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Register "Didn't Have The Goods" On Carona

This past Wednesday, the stage was set for an ultimate face-off: Our own R. Scott Moxley, the finest reporter in these here parts, and Register reporter Tony Saavedra, both staring down Mike Schroeder, local GOP king-maker (former Sheriff-maker, soon-to-be felon-maker), in front of the assembled members of the Orange County Press Club. Some of you may have seen signs advertising the event - "There Will Be Blood."

Sadly, 'twas a far, far better thing Moxley had to do, but of course a gentleman Weekling never leaves a potential source stranded at the altar; his editors past and present, Will Swaim and Ted Kissell respectively, did what they could to fill Moxley's shoes. One shoe each.

In what amounts to something between a joking admission and a brushing-off of the Register's shoulder, Frank Mickadeit reviewed the event, focusing on the discussion of whether the media was too slow to report on former OC Sheriff Mike Carona's more obvious criminal activity.

We did not publish some of the stuff the Weekly did about his ties, real or imagined, with mobsters, or rumors of his affairs. In some cases we simply didn't have the goods the Weekly did. In some cases editors felt the stuff didn't meet our sourcing standards or simply wasn't relevant. As Saavedra said in response to a question by former Times and Register reporter Jean Pasco, "I don't let George (Jaramillo) run the coverage."


Frankie Mick's conclusion? "[A]ll the papers could have done more and better, but in their messy, unscientific, unscripted way, all contributed." That's right, Frank. The Weekly contributed by publicizing every last detail we could verify about a clearly corrupt yet enormously powerful public official. The Register contributed by pretty much ignoring the situation until it became professionally embarrassing to do so.

Sounds like 'messy, unscientific and unscripted' wins the day! But all the stories are online, with wonderful little date-stamps on them, so y'all can judge for yourselves.

Comments (3)

  1. Anonymous says:

    Saavedra's the vulture of Orange County journalism--fat fuck LOVES to swoop in on the scraps of others, then passes it off as his kill.

  2. Truths says:

    The truth is... the OC Register did not have the courage to report the goods on now retired Mike Carona. And, the OC Register did not have the guts to report negative truths about an OC Republican Sheriff who gave out badges to political donors.

    The OC Weekly investigative reporters serve the public's interest because they take the time to confirm facts, investigate court records and report their findings. The OC Republican GOP does not like it when investigative reporters report the truths about corrupt elected public officials--so, the OC Register does what it is told or as many say, reports the wishes of the highest bidder.

    Orange County is heading down the wrong road--very similar to the City of Stepford. At least there is one publication that has the ethical standards to inform the public about wrongdoing and illegal activity supported by the political connected in the OC.

  3. Publius says:

    This seems to be a pattern with the Register. They fail to investigate matters related to powerful Republicans in Orange County.
    Where's their detailed coverage of the Jeff Nielsen case?

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