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Tuesday, November 16, 2010 'SF Government Examiner' Is Going to Jail

Posted By on Tue, Nov 16, 2010 at 11:30 AM

Working for, you'd be lucky to come into $200 anyway
  • Working for, you'd be lucky to come into $200 anyway

A self-professed "examiner" of government officials could do worse than spending a little time in jail. Hell, we've had our share of elected officials doing time in the clink.

But the real lesson of's "SF Government Examiner" heading to jail is that will hire just about anybody. We're not entirely sure what Kent Schisler's qualifications were to be "SF Government Examiner" prior to Monday's verdict that he spend a day in jail for harassing a retired Wells Fargo executive.

But his qualifications for harassment -- sterling.

Schisler claims Wells defrauded his wife out of more than $1 million -- and has fulminated this claim, emphatically, on multiple blogs, for years.

On Schisler's primary blog, he sees fit to quote both the Bible and Martin Luther King, write randomly in all-capitals, and note that, if only authorities had heeded his years-ago warnings about his convoluted situation with Wells Fargo, the whole immolation of the American banking system could have been avoided. To top it off, the so-called "SF Government Examiner" has an 831 area code.

On Monday, Schisler, 65, was found guilty of harassing former Wells CEO Ricahrd Kovacevich by showing up at his family home -- the culmination of more than a decade of letters and e-mails he'd sent the retired CEO's way.

Perhaps not surprisingly, neither of the two articles the "SF Government Examiner" managed to pen was about SF government. The titles were "San Francisco area SUPERIOR court trial, regarding WELLS FARGO illegal banking's victim, & his wife" (note random all-caps) and "Government, big banks and politicians create evil webs."

Incidentally, the San Francisco Examiner and are not partner organizations -- though they are both owned by Philip Anschutz' Clarity Media.

The San Francisco Examiner, interestingly, saw fit to write about this case. Yet in its otherwise fine article, it doesn't mention Schisler's affiliation with

Update: The San Francisco Examiner now notes that Schisler works for an entity that owns its paper. That's good. But what would be really good is to see more differentiation between the solid and professional work of the San Francisco Examiner's hard-working local reporters and the loons, hacks, and shills who write for

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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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