Breton’s Embarrassing Suck Up

March 22, 2012 - By admin

Steven Greenhut: No one would expect Sacramento Bee columnist Marcos Breton to take on a tough issue or defy conventional wisdom, but his March 21 bouquet to Mayor Kevin Johnson was uncomfortably embarrassing even by his standards. It’s rare to find a journalist whose groveling includes anything this bad: “Mayor Kevin Johnson could become a transformative figure who moves Sacramento away from small-time thinking and leaves the capital in far better shape than he found it.” Breton was championing a corporate-welfare stadium deal that could use some journalistic muck-raking. Instead he heaps praise on the plan and champions the idea that the only thing that stands between Sacramento and world-class-city status is a taxpayer-funded sports complex.

This is the most embarrassing graph: “How did KJ do this when otherS tried and failed for 10 years? Connections, baby.”

This is pretty embarrassing, too: “On the arena, KJ was liberated to tap his strengths.”

Well, at least we know Breton will get his calls returned from the mayor’s office. But this is journalism at its most nauseating worst — a columnist who asks the most conventional questions, curries favor with politicians he covers and champions an insider deal filled with taxpayer funding and cronyism as some sort of big-thinking endeavor. Yuck.

MARCH 22, 2012.

  1. TheTruthSquad says:

    Takes one to know one, right Steve? If you read any of his previous columns, you’d note that Breton isn’t always in the Mayor’s corner. Far from it. Your stuff, on the other hand, is as predictable as the sun coming up in the morning.

  2. David H says:

    It’s nice to know where people stand. That is the way it should be. Politics on the other hand has too much hypocrisy, which is a word derived from a politician who would publicly act like he was a friend to an political opponent, approach him to give a hypocritical hug, and under their cloak was a concealed dagger with which to mortally wound. I was told this story by an attorney, but never check to verify it’s source.

    So Mr. Truthsquid, you think having a basketball team is a priority in an economic recession/housing depression? How may people and businesses are going to to move to Sacramento so they can see a game? Maybe we should nationalize all pro sports and vote the players onto teams? Fantasy world.

  3. Claire Voyance says:

    The Cult of Personality is alive and well in “SacTown.”

  4. queeg says:

    Sactown is either Sodom or Gammorh….

  5. Kris says:

    Thanks Steve, I new it wasn’t just me. His patronage was rather blatant. All in the name of the corporate plutocracy.

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