Hodgson calls bullshit on Tyson’s cheerleaders
When eight former Eureka City Councilmembers signed a “My Word” piece in the Times-Standard in support of city manager Dave Tyson, they did so either in ignorance, or in full knowledge that what they were saying was incorrect. North Coast Journal publisher Judy Hodgson sets them straight in today’s paper.
Hodgson called each of the signers, and from those who responded it appears they didn’t know what they were saying. Cheri Arkley goes so far as to say she was “misquoted” in the piece, which she voluntarily signed.
Supervisor Virginia Bass admits that it was her husband who suggested including a portion that he knew to be untrue:
Finally, on Tuesday, I got my answer via email from Virginia Bass.
”I take responsibility for the discussion and the inclusion of this portion of the article [both Journal and Bradlee references]. … Matthew (referring to her husband, Matthew Owen) suggested the inclusion of the comment by Benjamin Bradlee and Mike [Jones] and I thought it was appropriate.”
So the source was none of the eight signers. And one more funny thing? I had spoken with Matthew Owen well before the “My Word” piece appeared. I reminded him the Atkins quote was followed by Tyson’s rebuttal. I told him I was not familiar with his quote by Ben Bradlee. A week later, both pieces of misinformation appeared in print after I had told him that they were neither fair nor accurate.
Owen is the mastermind behind several current elected officials whose campaigns were built on smoke and mirrors. We see now his shameless pattern of BS continues in the post-election season.
Not to mention it’s downright hilarious that Owen has been caught managing his wife’s public talking points. As if we didn’t already know that.