Fog City Journal writes elected officials are obligated to give an honest and truthful answer to any question posed by journalists. The fourth estate, after all, is an essential component of our democracy that functions to protect the public from abuse of powers and to inform the public about important issues.
“The mayor is happy to talk to any reporter and any reporter from channel 7, but has made it clear on a number of occasions his views on Dan Noyes."
~ Nathan Ballard, The Mayor’s Office of Communications
By not responding to Noyes’ question, Newsom comes across as weak and incapable of handling tough questions. Are we to conclude that Newsom has something to hide, or that he lacks the skill to deal with reporters he perceives to be hostile?
Essentially, this is the baseball equivalent to Newsom standing in the on deck circle until the Channel 7 I-Team replaces ace pitcher, Barry Zito, with a reliever from the bullpen to lob a few soft balls his way. What a wimp?