Nevada’s #2 liberal blogger-without-a-TV-show “reported”
this morning that a political operative named Tony Dane was funding mailers into the districts of Assemblyman John Hambrick and Assemblyman Chris Edwards, attacking the pair for
betraying their constituents and supporting, at least tacitly, Gov. Brian Sandoval’s billion dollar tax
Ralston suggests that Dane may have broken campaign finance
laws related to “pass through contributions,” and then added this…
“A PAC to recall Hambrick already has been filed by activist Chuck
Muth, who also has been pounding Edwards. Muth declined to answer when I asked
whether he is involved in Dane's effort.”
That’s a lie. Ralston never asked about "Dane's effort."
The truth is, when Ralston emailed me last night, the subject line read…
“Post cards against Hambrick and Edwards.”
The body of the text in the message read simply…
“Are you helping to fund that
what a jerk Ralston has been to me in particular, and conservatives in
general, over the last few years, I replied simply, with a healthy
dose of snark…
“Who is this?”
“OK. I'll say No Comment.”
To which I replied…
“I’m always willing to comment to any responsible journalist who
reports fairly and objectively.”
And that last response is exactly why I didn’t answer
Ralston’s questions. Because as you’ll
notice, he twisted and mislead his readers when he wrote that I “declined to
answer when I asked whether he is involved in Dane's effort.” Because…
HE NEVER MENTIONED DANE!
Ralston never asked if I was involved with “Dane’s effort.” He asked if I was helping to fund “that
effort.” I didn’t even know what effort
he was talking about.
The truth is Dane and I had a major falling over 15 years
ago. I didn’t know about his mailers. I never saw the mailers. And I sure as heck had nothing to do with funding
them. Dane and I don’t even talk to each
other, let alone work together.
So when Ralston claimed I declined to answer whether or not
I was involved in “Dane’s effort,” that was a flat-out lie…because Ralston
never asked me if I was involved in “Dane’s effort.”
Dane’s name never came up.
And it’s because of this kind of intentional misrepresentation
of the facts that I refused to answer his actual question – which, again, never
mentioned Dane - and wrote that Ralston is not a responsible journalist who
reports fairly and objectively.