propaganda-friendly Eureka Reporter hit the scene.  And before O’Brien ever heard of a place called Scotia the timber co. routinely refused calls from the North Coast Journal.

But requiring questions to be submitted in advance?  Why?  The answers are always the same regardless of the query.

“We’re going to sell the best dang redwood products in the world,” O’Brien repeats to anyone who asks about the lay-offs.  Maybe he forgot PL already liquidated the highest quality redwood and shipped the money to Texas. But then again,  O’Brien proudly stated at the beginning of his PALCO tenure that he didn’t know anything about redwood.  “Timber is timber,” he said.

We suggest Mr. O’Brien go back to his original request that everyone play fair.  Otherwise he’ll continue to look like a hypocrite. 

  1. Anonymous
    August 2, 2007 at 11:09 am

    Write the story. Divulge that the guy wanted advanced questions. Let him look bad. Let him shoot himself in the foot. OK by me. No one here likes PALCO anymore anyway. That’s pretty amazing to have environmentalists and loggers on the same side.

  2. August 2, 2007 at 12:05 pm

    Write the story. Divulge that the guy wanted advanced questions.

    The T-S did that this morning.

    That’s pretty amazing to have environmentalists and loggers on the same side.

    Maxxam has always been the common enemy. Now it’s crystal clear.

  3. Eric Kirk
    August 2, 2007 at 8:51 pm

    Questions in advance? I know Khomeini demanded that for his one American press interview.

  4. August 2, 2007 at 9:02 pm

    So he’s in good company?

    It’d be interesting to know of any other special cases who demanded and got questions in advance from the T-S. More good company for O’Brien I’m sure.

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