Will Swaim Joins Steven Greenhut To Expose Government Waste, Fraud and Abuse

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Can two past journalism enemies join together in common cause?

The answer is yes based on the relatively new union between Will Swaim, OC Weekly's founding editor, and Steven Greenhut, the longtime lead editorial writer and columnist for crosstown rival Orange County Register.

Greenhut is nowadays vice president of journalism at the Virginia-based Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity and Swaim is now the managing editor of the organization's nationwide news operations.

Greenhut, the nemesis of public employee labor unions, works from Sacramento; Swaim works from Irvine.

The Franklin Center--which was established in 2009 and is run by former North Dakota Republican Party executive director and Rudy Giuliani presidential campaign operative Jason Stverak--aims to provide "fresh, original, hard-hitting news content" that focuses on investigations of local, state and federal government.

(Go HERE to read more about the Center's mission.)

Swaim tells me that the organization's goal is simple.

"Greenhut gave me a simple mandate: use the Center's 100 or so investigative reporters to expose waste, fraud and abuse of power in state governments across the country," he said. "Don't worry about party. Just get the bad guys."

Swaim said the job reminds him of his Weekly days.

"Steven hired me to do what I do best: manage investigative reporters, and he did that based in large part on the work we did at OC Weekly," said Swaim. "Many newspapers are casting off investigative reporters--they're contracting--leaving the public without an aggressive media. It's good to be part of an organization that's expanding and hiring rather than contracting. As the dailies' newsrooms shrink, we're picking up some very good investigative reporters."

Go HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE to read Swaim's recent favorite stories.

Despite the Greenhut-Swaim union, please don't ever expect me to join Gordon Dillow in any endeavor. 

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Sons of Italy
Sons of Italy

Swaim started and maintains the Costa Mesa blog attacking anyone and everyone opposing the Righeimer Gang, under the auspices of "pension reform," and now this. 1) Gustavo- do you have any idea (or care) who funds Swaim's Costa Mesa blog?2) What's next for old Will- Fox News?I guess we all have bills to pay.

Jubal
Jubal

WHAT????    AGGGHHHHHH!

Grumpy_gorilla2u
Grumpy_gorilla2u

Well look at it this way isn't the Weekly and Gustavo Arellano paying Will Swaim to post in the Weekly paper edition since he (Swaim) used to have Gustavo's job or is it all handled by The Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity or the OC Register or Steven Greenhut.

Does this all classify as: "The payoffs and the ripoffs and the things nobody saw" (?).

Grumpy_gorilla2u
Grumpy_gorilla2u

"Greenhut gave me (Swaim) a simple mandate: use the Center's 100 or so investigative reporters to expose waste, fraud and abuse of power in state governments across the country," he said. "Don't worry about party. Just get the bad guys."Can I do this job and expose bad/crooked lawyers? From Costa Mesa/Newport Beach!I want to talk to Will Swaim/Steven Greenhut if I can.

Grumpy_gorilla2u
Grumpy_gorilla2u

"Greenhut gave me (Swaim) a simple mandate: use the Center's 100 or so investigative reporters to expose waste, fraud and abuse of power in state governments across the country," he said. "Don't worry about party. Just get the bad guys."Can I do this job and expose bad/croked lawyers? From Costa Mesa/Newport Beach!I want to talk to Will Swaim/Steven Greenhut if I can.

Grumpy_gorilla2u
Grumpy_gorilla2u

Give him his job back at the Weekly He was fantastic sometimes but that all depends on if he's making more now than he did before. But there aren't many jobs in Costa Mesa CA. If any at all, I'm still unemployed and on food stamps, like 4.5 MILLION are also, 1.2 MILLION have left the workforce.

Rachelle
Rachelle

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Raverguy
Raverguy

Is this the same guy we have to blame for Gustavo's career?

Jon
Jon

Seriously...

But don't expect Greenhut or anyone associated with the OCR to talk negatively about Righeimer...

Duffey
Duffey

 I watched you on Reiff's show with Laffer and Jennifer What'shername.  Why didn't you have anything to say?

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

I had my bit—believe it or not, when I'm on the air, I don't engage in screaming matches with folks.

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