Orange County's Jon Fleischman, the youthful grand daddy of powerful California Republican bloggers, earned a noteworthy news story in today's Los Angeles Times.
Though he has plenty of critics, routinely treats me with outright contempt (I wasn't good for his onetime boss Sheriff Mike Carona) and strictly obeys a sense of personal loyalty to those who share his political philosophy, Fleischman's informative online operation deserved the attention.
As the Times story notes, the FlashReport is a key daily factor in California politics.
Times reporter James Rainey did a fair job but didn't
necessarily break any new ground for those of us in OC. His key point was that
Fleischman's publication can influence state government
even at the highest levels and in the middle of the night.
Fleischman's allies aren't sure how to react to the story. Conservatives in California hate the LA Times
and are always suspicious of its content. But this story–inadvertently
or not–accurately made the case Fleischman is a heavyweight in state
One key omission however is that Fleischman is the
inseparable pal to former California Republican Party chairman, a Santa Ana
chiropractic insurance king and longtime Times-hater Michael J. Schroeder, arguably OC's most
influential GOP insider.
R. Scott Moxley’s award-winning investigative journalism has touched nerves for two decades. An angry congressman threatened to break Moxley’s knee caps. A dirty sheriff promised his critical reporting was irrelevant and then landed in prison. The U.S. House of Representatives debated his work. Federal prosecutors credited his stories for the arrest of a doctor who sold fake medicine to dying patients. Moxley has won Journalist of the Year honors at the Los Angeles Press Club; been named Distinguished Journalist of the Year by the LA Society of Professional Journalists; and hailed by two New York Times Magazine writers for his “herculean job” exposing Southern California law enforcement corruption.