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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Guardian Editor Is Finished with the Rancor, Name-Calling Over Chris Daly's Move to Fairfield -- You Conservative, Suburban Twits!

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Even those of you lunching on American cheese and Miracle Whip between two slices of crustless white bread are probably familiar with the operating definition of chutzpah: A man who killed both of his parents pleading for the mercy of the court because he's an orphan.

So, it showed some degree of chutzpah for Guardian executive editor Tim Redmond to condemn the "nasty, ugly discussion" regarding Chris Daly's home purchases in Fairfield in his weekly "Editor's Notes" column. We've noted that nothing bestirs Web troglodytes to bash their cudgels into their keyboards like all things Daly. Yet much of the nastiness and ugliness in this discussion was emanating from Redmond and his colleagues, who saw fit to belatedly rush to Daly's defense with an article titled "Chuck Nevius Is Such a Twit." The 1,800-word screed concluded with a personal dose of verbal saliva aimed at Nevius' eye: "Don't lecture me about journalism, you conservative suburban twit."

Name-calling. That's a hell of a way to elevate the "nasty, ugly discussion" up out of the gutter. Chron columnist Nevius has his flaws -- but as far as the Guardian is concerned, none is as unforgivable as disagreeing with them.

Guardian writers have spent years demonizing scribes from the Chronicle and elsewhere for having the temerity to live elsewhere while reporting on city issues; Nevius has been labeled "suburban" more than any vehicle from GMC. You'd think this line of attack would have been rendered obsolete when it came to light that Guardian cohort Daly purchased not one but two homes in suburban Fairfield and his wife and family were already residing there. Hardly.

After Nevius, the Guardian's next target may be the folks over at Merriam-Webster. The Guardian it seems, is out to redefine the term hypocrisy. Somehow, they'd have us believe that it's now a "personal matter" for Daly to champion bills that would have made it difficult for landlords to evict tenants dealt a cruel hand by the current economy -- then turn around and make cash purchases of the former domiciles of blue-collar folk forclosed upon by the bank. Speaking of personal matters, while giving Nevius a hard time for supposedly hoping to pry into salacious details regarding the stability of Daly's marriage, the Guardian's clumsy, rambling Daly damage-control pieces actually tossed out more awkward details about that marriage than Nevius ever did -- and, frankly, more than I wanted to know.

While we sometimes refer to the Guardian as "the organ of the city's political left," that's not entirely an accurate description. The Guardian doesn't see Daly as subject matter or a politician but its partner in pushing "the progressive agenda" -- which both the supervisor and the paper's editors freely more or less acknowledged in a public tiff on the Guardian's comments section earlier this year.

Of course, only a zealot would say that every last idea emanating from Daly and/or the Guardian is problematic. But agreeing with them some of the time -- or even most of the time -- isn't good enough for them. The problem with rigid doctrinaires is that you really are either with them or against them -- and they countenance no disagreements related to their worldviews. That's why the Guardian feels Nevius is "suburban" but progressives who live out of town are never criticized for it. "Suburban" is just code language for "he doesn't think like us, so he is bad." Why do you think the Guardian is so keen on partitioning this state?

It's this doctrinairre mindset that perturbs us far more than even the loopiest idea emanating from the Guardian -- and makes us hope they never, ever are in a position to tell all of us "twits" what to do.

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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