David Whiting: The Register's New Bootlicker

[Moxley Confidential] Gordon Dillow may have left the building, but his cop-loving spirit lives on

According to Whiting, the real story still isn't about police brutality, but rather "loud, bombastic leaders" who "spew vitriol" against the three city councilmen—Dick Jones, Pat McKinley and Don Bankhead—who defended the tainted cops and pretended the Thomas murder wasn't alarming. Jones, McKinley and Bankhead wear the white hats in Whiting's mind, while the troublemakers are Bushala and KFI's John and Ken, who've refused to let Fullerton PD bury the story and want the council trio recalled.

"Perhaps we've heard enough of their grandstanding," he proclaimed in an Oct. 20 column.

Encouraging public contempt for the real heroes in a major government scandal is, well, contemptible. "I've received phone calls and hundreds of emails, many supportive and many others filled with obscenity-laced anger," Whiting wrote. "A voice message last week called me a limp-wristed, wannabe tough guy, bootlicking fascist. My wife assures me I'm no fascist."

Misplaced humor over a sickening fatality might delight the PD boys. But it helps underscore the fact the Register has found a new bootlicker—ironically, the very man who once lovingly edited Dillow's columns. Listen carefully, and you might just hear the sound of someone engraving a new name on a "Humanitarian of the Year" police plaque.

 

This column appeared in print as "The Orange County Register's New Bootlicker: Columnist David Whiting's Kelly Thomas coverage proves Gordon Dillow, his shameless predecessor, never really left the building."

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19 comments
Goldeboy7
Goldeboy7

I'm not sure why my earlier comment was deleted...Come on OC Weekly, let's see you do some coverage on the implications of Tony Bushala funding a recall. Normally you guys would be all over this.

Guest
Guest

I have to say, why hasn't OC Weekly investigated how Tony Bushala is singlehandedly financing a recall effort ($30,000 out of pocket I believe...) to buy a city council of his choosing. The guy has a history with RDA's and interesting real estate choices. I would think OC Weekly would look more closely at this side of the issue.

Ricardo Cabeza
Ricardo Cabeza

The OC Register has been a rag for a few decades now. Your column highlights the shallow and superficial editorial content of that daily tabloid.

DubV
DubV

That's how we see those uniforms behind the Orange Curtain..

Joe
Joe

OC Weekly is enjoyable to read with all the investigative reports and unbiased stories. Nobody read OC Register any more. Most of their good reporters at OC Register were gone because all the "Sr. Bootlickers" and shamelessly promote the advertisers or enteprise criminals whoever willing to pay for a price or gaining power.

Joe
Joe

It takes you this long to know about David Whiting "Boot Licker" Mr. Whiting is Kiss Up and Kick Down for a price. All the powerful cop union and DA are his friends in Orange County. Mr. Whiting has a new invincible friends from China and some big names from Chinese community.Be careful and hope you don't cross him.

Joel Beers
Joel Beers

R. Scott Moxley: When an Orange County Journalism Hall of Fame is created (probably by Freedom newspapers) if you're not in the inaugural class it will be a travesty!

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

what is an OC Register? Is it one of those machines that stores put your hard earned money into when you buy something from them?

Frank
Frank

Well written article. I say "boycott the register". The register has one sided reporting.

busta nut
busta nut

OC Register comments are a ghost town with their new system.They can fuck off.

TheDude
TheDude

I could not stand Dillow, the guy was a major idiot, always defending cops and their beating ways, and now we have whiting, another kiss ass!

When I was an MP in the Marine Corps, one of the first things we learned was accountability, if you do something wrong, you're going to get punished for it, not covered up. It's about time, these civilian cops start having some form of accountability!!!

Lap Band Dan
Lap Band Dan

Come on Mox. The register is a fine publication, did'nt you see the kiss ass piece I wrote about the editor leaving at MY BLOG.

I am cub reporter, with a sherriffs card, so I know journalism when I see it (I also how how to be a whore for hits to my site!).

Even though I am democrat, I support the police, can't you tell how I avoided the Kelley Thomas story, until I had to send some love to Sharron Quirk-Silva (who really did NOTHING until the other shoe was dropping). Man that was close, when she was so concerned about the Thomas incident that she flew to Washing DC for Loretta's wedding and then had to rush back leaving her husband behind. Wheew! She almost got labeled out of touch and uncaring. But, now that she's getting ocks for the homeless, she's all good.

So anyway, quit picking on the OCR guys, I already anm 69'ing with Galvan, "Hat Tip", so things can get better.

BTW - did you see these assholes on the lawn in Irvine.

Zzyzxblvd
Zzyzxblvd

Whiting is a tool who gets paid six figures to do nothing while his underlings do all his work for him. Also, back when he edited the Reg's entertainment section, he was by far the most self-centered pompous ass in the newsroom. One time he wrote about a show that ran in print with four major fact/typo errors in it ...

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

I gave up on Whiting after he reported on the OC Jail experience. I agree -- he's a kiss-ass.

DonWill58
DonWill58

Very well written Scott, I still remember your articles on the Ashley MacDonald murder, You are a man of common sense! :)

De Collins
De Collins

Very nice article, well written and so sad that its all so true.

Darrell  G.  Bezet
Darrell G. Bezet

FRIST COME,S OUTRAGE THEN COME,S CRURAGE.TO STAND UP AND BE COUNTED.POOR KELLY; HIS BLOOD CRIE,S OUT FROM THE GRAVE!!! AND WE THE GOOD PEOPLE OF FULLERTON HEAR HIM AND SAY TO EACH OTHER WELL WHAT CAN WE DO,I HAVE A FLY. TO CARE FOR I CAN,T GET INVOLED TO MUCH.ARE I JUST MIGHT BE THE NEXT GUY BEATED TO DEATH OR HANGED IN THE FPD JAIL.!!! WELL I SAY NO GUT,S NO GLORY SPITE IN THE FACE OF ALL THE SO CALLED FPD FACE;: DAM MURDERER,S ALL OF THEM ARE DRITY PIG,S DIE DIE AND TO HELL WITH YOU.!!!!!!!

 
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