The following (starting with “I’m mad as”) was written Tuesday before Signal Publisher Chuck Champion addressed the City Council Tuesday evening regarding, among other things, the Bill Miranda controversy. Chuck stated that he was aware of the issue for several months and it precluded him from entering into a business arrangement with Miranda.
I can hear the critics now: Sutton and the Gazette were made aware of this by Champion and The Signal, pushing us to expose it. While Chuck is a business partner and friend, I will tell you with all honesty, he never made me aware of his knowledge of the matter before the Gazette broke the story on April 21.
As I’ve stated publicly and privately, the source that provided the Gazette with the information is not connected with The Signal, the SCV Chamber or the Latino Chamber in any way and Chuck Champion, to this day, is not aware of who the source is. Also, the information sent to us occurred after Miranda became a public official.
I’m Mad As….
Please allow me to vault into self-indulging ranting — “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!” Yep, that’s right, it’s from the movie “Network” when the news anchor loses his marbles on the air and goes into a ranting diatribe. Well, that’s me right now. No matter what I say, what I do, no matter what any of my business partners say or do, the Gazette is falsely and inaccurately accused, by some, of being a lackey for The Signal.
So, I am mad as hell (if I say I’m not going to take this anymore, I’m not sure what that looks like, so I won’t say it), but if you think for a nanosecond this is the case, then I will tell you right now, you don’t know what the freak you’re talking about. You have no clue what goes on inside these walls, and you sure as hell don’t know me very well. Because if you did, you would know that in no way, shape or form would I tolerate any interference or forced views, even subliminally, affecting this newspaper. If that isn’t enough for you, you can kiss my right-wing, conservative, Tea Party ass! (I don’t know what my political inclinations have to do with this, but it sounds good.)
Miranda Ad Nauseam:
During the same show on KHTS radio in which Bill Miranda heavily insinuated racism on the part of the Gazette, he also pulled the Rotary Club’s Four-Way Test card on me. I’ve been a member of the local chapter for 16 years, even serving as president for a year. It is a fabulous worldwide organization that does great things for folks in need. Miranda was a member for a short time, and yet decided to challenge my devotion to the Rotary Creed in relation to the Gazette’s coverage of his ending tenure as the Latino Chamber’s CEO.
Rotary’s Four-Way Test for all we think, do and say:
- Is it the truth?
- Is it fair to all concerned?
- 3.Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
- Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Bill thinks I flunked the test by publishing the article and should be ashamed of my Rotarian self. I will turn the tables back at him by asking:
Mr. Miranda, I ask you fair and square if what you are doing now by: claiming you have proof as to what happened financially with the Latino Chamber’s gala in 2014, the subsequent merger with the SCV Chamber, and your refusal or inability to provide such proof is …well, living up to the Four-Way Test you so vigorously accused me of violating?
Does your thinly-veiled accusation of racism on the Gazette’s part stand up to the Four-Way Test? What about slamming my integrity with clueless and reckless claims of buckling to others’ demands to publish the article you are so emotionally defending? How does that hold up to the test?
I will say it again; if Mr. Miranda provides the documents he claims, he has to alleviate the discrepancies in regard to the finances in question. Then the Gazette will run a front page retraction. The fact is that, as of this writing, he has not followed through on his pledge to do just that.
Miranda, Carl Goldman and I all agreed we would reconvene on the air (KHTS) this Friday (5/26), but thus far, that commitment has gone unheeded on Bill’s part. Instead, he is asking to delay the show until the end of June. He also contacted our reporter requesting to meet with him last Friday (5/19), but when asked to confirm the meeting, Miranda put him off for two weeks.
You know my ranting creed: I rant and you, the reader, decide, so go ahead and decide.
An open letter to John Musella (chairman of the board, SCV Chamber of Commerce) and Bill Miranda:
This matter could easily be put to rest by either one of you providing the necessary documents. John, you refused to cooperate, upon our request, by responding with: “I have seen no proof for these baseless claims. As such, I have no reason to spend valuable time digging out the evidence to prove otherwise.” But that’s the whole point, John; the only evidence in apparent existence is missing. I implore you to search the SCV Chamber’s records, because the Latino Chamber’s records (including their final tax return) are nowhere to be found. Bill, I urge you to implore John to do the same thing I’m asking.
Bill, as a cordial friend from the past, I suggest you take a long look at this matter and the no-win situation staring you in the face. If you don’t have the documents and can’t get John Musella to do some digging for you, then just come out and say so. Face your critics with something along the lines of “I screwed up. I don’t have any evidence, and for whatever reason, there wasn’t a final tax return filed. I apologize for the racism insinuations and for my prolonging the matter with what I don’t have.” That would go a long way in cleaning up the messy optic this has turned into.
