A Week in the Life of Gustavo

"Seems to think that if he fails to write, la migra will find him."--OC Weekly More merriment available at ronmaydon@yahoo.com

ter├ža-feira, fevereiro 18, 2003

Here's an interesting letter from Prop. 227 co-writer Ron Unz regarding my various Nativo Lopez articles...

C'mon, Gustavo, aren't you trying to have it both ways?

You write story after story, blasting all of Lopez's endless list of
misdeeds and scandals, and even make fun of the Register for its
ridiculously "softball" coverage of him.

Then, perhaps as a consequence of reading your own pieces, the editors
of the local newspaper of record get embarrassed enough to assign a
couple of investigative reporters to uncover what's been happening in
their own home town, run a major series---basically documenting in
greater detail what you yourself had implied---and thereby give some
backbone to all the people who'd been scared to oppose him, such as
Mijares. And your reaction is to denounce the Register for being
enormously biased *against* Lopez.

Now it's perfectly fair to criticize all these locals for cowardice and
jumping on board just as the train was leaving the station. But the
other stuff is just silly.

My response...

The Orange County Register has always had it in for Nativo. I'm sure you're aware of the 1996 Dornan fiasco, in which both the Reg and the Times went after Lopez at Dornan's prodding with a vengeance. Since each ended up with egg in the face after Dornan's vendetta against Nativo turned out to be little more than fantasy, the Reg took it easy on Nativo this time around at first in order not to "offend" Latinos. This is PC reporting at its worst, something the Weekly is not handcuffed by despite our avowdly (at least from me) leftist ideologies.

You're right; my stories (also those of Nick Schou) showed the Reg it was OK to go after Nativo again. But such a decision on their part gave me that much more of a responsibility to blast the Reg and Mijares when they finally went after Lopez. Everyone knew that Lopez was crooked but was too afraid to admit it. The biases were there from the beginning--as was the cowardice.