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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Newspaper Apologies, Filner Finally Condemns . . . and the Story Grows

Yesterday, I wrote a post about how The Imperial Valley News seemed to openly mock a veteran's war wounds through a cartoon, now known as The Cartoon. At least that was the opinion of nearly everyone who has viewed the cartoon. The carton was about one of our authors (and now my good friend Nick Popaditch, Once a Marine).

The news spread like wildfire, from the Los Angeles Times and San Diego Tribune, San Diego TV, National Review, Mick Huckabee, Michelle Malkin, Editor & Publisher Magazine, Redstate, and about 100 other sites. My Google alerts were coming in every few minutes. They are still coming in as I write.

Nick was inundated with radio and media requests, the editor of the paper called him to apologize and has now published the apology, and after stalling and hemming and hawing and telling callers he had "No comment" [NO COMMENT?], Congressman Bob Filner (who Nick is running against for a Congressional seat) finally found his cahones and condemned the newspaper for publishing a denigrating cartoon of a veteran.

Now there is a bit of back story. Imperial Valley (highest unemployment in the nation, large Hispanic population, agricultural, and suffering) has always been a strong spot for Nick's opponent, incumbent democrat Bob Filner. Nick, however, is Filner's first real challenger--ever. And he is an everyday Joe who served 16 years in the Marine Corps, earned a Silver Star, commanded a tank, and was critically wounded for his country. And people love him. He walks the agricultural fields, sits in the cafes, and goes door-to-door--waging the kind of aggressive "boots on the ground" campaign a Marine would undertake that Filner never has and never could. And Filner is now losing Imperial Valley.

The other night, right before The Cartoon came out, Nick spoke to a large townhall meeting out in the Valley. He invited Filner to attend and "answer questions with him." Filner initially agreed, and then backed out. Nick spoke for hours to hundreds of people, remaining until every single question was answered. He was applauded, congratulated, and the people there had never seen anything like it.


And the next day, the newspaper runs The Cartoon.

Are Filner's fingerprints on this? I don't know. We do know that in an earlier fundraising letter, Filner said that Nick has "absolutely no qualifications to hold public office." Now think about that: 16 years in the corps, extensive combat experience, as a gunnery sergeant he organized, executed, handled logistics, and commanded men in life and death situations--and he is not qualified for public office? What an elite snob.

Filner is afraid of Gunny Pop. And he has every reason to be.

If you have not read Nick's book Once a Marine, I respectfully suggest you do so. It will change the way you look at the world and your own life. I guarantee it or I will refund your money.

And if you want to throw a few bucks Nick's way, help him out  by clicking here.



Anonymous said...

This should be national news. I am a middle of the road guy, but this is not about politics. It is just common sense about how you treat people. I am glad Filner came out and took the right position, but what else could he do, right? This is a disaster for him, especially if he helped orchestrate it. Now, the Imperial Valley paper can never write something negative about Popaditch. And his image and brand nationally has skyrocketed I would imagine.

I guess I will be watching this race closely. Filner must be a least a bit nervous. This Gunny guy is not going to slink away into the night quietly. I think he would be good in DC. Most of those there now should be tarred and sent home. M. Keifer

J David Petruzzi said...

Thanks for the continuing info, Ted. I hope Mr. Filner is checking his alternate employment opportunities for next year - he's gonna need them, I suspect. And it's indeed good he reached way down deep and found the balls to make a meek and WAY overdue condemnation of the cartoon. Anything more than a condemnation after the very minute the cartoon appeared was too late.
Blessings and kudos to Gunny Pop - he has more qualifications than Filner could ever hope for. Gunny is a real man, a patriotic American and true hero. Once he straightens out his home area, I hope he throws his Marine cap at the White House - he's got my vote hands down. He makes sniveling little ideological socialists like Barry look even more ridiculous. And dangerous.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

A real classy bunch, huh? Consider the source.