Personally, I don't care what this guy does with his life, or how he gets his kicks. But if you are going to post pictures on Facebook of yourself stripping, getting drunk, sexually fondling a bathing suit store mannequin, posing suggestively with a hot dog, or perched nude in a see-through hammock, all while you are also running for an important elective office in my town, then I will happily post those pictures here. I don't care who you are. It is legitimate news, and the voters have a right to know about who they might be voting for.
And yes, you do have a right to know everything about the candidates, no matter what H. Susan Henderson might say. You also have a right to know all about the publisher of this City's adjudicated newspaper, which you can do by clicking here. Susan has quite a vivid past, and she is extremely sensitive about who knows it.
Besides, just tune into any cable news station, pick up any newspaper, or surf news sites on the Internet. The quirks and foibles of foolish politicians is manna from heaven for newspaper publishers and TV news executives looking for ways to drive audience traffic to their efforts.
And believe me, it works. Tuesday's Tattler post (link), the one that broke the news of Noah's Facebook Follies, is the most viewed we have ever posted here. It has been checked out by over 10,000 people, and continues to attract viewers by the carload. These pictures have now exceeded the world famous Wistaria Vine as Sierra Madre's preeminent tourist attraction.
As any blogger will tell you, traffic is what moves the needle. When you give the people what they want, they will visit your site to see it. And this week it was Noah Green's pictures they wanted to see. We were happy to oblige.
If you go to the Pasadena Star News website you will be able to read their article about the Noah Green situation ("Revealing photos of Sierra Madre City Council candidate surface" - link). And again the result was huge amounts of web traffic. As of this typing it remains one of the week's Top 5 Most Read articles on the Pasadena Star News website, five days after publication. People really do want to know all about Naughty Noah.
All that said, leaving pictures such as that live on a Facebook site was hardly a brilliant move on Noah's part. As Frank Girardot, Editor of the Pasadena Star News, tweeted out to his paper's many readers:
Frank Girardot @FrankGirardot Feb 19 (link): Probably not a good idea to post revealing selfies on Facebook then run for office. Just sayin': http://fb.me/6CSWjKLzw
Did Susan Henderson Credit The Tattler With Knocking Josh Moran Out of the City Council Race? Gosh, I Sure Hope So ...
Last year, a doctored photo of Former Mayor Josh Moran at a city event with Bob Matheson appeared on Crawford's blog along with a rant against Moran and suddenly during the time that decisions were being made to run for council, that photo complete with vile remarks about Moran's character surfaced around town. The original photo was was taken prior to Moran or the public's knowledge of the criminal activities of Matheson. Shortly after the mailings, Moran announced he would not seek re-election.
Susan seems confused here. Was the photo doctored as she says, or was it that "original photo taken prior to … etc?" The supposedly doctored photo was taken by a local photographer associated with the Beacon Media family of newspapers.
I have seen the mailer Susan discusses here, and it is pretty bad. It was forwarded to me by a concerned Terry Miller, Editor at the Sierra Madre Weekly. It also contained attacks on several other people, some of whom are close personal friends of mine. Obviously I had nothing to do with it, nor would I do anything like that, and Susan knows this. Susan Henderson is simply lying, as is her usual practice.
The issue for me was never Josh Moran's friendship with Bob Matheson. It was his factually erroneous denial of ever having known the fellow, made to the Star News after word of Matheson's arrest in Canada for possession of a laptop filled with child pornography had emerged.
My post about this story is here (link). Most of it is based on an article titled "Porn Convict Has Sierra Madre Political Ties," which ran in the Pasadena Star News (link). Here is a brief excerpt from the Star News article:
Other politicians Thursday sought to distance themselves from Matheson. Although he was supported by Matheson and attended several functions, including one at Matheson's home, Councilman Josh Moran said the longtime resident didn't stand out.
"I didn't know him at all," Moran said. "He was just another face in the crowd."
As Richard Nixon once allegedly put it, "It is not the crime, it's the cover-up." Besides, honesty really is the best policy. Especially when there are photos floating around that clearly contradict your foolish statements to a daily newspaper. Pictures tell people a lot, and some still do.
The City Council will be better off without Josh Moran.
Susan Henderson Tells A Really Crazy Lie
As ridiculous as all of Susan's nonsense above might sound, the looniest part of her extended bray is that she accuses both myself and a Councilmember of trying to organize an angry torch bearing mob and then setting some poor guy's house on fire. She falsely bases this on an email I sent to this Councilmember. Most e-mails you send to Citycouncilmembers are public property, in case you have wondered, and can be obtained from City Hall if they like you.
This e-mail was about one of the wackier attempts to post a comment on this blog, in this case a nasty bit written by an obviously deranged individual. It is what I referred to in that e-mail as a "troll post." It is something that was never cleared, and therefore did not appear on this blog.
I screen out a lot of that stuff. As you might guess, I get some pretty wild comments from people, and sometimes I send e-mails of the ones I reject to friends so that we can laugh about them.
But to use that as the basis for accusing an elected official, or Sierra Madre's finest and most effective blogger, of doing something illegal to somebody else? Sheer insanity, and quite possibly libelous.