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Town Square's Double Standard

Original post made by Alan Michaels, Atherton: other, on Sep 30, 2011

Something doesn't quite seem right about the Town Square.

An anonymous poster going by the initials JT accuses John Johns of perpetrating a hoax and of damaging the reputation of various public figures.

Mr. Johns who's own reputation was unfairly maligned by Mr. "JT" responds by questioning why the careers of three consecutive Atherton police chiefs were cut short and why one of these, Mr. Brennan took a much lower paying job with the San Mateo County Sheriff.

This raises the question, whom is the Almanac News trying to protect and is the Almanac News being selective?

JT's accusation that Mr. Johns perpetrated an elaborate hoax (one that the if true the Almanac news fell victim to) yet one of Mr. Johns' responses was deleted and the post was locked.

There is a saying that actions speak louder than words.

Inquiring as Mr. Johns did as to why three consecutive Atherton Police Chiefs fell on their swords is fair game.

For that reason the Almanac News should not have deleted his post. If on the other hand the Almanac News feels that accusations of improper conduct or innuendo have no place on this forum, then it should have deleted Mr. "JT"s post.

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Posted by Easy to understand
a resident of another community
on Sep 30, 2011 at 10:58 am

[Post removed. Violates terms of use.]


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Posted by Easy to understand
a resident of another community
on Sep 30, 2011 at 11:12 am

[Post removed. See prior message.]


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Posted by Easy to understand
a resident of another community
on Sep 30, 2011 at 11:39 am

If my posts really violated terms of use, you'd state why they violated the terms of use instead of just posting they did. This really validates my argument that you're afraid of police officers in the community you report on, and for good reason.


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Posted by Fash Ist
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Sep 30, 2011 at 12:01 pm

[Sorry. Post deleted. Please stick to a discussion of local issues.]


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Sep 30, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Alan Michaels,

You bring up some Great questions, and as you can see this is a Very Sensitive subject.

At least the Almanac just deletes the posts they choose to and does not Vanish them as they have in the past.

There is an Atherton Elder alive and well today only because I was watching my computer screen during a 20 minute period when a couple of Atherton residents posted some critical information, which VANISHED right before my eyes.

I hope vanishing posts has stopped.


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Posted by bob
a resident of Woodside: other
on Sep 30, 2011 at 12:30 pm

This is a great discussion because there has never been any confirmation of an investigation and there is no proof of any hoax.It is all rumor on both sides. I feel that there is no investigation, but I could be wrong. No one has any proof of anything at this point.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Sep 30, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Bob,

I agree with you that this is a great discussion, It doesn't matter that the FBI never admits that they are conducting an investigation, they are doing their job.

I personally know several people who have met with the FBI.

I personally know several more people who are interested in meeting with them.

None of this information matters, but it is factual.


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Posted by Fash I.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Sep 30, 2011 at 12:48 pm

[Post removed. The Almanac is not in anyone's pocket and is not the issue here. Please focus your attention on the topics facing Atherton and other Peninsula communities.]


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Posted by Lurker
a resident of another community
on Sep 30, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Um, Bob - how do you know there has been no "proof" of an investigation? By just repeating it, as you continue to do,it won't make your statement any more true.

As stated earlier, at least one source for the Almanac story was able to give a form of proof to the reporter that they were interviewed.

All papers cite un-named sources for sensitive stories. Did it ever occur to you that some people who were interviewed by the FBI wish to remain anonymous for security reasons?

Additionally, at least one former employee of the San Mateo Sheriff's office who has been interviewed by the FBI has been requested by the agents not to talk to the press.


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Posted by POGO
a resident of Woodside: other
on Sep 30, 2011 at 11:24 pm

Isn't The Almanac letting you post these highly critical comments?

In that respect, they are showing more integrity than the New York Times has recently.


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Posted by Solyndra FBI
a resident of Atherton: other
on Oct 1, 2011 at 2:20 am

The FBI is investigating Solyndra. FBI agents are photographed searching the offices and a FBI spokesman makes comments for the newspaper story. All this within a few days of the bankruptcy.

Has the FBI gone to Atherton Town Hall to request any documents since this story broke? Will the FBI ever issue a comment and bring closure to this story?


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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Oct 1, 2011 at 5:09 am

JT continues to abuse the privileges of the Town Forum by posting under multiple anonymous names - has he no honor?


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