Uh-oh… looks like our friend Stefan is huffing more of the fumes that fueled his paranoid fantasies about King County Records & Elections. This time he thinks he’s caught me an a scandal regarding the leak of confidential documents. I think it’s time for an intervention.
But the weirdest thing about Goldstein’s post is that it links to a document containing confidential legal advice given to the canvassing board under attorney-client privilege.
The ultimate leaker of the privileged communication is most likely Dean Logan himself. Several of the document’s pages were printed from Logan’s own e-mail account, and the document was faxed from Logan’s office (296-0108) —
We owe our thanks to the wonderfully clueless David Owngoalstein for compromising his source by posting this document with the original fax headers intact.
Um… I don’t so much mind Stefan’s insinuation that I am shiftless… but really, you’d think that after a year of having my boot print firmly embossed on his buttocks in terms of credibility and impact, he might finally come to terms with the fact that I am not stupid.
Anyway, as usual, Stefan has jumped to conclusions, reading scandal and conspiracy into some unrelated tidbit, and choosing to adopt an aggressively confrontational stance by burdening taxpayers with yet another frivolous public records request… instead of, um… say… asking nicely. If he had bothered to ask me, I would have told him that I had heard from a media source that KCRE had distributed these documents to reporters, and so I emailed Communications Specialist Bobbie Egan and asked for a copy. I further would have explained that the reason the document appeared to be faxed from Logan’s office is that Egan in fact, faxed it to me from Logan’s office. (As a service to taxpayers, I have posted a PDF of the cover page, so that Stefan can drop his unnecessary public records request.)
In this friendly conversation, Stefan might also have learned that I noticed the confidentiality statements on the documents, and emailed Egan back, asking for confirmation that confidentiality had been waived, and that I was free to post the documents in whole or in part, to which she replied:
Dean has waived A/C privilege and it is considered a public record.
Now, this whole incident is really very petty, but I think it’s a great illustration of the kind of sloppy and paranoid methodology that has plagued Stefan’s work from the start. He uncovers “facts” — like say, that I posted a confidential document — and then spins it into some nefarious tale of corruption and incompetence, without bothering to follow through on the research to back it up. This is why people who got their coverage of the election contest from (un)SoundPolitics are so grossly misinformed about what actually transpired.
And… this is why real reporters are so distrustful of bloggers like us. Especially, bloggers like Stefan.