Tuesday, June 24, 2008

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Posted By on Tue, Jun 24, 2008 at 7:03 PM

A quarter of crow

First of all, it must be said: Massive props to our new info-overlord, Heraldo , for scooping everyone with the tip that a massive federal drug bust was coming to town this week. Respect is due.

However, let me take a moment to play the boring old-school pedant, here. A massive federal drug bust came to town. Was it the DEA? It was not. Is the bust targeting 300 homes? We'll know for sure by the end of the week, but the answer now is fairly clear: It is not. There's a total of 29 warrants being served, unless someone is serving up some spectacular lies. Was the list of homes to be targeted gathered by looking at people's PG&E records? Clearly: No.

The editor in me sees: Awesome scoop, mixed up inseparably with a great big pile of off-the-top rumor and speculation. And generally speaking, rumor and speculation, promulgated as fact, can affect harm people and fuck up society in all kinds of awful ways.

However, I come not to bury Heraldo but to praise him/her. This time. Luckily, the T-shirt currently on sale in the North Coast Journal's online Cafepress store works as both ridicule and tribute, whichever way you want to take it. Buy now.

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