She Whose Name Shall Not Be Uttered: Calling out Total Buzz’ Wisckol

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If you read Martin Wisckol’s writing in the OC Register‘s “Total Buzz” blog, you already know that Tim Carpenter, the charismatic founder of Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) was in town yesterday giving inspirational non-partisan talks on political activism at both Marina and Fountain Valley High Schools.

What you wouldn’t know from the article is the identity of the exciting local Congressional candidate who was the actual cause of Carpenter’s visit to the area, even though Tim spoke quite enthusiastically about her at the events, and is in town to organize PDA canvassing for her.

But you would catch, in the final sentence of Wisckol’s post, a completely gratuitous mention of that mysterious candidate’s opponent, who just happens to be a Congressman friendly to Wisckol, and who used to write for the Register in the 80’s: “Beforehand, while I was checking in with the main office, Principal Paul Morrow went out of his way to let me know that they’d called GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher’s office to ask for a speaker from the other side. So far, he said, no response.”

Doesn’t mean anything, you say, just a simple oversight in a blog entry.  Except, try searching “Total Buzz” for any mention of the mystery candidate, in the seven months since her February announcement, while dozens of stories were appearing in all the other local papers and blogs, and the only thing you’ll find is what must be an accidental, offhand mention July 31 from Wisckol’s co-blogger Norberto Sanchez, quoting her favorably on the new HB City Administrator Fred Wilson.

Since the policy of “Partial Buzz” is obviously a complete blackout of the Candidate Whose Name Must Not Be Mentioned, I have one question for Martin Wisckol:  Why does Norberto still have a job there?


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