It definitely appears to me that North Coast Journal is attempting to stack the deck of public opinion in favor of Ron LeValley’s Mad River Biologists. Where is the background on Roland Raymond? Did his positive accomplishments fail to fit in the Journal's frame that the LeValley and Sean McAlister were duped? There are plenty of examples of how the reporter either stretches the truth and/or calls out conclusions without sourcing or confirmation. If you read the 120-plus comments on the Humboldt Herald, the anonymous blog the reporter lifted the anonymous quote, it is clear that most who participated in the online discussion deeply question LeValley’s and McAlister’s innocence. I’m sure The Journal will say sources, like Craig Strong who said “there is no way in hell (LeValley) would intentionally do anything criminal,” told the story. Not so, for example, the reporter inserted, “Much or all of the cash…may well have been funneled back to Raymond,” with absolutely nothing to support it. How could anyone not smell at least a hint of the stench of illegitimacy? At the core, this was one man who represented a government handing dozens of checks to another man representing a business and both were completely aware no work was going to be done. After this plays out The Journal will be added to the list of people fooled. Judging by the sum of its work the NCJ is a good rag. Disappointment abounds.
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In Print This Week:
Jul 21, 2016
vol XXVII issue 29
The North Coast Journal Weekly
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