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Steve Lopez: The real outrage behind the Whitman 'whore' remark

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http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/.a/6a00d8341c630a53ef0133f4150cbe970b-pi All right, sure. I think we can all agree that it's inappropriate for either Jerry Brown or one of his staffers to refer to Meg Whitman, his rival, as a whore.

What are all the impressionable young students in civics classes supposed to think? Wait, do we still fund civics classes in California?

If you saw the story about a recorded phone conversation Brown had with the Los Angeles Police Protective League, whose endorsement he was shopping for, it's not clear whether it was Brown or one of his snarky minions who used the "prostitute" reference.

But here's the deal: The endorsement went to Whitman, who would have you believe that public-employee unions are public enemy No. 1 and that they've got Brown in their pocket, making him incapable of reining in spending or balancing a budget.

And yet Meg had agreed to exempt public-safety employees from a pension reform plan in which she would move state workers into 401(k)s. Yeah, she's tough as nails, but she'll sell her soul for an endorsement.

If "whore" is the wrong word for that, is "hypocrite" the right one? You be the judge.

Talk to me, California.

-- Steve Lopez

Photos: Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown. Credit: Los Angeles Times

 
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politician, whore, hypocrite; what's the difference?

Nice spin..... A real journalist would have been outraged by this remark, but not you. You are no journalist, you are a Liberal Propagandist!

gabe, MBA

Dude get a life! You are worthless.

Republicans excel at hypocrisy....

First was Brown's comment Nazi comment ... “You know, by the time she's done with me, two months from now, I'll be a child-molesting ...” Brown was quoted as saying. “She’ll have people believing whatever she wants about me.”

“It's like Goebbels,”

Now he calls her a "whore" (and you have to believe it really was Jerry himself who said it given he cant possibly survive being directly tied to yet another verbal assault on Whitman given the Nazi comment). The rationalizing of his comment by his minions that they use "salty" language doesn't fly.

What if he used the term "mick", "guinea", "spic" or the ever popular "N-word".

Would we even be having this discussion?

an ugly looking w_ore...

The entire election process turns every candidate into a whore. Let's face it, they have little choice if they want to raise money and get endorsements.

The only solution is to finance all races for public office so that the candidates selected by the respective political parties get equal exposure (that means each person on the ballot, not just the Republicans and Democrats).

Until that happens, it "ho, ho, ho, on to office I go"

Steve - Referring to a politician as a hypocrite is a little redundant. I think the voters are way over that, they know that deals are made and that public statements don't always reflect private deals. People are simply trying to gauge who will represent them best in the balance, not who called who a whore or employed an illegal. That being said do you imagine Brown is capable of reining in the budget or is not in the pocket of the unions? Or that Whitman can get elected without making a devil's bargain with the same unions, who frankly are getting more than those of us unfortunate enough to work in the private sector. Bottom line Steve, Whitman is a whore and Brown is bought, and we aren't even shocked by that, we just want to know who is going to screw us least. Your statement about 'funding civics classes' suggests that you may be committed to an old fashioned view of civics.


The overriding bias of a newsman is evident in the way he "presents" an incident. If someone in the Whitman camp
had called Brown a "pimp", I wonder if you would have been so ambivalent.

We see the cinder in our opponents eye, but ignore the timber in our own!

if this was said about boxer or feinstein or pelosi, i bet lopez would be on the outrage bandwagon. if you wanna talk hypocrite, i think its the way lopez and the liberal media (did you see how msnbc covered for brown) are covering for brown. they often say its not the deed but the cover up that hurts the candidates the most. in this case its the liberal media that is covering for brown. they should be duly implicated.

Ok, but how do you explain the fact that LA Times won't cover this story because they are endorsing Jerry Brown. It was immediately removed from the front page yesterday. While I don't agree with all the details, and see your point about the hypocrisy, it is still good media. Clearly the LA Times political agenda is the impetus behind story placement, and for that I am disappointed.

Hypocrite and Liar are more appropriate terms for e-Meg than whore.

As a conservative, I am in rare agreement with you. It is disgusting the way public employee unions more or less control the state. It's like the mafia. But as a practical person, who really believes Jerry doesn't do the same thing? He was pissed she got to them first. The Democrats have been in control of the legistlature for how many years? And how bad is our unfunded public employ pension liability? So I'm still sticking with Meg. At least she has created some private sector jobs around here. Plus, I love Ebay.

Public Safety Personal deserve and earn there pensions ... State cafeteria workers,paper pushers,assistants of assistants,and other mindless state employees not so much ... Seriously does a tater tot slinger really have the same day to day issues police or fire personal have, I think not.

Whitman will try to use the issue to divert attention from the illegal immigrantissue and other issue. She'll ignore her sell out to get an endorsement. Just as Brown would. Whitman is just as much a politician, for better or worse, as Brown. Now, we return to your regular programming

Steve

When the world realizes that it is really about the candidates agenda, nothing else. And if there was a candidate that did not really care about what party they are affiliated with and really dug into the real problem, financial waste and mis-management. I believe there is plenty of money for so much and to help so many, but it has to stay out of politician pockets and go to where the needs really are. That kind of candidate would be smartly refreshing.

California will probably say, both are politicians but Brown has way more experience and that's what's needed. He was there and saw how California went from golden state to bankrupt with gridlock in Sacramento. Whitman wasn't even interested in politics until her run and unlike a business, a state is a far more complicated entity to run. I say Brown FTW.

Whore is absolutely the right term for this, although it is a bit sexist since Jerry Brown is just as "whored" out to the unions. At least Jerry Brown doesn't hide the fact that most public employee unions support him. But it is very strange why Meg Whitman wanted the support of the police unions - after all, even if Jerry got the union endorsement, many cops are reflexive Republicans and would have voted for Meg anyway.

Amen to that, Steve Lopez!

She didn't sell her soul; she sold out the wallets of Californians.

Ol' Moonbeam could have called her every name in the book, shoved her grandmother and kicked her cat and you would STILL want him in office!!

Your right on with this one Steve. You get to the top in business by selling your soul, and Meg is the queen of it. When you knowingly do something that is not in the best interest of the state for political gain once, expect it to continue and grow like the plague.

I have no doubt that Whitman is a hypocrite in this case. In my opinion, public employee unions should be absolutely forbidden from political donations and endorsements. The very politicians they are helping elect, are the same people who they negotiate with for wages etc. I say this as a long time union supporter and member.

Are you really this much of an ass? If this was a Republican aide, the race would be over, the candidate would be history and the news media would be screaming 24/7 about this horror.

Are we to belive that Meg and company are all sweet and nice when the discuss Jerry Brown? Especially after her hiring an illegal as a nanny and blaming Jerry for releasing the information. The only thing Jerry has to apologize for is defaming all the woman of the night for using the name and Meg in the same sentence. What a non story.

 
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