There’s a well known tactic that is used to take down one’s enemies in the world of politics, and that’s to just simply attack them, regardless of the merit of the case or whether or not you have facts on your side.
It’s called being, “politically charged.”
You throw allegations around, you make charges directly or indirectly, often through the press, who you “leak” a story to, and you let the press go to work — repeat the claims, do hit pieces, and before you know it, you have the desired effects: appearances of impropriety, one-sided stories, the court of public opinion buying into it all and ultimately, perhaps, resignations.
Well, let’s hope that doesn’t happen with the recall efforts related to North Las Vegas Judge Catherine Ramsey. And from what we’re seeing, it looks like the judge is doing the right thing and taking up the fight to win back the court of public opinion and not let herself be defined or tarnished by others.
The judge has been labeled “unethical” and “dishonest” and is having to defend herself against charges that she has “misappropriated public funds.” As often happens in these cases, the public only gets one side of the story. Why? Because it generates news, it generates controversy, it generates day after day of stories that the public pays attention to. This writer has on more than one occasion heard top editors tell their reporters to “go out there and make some news.”
We’ll get into all the details in future posts, but for now, just be aware that there is — as there often is — more than one side to the story.