UPDATED: Matt Cunningham, Hypocrite, Slammed From Right

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Robbing taxpayers with dubious PR work
Updated at 4:45 p.m.: Cunningham responded in the comments section to this post. There was no explanation for his hypocrisy for over-billing taxpayers or his shameless shilling for OC GOP boss Scott Baugh. All he had to say was that I'm not a real journalist. I'm terribly hurt. 

Original post from this morning: In his blog work over the years, Red County's Matt J. Cunningham tried to sell himself as an honorable and ideologically pure Orange County conservative.

The act was pathetic from the outset. Never more than a political hack, Cunningham had a priority mission: savage any real journalist who dared question his powerful pals like local GOP boss Scott Baugh

For example, point out a Baugh wart--like I did about Baugh's puzzlingly close relationship with Jeffrey Nielsen, the Orange County Republican activist and serial pedophile who targeted 7th and 8th grade boys for sex--and prepare for Cunningham--a political strategist by trade, to aim his bazooka crosshairs at your face. (See Nambla Fantasy, Oct. 6, 2005)

(It's also fascinating how Cunningham's Red County coverage of issues mirrored precisely the interests of Baugh's private lobbying clients such as Daystar or real estate developers.)

My colleague, Gustavo Arellano, did an incredible public service leading the charge to expose dirty OC priests and who then made it a priority to smear Arellano? You got it.

When he wasn't shamelessly spinning for the likes of Baugh or pedophile priests, Cunningham penned columns blasting liberals as hypocrites, liars and crooks who really stood for robbing taxpayers. Representative Loretta Sanchez, OC's lone Democrat in Congress, was often his target.

Then last year the Friends For Fullerton's Future (FFFF) blog exposed that Cunningham was billing taxpayers for questionable public relations work at the Children and Families Commission, which many conservatives believe is a socialist, boneheaded idea. FFFF appropriately stamped the "hypocrite" label on Cunningham's large forehead.

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Cunningham has been exposed
​Now, the national media is jumping on story. Tim Cavanaugh at the libertarian Reason.com noted in an April 7 column that Cunningham--"a Republican flack"--is enriching himself off taxpayers at the failing public commission. Is it really worth $200 an hour for Cunningham to listen to John and Ken at KFI, read newspapers and leave pro-commision comments on blogs?

The scandal underscores that if you dangle a dollar in front of certain OC Republican bigwigs they will happily abandon their political principles to follow you to hell. 

--R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly

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Ken Lays Not Dead
Ken Lays Not Dead

Matt,

What do you think of your partner Hanlon, getting sued for ripping off and lyingto investors? You have been unceramoniously quiet on that Jubal!

Love to hear how that one's OK.

As long as you live you will be haunted by your choice to side with Smith, Urell, Brown and company for a relatively small payout.

Let's not forget how "JUBALESQUE" his other endevor is (where he wishes Hugh was a Catholic) at: http://romancatholicblog.typep... .

What a faker!

Biff
Biff

Whenever I encounter a Matthew Cunningham-written piece extolling the virtues of anything, I assume:

a) That he's receiving something of value (either a straight cash payout, the promise of power and prestige, or the warm satisfaction that a toady gets when he feels he's effectively servicing his masters) from the purveyors of whatever he's shilling;b) That when Cunningham shows up and starts (desperately) trying to change the subject, argues in circles, and insults everyone in sight -- the human equivalent of a squid shooting a cloud of ink to confuse its predators -- you can be sure that he's getting a payoff somewhere.

These two simple rules for interpretation have never failed me yet. Cunningham and his ilk have no redeeming value; all they do is serve to make politics more toxic and expensive.

mitchell
mitchell

OC Politics==Fifth Grade

junior
junior

The real tragedy here, which is not being discussed, is that Prop 10, the California Children and Families Initiative, which created First 5 California was allowed to exist in the first place.

Guest
Guest

What is Matt's reasoning for defending Baugh on the Nielsen pedophile issue?

Steven
Steven

Is Matt Cunningham the Republican blogger who wrote blog posts under a fake name and repeatedly praised his own brilliance? Yes, I think that is him. Very sad.

guest
guest

I don't know what the big deal is. I'm a longtime Republican and even I know that Matt Cunningham is a pathetic excuse for a human. I wouldn't trust what he says if my life depended on it.

Matthew Cunningham
Matthew Cunningham

"There was no explanation for his hypocrisy for over-billing taxpayers or his shameless shilling for OC GOP boss Scott Baugh. All he had to say was that I'm not a real journalist."

Oh, I forgot: "real journalists" make unsubstantiated allegations and resort to name calling.

Did I forget to send in my dues to the "Scott Moxley Is the Greatest Reporter Who Ever Lived" Fan Club?

Is this treatment because I called out that embarrassingly shoddy article you wrote falsely accusing Scott Baugh (among other things) of being a lobbyist for the County of Orange? Hey, if I'd written an article as riddled with easily-discoverable errors as that one, I guess I'd be upset, too. But it wasn't my fault you didn't check your "facts" -- why take it out on me?

