Filner's many enemies
Your Sept. 18 cover story, "Three against one," gave a fairly complete picture of what Donna Frye, Marco Gonzalez and Cory Briggs (these three) went through to help usher Bob Filner out of office. Your recounting of the interviews described what was necessary, but insufficient, to bring him down. I contend that there was much more to Bob's exit than what you revealed in your story.
Without accusing these three of colluding with others who may have opposed Filner for reasons other than sexual harassment, most would agree that Filner did have serious conflicts with others who had a great deal to gain from his removal. Furthermore, there's no question that these forces acknowledged, promoted and sensationalized the work of these three and greatly added to the pressure on Bob to resign.
For a contrasting analysis of the other forces at work that helped force Filner's resignation, see the well-researched, series "The Birds, the Bees, and the Wolf Pack," by Norma Damashek at sandiegofreepress.org (Sept. 3, 10 and 20).
In any case, these three got a lot of help from:
1. a very compliant media: TV stations, right-wing talk shows and the infamous U-T San Diego, with its headlines and cartoons about the mayor's plight;
2. people who worked in government alongside the mayor, like City Attorney Jan Goldsmith, Council President Todd Gloria, et al., who hamstrung Filner's efforts from the get-go;
3) insiders like Filner's communications director, Irene McCormack, who admits to taking notes following her many meetings with Bob; Deputy Chief of Staff Allen Jones, who handled Sunrise Enterprises, but whose developer background didn't align at all with Bob's progressive agenda;
4. people who put together a mayoral recall effort, starting soon after his election;
5. prominent people like attorney Gloria Allred, who helped sensationalize the charges against the mayor;
6) powerful figures who opposed the mayor's progressive agenda, like Douglas Manchester, who lost to the mayor on the 40 years of tourist fees, and Irwin Jacobs, whose $40- million Balboa Park renovation proposal Filner ridiculed.
It seemed that much more of a combination of these forces, in aggregate, were responsible for riling up the public and contributed to the pressure on Filner to resign as mayor. In sum, Donna, Marco and Cory were, certainly, an important part of causing him to resign, but they had a lot of help!
John Falchi, Point Loma
Who controls media?
In your Oct. 9 story about Project Censored, you write that in other democracies, government-funded media is more informative about government activities than in the U.S. Doesn't government funding bring in government control? What I think is, under the assumption that this information is correct, the question is, what is the relative comparative corruption in those other nations and ours?
Saul Harmon Gritz, Hillcrest
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