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Posted Sept. 16, 1:45 p.m.

ACCURACY, ACCURACY, ACCURACY
In the item that follows, I originally referred to Jeffrey Andersonas a freelancer. He's a full-timer. My mistake. Sorry.


Posted Sept. 15, 7:17 p.m.

SUCH A DEEK
Our sister paper, LA Weekly, ran a story by Jeffrey Anderson on Adam Yahiye Gadahn, the nutbar who went from getting kicked out of the Islamic Center of Orange County mosque to--authorities allege--delivering videotaped terrorist threats. What's got our gold lame panties in a bunch is this passage:

Besides a 2004 story inThe Orange County Register, local press coverage has overlooked the alleged Gadahn-Deek connection. TheOC Weekly has explored Deek�s innocence, as asserted by his brother and attorney. Earlier this week, it noted that Deek �has never been officially named on any U.S. government terrorist list.�

Perhaps the fog of the war on terror has hindered some in the media from putting together the more troubling details of Adam Gadahn�s journey.

Them�s fightin� words, Jeffy! From the beginning, our fearless reporter, Nick Schou, has been all over the story of former Anaheim resident Khalil Deek, (and, exploring the terror suspect's possible guilt, most recently, JUST LAST FUCKING WEEK!!!). Now, being a might bit offended by Anderson�s assertion, Schou fired off the following letter to LA Weekly�s editor, Laurie Ochoa:


Dear Editor,

�The Wild Goat Farmer,� by Jeffrey Anderson, (Sept. 16), provided an interesting account of Adam Yahiye Gadahn and Khalil Deek�s possible involvement in an alleged Southern California al Qaeda �sleeper cell.�

Unfortunately, I have to differ with Anderson�s claim that besides the Orange County Register, �local press coverage has overlooked the alleged Gadahn-Deek connection.�

That�s simply not true. In fact, I�ve written about this very connection three times for OC Weekly, beginning more than a year ago, in June 2004. (One of those times was when I included Gadahn--and mentioned his reported relationship to Deek--on OC Weekly�s 2004 list of Orange County�s Scariest People.) Nadia Afghani also wrote one article for us that discusses this connection.


In his piece, Jefferson also states that �OC Weekly has explored Deek�s innocence as claimed by his brother and an attorney.� That�s true as far as it goes, but it�s only half the story, and implies that I never explored Deek�s guilt. In fact, I did explore Deek�s guilt--among other things, by interviewing and quoting the same terrorism experts that Jefferson cites in his article.

As someone who has written numerous articles for LA Weekly in the past, I confess I felt a twinge of irritation that I didn�t even get a phone call from Anderson or his editor. But as a former intern who�s familiar with LA Weekly�s stringent fact-checking standards, I�m also surprised that this process failed to inform what I must say was a rather glib mischaracterization of my work.

Nick Schou
News & Investigations Editor
OC Weekly


SEAL BITCH
Those landlubbers over at the LA Times have a front-page story today on the war between Newport Harbor-area residents and sea lions, while the Times-owned Newport Beach/Costa Mesa Daily Pilot chips in with letters from readers about the barking beasties. The whole matter is scheduled to come to a head tonight when whiny waterfront residents go before the Orange County Harbor Commission, and plead, perhaps, for the right to club �em to death, as the area�s long ago Assemblyman Gil Ferguson once famously suggested. But we here at Clockwork believe these folks are being shortsighted, or whatever the aural equivalent of shortsighted is. For the one benefit of all those noisy sea creatures is they adequately drown out all the foreign tongues wagging on the city�s piers, which are a magnet for inlanders looking for a meal at the end of a fishing pole.


POWER TO THE PEOPLE!
Two upcoming events should excite those who like to lug signs, harrumph-harrumph in audiences and shout down elected officials or dignitaries. First, all us rabble-rousers who have an affinity for keeping at least some of Orange County open space are invited to �a crucial public hearing� at 7 p.m. on Sept. 27. That�s when the Orange City Council will hold a public hearing on the controversial Rancho Mission Viejo development, which the Sierra Club and Orange Hills Task Force describe as a �4,000-home monstrosity that will scar THOUSANDS of acres of north OC�s remaining open space forever!� Project foes would like you to contact them beforehand if you�re going to speak because, with only three minutes allowed per speaker (who is not a project developer; funny how that works in the good ol� USA, eh patriots?), they want to make sure what folks are saying is accurate and varied enough to drive all the right points home. In other words, these folks wanna be as consistent with their talking points as the GOP, Republican politicians, conservative talk radio hosts and Fox News is with their squawking points. The meeting is at Orange City Hall, 300 E. Chapman Ave. (with abundant free parking--hell, they've giving parking away!--in a lot on the south side of the street.) A �trove of relevant official city planning documents� can be found here.

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