I like my city councilman, Sheffie Kadane. He’s done a good job for my district, and he has been responsive to my neighborhood’s requests.
But his staff screwed up. Last Friday, they sent an obvious mail hoax to all District 9 community leaders, falsely alleging that a local TV station reported on a North Park Mall carjacking scheme.
I was the first to tell him it’s a hoax. His staff didn’t budge.
Amidst their refusal to retract and increasingly bizarre justifications, I tipped off Allen Gwinn, publisher of Dallas.org. That resulted in this article: Council Member’s Carjacking Email Debunked.
Responsible government should never mislead constituents. Attention to issues is already scarce; it’s terrible to waste it on a confirmed hoax!
I have no problem retracting misstatements. Nothing less is acceptable from a public leader.
Why was that so hard for Sheffie’s office? Does pride trump the truth?
Update: it’s hitting the Dallas blogosphrere:
- Unfair Park: That’s All Carjacked Up, or: How the NorthPark Hoax Made the E-Rounds
- FrontBurner: Re: NorthPark Parking Lot Carjack Hoax
All they had to do is retract it!