Just finished a long interview with Los Angeles Times’ reporter Dan Morain, who produced the Monday story on the California commission headed by Reiner’s massive $230 in spending on ad campaigns, including a $23 million dollar, pro-universal preschool campaign that ran in late 2005 and early 2006, just as Reiner was collecting the almost 600,000 signatures he needed to put a big tax hike on the ballot in June.
Mr. Morain was game to come on the program, but is fundamentally uninterested in crucial aspects of the story, as well as ignorant of basic facts. Morain believed, for instance, that Reiner was secure in his office for two terms totalling eight years. In fact, Reiner is a hold-over appointee, subject to replacement by Arnold any day Arnold wants him gone (which should be yesterday given reiner’s advocacy for Prop 82).
Morain also seemed clueless on basic accounting matters and on the interest level the public would have in the details. His tone will be difficult to capture in the transcript to be posted at Radioblogger.com later, but the audio will be up as well.
You be the judge of whether the Los Angeles Times is pursuing Reiner the way it went Ahab on Arnold during the recall, that it pursued Chuck Quakenbush, or the roasting it gave the Caesar Chavez family cahrities in recent months.
Mustn’t upset the Hollywood left, I guess, and mustn’t dig too deep when the results might cripple another tax hike in the offing.