I was a little sad to see this POST by Brownfield this morning. He got something wrong, feels bad and doesn't want to continue. I know the feeling. I've been wrong before too. I've been really wrong and it was my fault. However, I learned my lesson and it taught me a lot about the local political scene and what you can't "un-say" after saying it.
If I went with everything I heard about Susie Byrd, I'd have 30 posts a day. People viciously hate Susie and it's very frightening. I have been critical of her and even posted a story about her leveraging with Mike Apodaca that turned out not to be true (at least in the end). However, I like Susie. She's not a bad person and she is definitely not guilty of the many millions of things people accuse her of. For God's sake people were taking pictures of her back yard and passing them around like they were evidence of a federal crime.
The truth is that when you have a blog there are lot of people out there who want you to carry their water for them. They tell you things hoping you'll go run out there and scream it to the world. There are two reasons they try to manipulate bloggers into posting these things
1. Because they know it's untrue and don't want to be the source of the information - the person to get sued.
2. They have no credibility left with the public, so they need to find someone who does to carry their message. Once the blogger has it up on their site, they can then point to it as a credible source.
Norma Chavez is the queen of this practice. Four Names Allala is a quick study as well. Lyda Ness was an expert who even duped KVIA into waving around unsigned court documents like they were real. Oh, and KVIA is still carrying Allala and friend's water even though they've been proven to be liars over and over again.
Because Strelzin is saying the same thing Brownfield said, I assume they were approached by the same people to say the same thing. Strelzin knows better, but doesn't care. Brownfield was likely acting on what seemed like a hot tip. And part of the rumor was true - Byrd's kids don't go to Austin High School. So he runs with it and turns out that it's not true - or at least it isn't exactly how he stated it was. The one kid goes to El Paso High (much worse option than Austin, by the way) and the others aren't old enough or something like that. None of her kids are blessed by the hand of God himself and are allowed to attend Coronado. I'm kidding... but seriously - Coronado is the best.
The entire idea of arming Brownfield with this info was for him to post it so it would become, by default, the truth. Susie is knee deep into helping pass the torch in her district to someone she trusts will do a good job. Discrediting her is as good as discrediting the guy she's supporting. Using Brownfield's blog to spread a rumor was necessary in this case. It gave the false story some wings it didn't have before. Mike Apodaca and Yanez could point people to the blog post and even try to convince KVIA that there's some real shenanigans going on over at Susie's house.
If I were Jim Tolbert and Susie Byrd, I'd be letting voters know that Yanez and Apodaca have pulled Byrd's children into this race and looking to smash them on the way to smashing eveyrone else. Real nice people those guys are.
Brownfield is actually a really stand up guy - he comes out and admits he was wrong. He corrects the story and in the end proves why he should be blogging, not why he shouldn't be blogging. If you can correct yourself - apologize for what you did - and still hold onto your voice, you're more valuable than I will ever be at this. People will know that you are honest. The biggest thing about honesty is to let every one know when you have been dishonest. It takes a small man to tell a lie. It takes a really big man to admit that he did it and apologize. Brownfield is a big man today.
Norma and friends use this tactic to get most of the untrue crap out there. That's why you have idiots at council blabbing about bullshit that could get them sued. Four Names Allala has spewed so much crap that has been repeated, I'm surprised she doesn't have ten lawsuits pending against her. It's all a game of seeing what you can throw out there and see if it gets repeated. Nobody ever goes back and cleans up the record when they were wrong. They just toss out some wild ass accusation and the public bites on it and never takes the time to vet it properly. Stations like KVIA have made the problem much worse by running with anything they get before asking someone with knowledge of the subject about the information they have.
Brownfield should immediately get back to picking on mean my family's business. It's healthy for the city and its burgeoning blogosphere. From now on he should maybe send an email to another blogger just to see what they think. Jaime and I did it all the time - even when it meant confirming shitty news about someone we really liked. Other times, we saved each other from posting something that wasn't true.
So that's it - Brownfield come back, please.