The Los Angeles Times today issued a withering condemnation of City Attorney Carmen Trutanich’s expected DA campaign platform – bankrupting the Occupy LA protesters in order to boost his profile ahead of his confession that he is running for District Attorney.
It’s a cheap stunt, something one can now routinely expect from Trutanich, but this time the victim of Trutanich’s plan to make people pay for public gatherings and expressions of free speech is not a wealthy corporation like AEG, it’s hundreds of jobless, homeless and hopeless Occupy LA protesters who could not even afford to bail themselves out of jail.
In addition to the LA Times’ editorial condemnation of Trutanich, the Times also published a Ted Rall cartoon exposing Trutanich as an anti-free speech shakedown conman.
That the LA Times appears so willing to issue such an unequivocal condemnation of Trutanich is likely to be seen as a harbinger of media reaction to Trutanich’s campaign to become District Attorney.
Gone are the days that Trutanich could count on the media to support him as the ‘anti-business as usual’ candidate. Instead, they now appear to view him not only as the antithesis of everything he said he stood for, but as an anti free speech terrorist and a grandstanding blowhard who will do anything to get his name in the press.
Trutanich’s plan to sue and bankrupt the Occupy LA protesters will likely cost the City of LA much more than his failed ‘criminal aspects’ investigation into AEG’s handling of the Michael Jackson memorial. Trutanich has refused to disclose the costs of his year-long fiasco of an investigation, but based on his own comments to City Council, his Bureau of Investigations was fully occupied in trying to find an apparently non-existent crime. For Trutanich, the costs were probably not a consideration compared with the publicity it generated for him.
But if Trutanich thinks victimizing the Occupy LA protesters with another ‘criminal aspects’ sideshow will work again to help his campaign to become District Attorney, he appears to have made a big mistake. Trutanich has made bullying threats too often, and like the boy who cried wolf, his credibility is in the toilet, and the media are not afraid to say it.
Posted by Joe Friday at 9:09 PM