Back to Regular Ranting:
Dodger Stadium, Staples Center, Rose Bowl, even the COC football stadium — all have concerts scheduled during the summer. For you emotion-driven idealists who break into tears and agony over our president’s push for travel bans to help screen out the people who want to kill and maim us, please take notice. Talk about tears and agony, if what happened at the concert in England were to happen at one of these local venues, please think about how the agony would hit you, especially if someone you care about was a victim.
Please let go of your namby-pamby inclusiveness for all and allow some common sense into your head. Realize we are AT WAR and need every ounce of resources to keep all Americans safe!
Quotes of the Week:
“Since Watergate, the news media has acquired a steadily more arrogant attitude and has moved further and further to the Left. Today, they are adversarial opponents of conservatives, especially the Trump administration.” (Newt Gingrich)
“When I ran for office, I said he is a chaos candidate and would be a chaos president.” (Jeb Bush)
“It’s colorless, it’s odorless, it’s tasteless, and no one gives a shit until they go to take a shower and it’s not there.” (Stacy Fortner, on the water merger controversy)
Gonna vent. I am 79 years old, I have lived through Carter, Reagan, Clinton, 2 Bushes, and Obama. Never, never in my lifetime have I seen a President be scrutinized over every word he speaks, humiliated by the public to the point of wanting to hurt someone, slandered, ridiculed, insulted, lied to, threatened to murder him, threatened to rape our Beautiful First Lady, and have his children also insulted and humiliated. I am ashamed of this Country. I am ashamed of the ruthless, hating, cruel people that have no morals, and feel they have a right to say and do the things they are doing. I don’t know how to fix it. I wish I did. Every other President after they got in Office, were left alone, they weren’t on the news 24/7 being dissected by every word out of their mouths, ALWAYS being pressured to do this or that, and so now, we have the pleasure of discussing tax reform for how long …. whoo hoo, I am sooo not excited. LEAVE him alone! Let him do his job! (Facebook Post)
Letters to the Ranter:
I can’t believe that Miranda played the Hispanic card. No, Bill, this has nothing to do with your ethnicity, gender, age, or intelligence level. Simply provide the financial documents that you CLAIM that you have and that you AGREED to provide. If you don’t truly have them, say so. It really is simple to put this inquiry to rest. T. White
Bill Miranda was the compensated CEO of the nonprofit Latin Chamber of Commerce. He failed to discharge his responsibilities and account for monies that had been entrusted to the Latin Chamber by members, corporations and private donors, It is time for Mr Miranda to man up. If he wants a front page retraction from the Gazette, he should offer to write a front page mea culpa for the Gazette. Steve
I look forward to the Gazette each week and almost fast forward through it to read your rant. That being said, I have known you for almost two decades and have never heard you say anything racist or discriminatory. For Councilman Miranda to say otherwise is absurd. What came to mind about his words was this quote from Hermann Hesse. “If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn’t part of ourselves doesn’t disturb us.” From a psychological standpoint, perhaps Mr. Miranda is projecting what he doesn’t like about himself on you. At any rate, in reading the article in reference, I was surprised to learn there had been a Latino Chamber of Commerce. Would it be okay to have a Caucasian Chamber? Of course not! Why does it seem that those who cry inequality would join or accept anything that segregates, elevates, or lessens another? Latino Chamber, BET Awards, Latin Music Awards, Women’s History Month, and so on. Who decided to make diversity divisive? Let’s just be human beings. Jan
Very disturbing and insulting article by Joe Messina you published. I will not read your paper as long as you allow crazy right wing extremists to publish their opinions. Why not just start quoting Alex Jones? You are losing credibility publishing this nonsense. Messina has no business being on the school board either. Are you a fan of Breitbart too?? Catherine
Ranter’s Note: I responded to Catherine with this question. Thank you for your feedback, just curious as to how Messina’s article relates to the school board?
Messina is on the Hart School Board. A parent posted your gazette article on him on Facebook yesterday and it garnered a lot of outrage. My point in complaining was about the Gazette giving this lunatic extremist a platform to dispense his alt-right views was not liked by many in Santa Clarita. Catherine
Thanks for publishing my article last week. So far, I have had articles published in The Signal and The Los Angeles Daily News. So tired of all these liberals, time to fight back. John Cox is a potential candidate for governor and he looks promising. He was a speaker at our SCVFRW last month. Phyllis
This column is comical, by the way. I marvel at the people willing to sacrifice their integrity to make excuses for this incompetent in the White House. Anthony
Oh Doug. You will be so very sad when Trump, Pence, and Ryan all are gone. President Orrin Hatch sound good to you? Erin