It's funny. This is the same Scott Moxley who contacted me almost four years ago to have breakfast because he wanted to warn me the Weekly was going to run a story "outing" my Jubal identity (another error-riddled masterpiece), because he thought doing it was BS. That was the article by Paul Brennan. or was it Will Swaim? Oh yeah -- it was printed under Brennan's byline, and then a couple of years later Swaim said he was the one that actually wrote it and changed the byline to his name.

Now let's get back to having the OC Weekly lecture about journalistic integrity.

johnl
johnl

Cunningham has a more responsive argument over at the reason thread.

Guest
Guest

I wonder if Matt is charging taxpayers $200 an hour to respond to this article? What a gashole.

Guest
Guest

Matt Cunning Ham is a talentless turd who does nothing but shill for corrupt Orange County Republicans. That is how he makes a living. Take pity on him. He's going to hell.

Matthew Cunningham
Matthew Cunningham

Scott:

You're not including yourself in the category of "real journalist," are you?

elserracho
elserracho

so he's pretty much like every other "anti-government" government employee? cool.

Culichi1967
Culichi1967

Shut your imbecile ass up, you maggot of a life form. Accept and take your hypocrisy like a man, you idiot. You were at the right place at the right time and gladly accepted to be a schill for all things evil and were handsomely compensated. SHUT YOUR BLOWHOLE, you mother fucker. You mother fucker! .

Steven
Steven

For Matt Cunningham to lecture anyone on integrity is so funny.

Paul Lucas
Paul Lucas

Matt, be that as it may, whether true or not, it still does not excuse or justify your involvment in an organization such as First 5, given your world view and public stance on such oraganizations. Do you still bill the commission 200 an hour for activities such as reading newspaper articles, passing out toothpaste, listening to a pair of entertainers on the radio etc etc? And Scott Moxely is a real journalist. And your bona fides injournalism pale in comparison to his. Your main job description is more closely fitting of a Pundit or entertainer. Not a Journalist.

johnl
johnl

y Gustavo tambien.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Matt: Just take your lumps like a real man and don't have a hissy fit ala John Urell.

Guest
Guest

Only a sick person would attack the victims of sex crimes. Matt, why did you do this? Have you no shame?

Paul Pukas
Paul Pukas

Is this the same Paul Lucas who was let go from the county for crazy behavior, including stalking employees? Is this the same Paul Lucas who stalked Supervisor Janet Nguyen and threatened her life?

anonstermonster
anonstermonster

excuse me Gustavo, do you consider yourself a real man. Hahahahahahahahaaha

Father Manly
Father Manly

Gustavo -- who died and left you in charge of deciding who a real man is or not?

Matthew Cunningham
Matthew Cunningham

Gustavo, you practically invented the hissy fit.

And why did you suddenly lay off mayor Pulido last year? You seem to have stopped roasting him about the time your good friend Art Pedroza went on the Pulido payola. (something we never read about here. Guess Art gets a pass).

Paul lucas
Paul lucas

I was never "let go" from the county. I never stalked janet nguyen, or anyone for that matter either. Or threatened her life. Youre beginning to sound like that Marc Sussman guy.

Paul Lucas
Paul Lucas

Dear father manly,I would say that defending those who aide and abbet Pedo priests are not manly. I would say that taking one philisophical position on bodies such as First 5, and then turning around and becoming in the employ of First 5 is not a Manly trait or characteristic.

Ken Lays Not Dead
Ken Lays Not Dead

Typical Jubal........Try and change the subject.

How'd that fre tuition for the girls work out?

Culichi1967
Culichi1967

Jubal: You are a typical right-wing hypocrite who eats his own spawn. Shut your pie hole up once and for all and just crawl back into that dried up, putrid uterus that unfortunately spit you out. Fucken' maggot.

Paul Lucas
Paul Lucas

Matt are you still in the employ of first 5 and will you and or Hugh Hewitt be resigning now that you have been outed? Please enlighten us.

HeyZooz
HeyZooz

Because Gustavo feels sorry for poor old Art. Leave the guy alone Cunningham! He's trying to save his home from foreclosure and he found Jesus after all.

Paul Lucas
Paul Lucas

Matt dont change the subject. Why would you be working on PR for the first 5 commission which is a nany state type agency according to your world view. And why the heck is the guy Hugh Hewitt there? If you tell me you got a family to feed and need to make ends meet then I can understand. But from what I have read about your penetration into the PR Market here in OC and CA you dont seem to be rolling your spare change at the end of the month. Any statements you want to make about Andrew Dos sudden departure from GG City Council?

Paul Lucas
Paul Lucas

Well matt,Scott has that weird habit of actually reporting on news events and issues in OC. You have a penchant for punditry. Guess which one is more of a characteristic of a Journalist?

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