By Joanna Friesner
As a long time subscriber to the Davis Enterprise, I am very disappointed in their lack of analysis and due diligence in discussing the DA candidates. They have repeatedly endorsed Reisig in spite of the objective and legitimate criticisms raised by many in Yolo County.
What’s particularly inexcusable – and antithetical to any organization claiming to be a community newspaper – is their unwillingness to consider the facts and report objectively on them.
The Enterprise demonstrates bad reasoning in their endorsement – the ultimate disservice in their duty as a newspaper with the (supposed) objective to inform and reflect the values of its community.
To dismiss those that support challenger and public defender Dean Johansson with the trivial, cheap shot that “attacks on Reisig have been driven entirely by ideology” (Enterprise, Friday, 1 June) is unforgivable conduct by a “news” organization, ignores support for Johansson’s proposals, respect for Johansson’s integrity and character, and concerns about the current DA’s policies.
My ideology is justice and fairness and treating people equitably.
The Enterprise’s duty is to rigorously analyze and compare the statistics of the current Yolo County DA to all other California DAs with respect to acquittals, convictions, plea deals, number of jury trials, number and types of charges filed for similar offenses by defendant type (race, age, gender), comparable violent crime statistics, and public funds used to implement these actions.
The Enterprise’s endorsement, devoid of this critical analysis, is factually misleading and not value-neutral or benign in impact. An immediate outcome of their avoiding their responsibility to present a balanced assessment of facts and statistics is to leave people unchallenged in their beliefs that their own ideology supports fair and equitable treatment.
Especially for those in Davis that view themselves as progressive, fair, and unbiased, this allows them to vote for the incumbent who will continue the punitive, costly, and draconian practices that, in large part, will never affect them or their families directly. Long-term outcomes will be in lives lost, families destroyed, and money squandered, none of which will lead to a fairer, just, equitable, or safe, community.
Joanna Friesner is a Davis resident