It looks like we had an interesting brouhaha here at BfAZ while I was out-of-town.
In A rather disappointing ‘October Surprise’, our BlueMeanie went after Steve Lemons of the Phoenix New Times for his coverage of Doug Ducey’s connection to an Ohio Organized-Crime Family: Special Report: Arizona Gubernatorial Candidate Doug Ducey Hails From an Infamous Ohio Organized-Crime Family.
Ironically, as I was reading BlueMeanie’s post, before seeing the comments, I thought: “How does he know this is the October surprise?” Based on one of Steve’s comments, it seems my thinking was correct.
If I understand the criticism correctly, folks here think Ducey’s familial connection to the mob was not newsworthy. I wonder about that. I get that we can’t choose our family members. But the point of a story like this is not to blame the candidate for the sins of his family members. Rather, it’s to get folks asking questions. And thinking. If an Arizona transplant from Toledo reads Steve’s report and suddenly remembers something about the Scott crime family that ties Ducey more closely to its activities, would the report still not have been worthwhile?
The reactions of my Facebook friends to Steve’s post, by contrast, generally were favorable.
Steve made a mistake by engaging here in the comment section. I’m not sure what he thought he was going to accomplish there.
But the fact remains he’s one of the best, if not the best, investigative reporters in Arizona. And this piece was no exception. Already, Steve forced Ducey to admit the family connection. Ducey may have to reconcile this with earlier glowing statements he made about his mother’s family. And ultimately, additional information may come to light, connecting Ducey in a disqualifying way to his mob family.
Okay, that’s my dissenting view. Let the sniping begin!