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On December 5, as noted in the Reader, former City Attorney Mike Aguirre sued the publication CityBeat for libel. It had stated in a November 12 column that Aguirre claimed that Representative Scott Peters, while he was a councilmember, was the most culpable local official in the pension debacle "because he attended Duke University." This was a case of ridiculous telescoping. While he was city attorney, Aguirre had said Peters and then-Mayor Dick Murphy were most culpable in the pension mess because of their prestigious degrees and legal experience. And Murphy was considered most culpable — not Peters.

An official of CityBeat's parent company admitted to Aguirre that the statement was inaccurate, and promised to correct it. Today (December 16) CityBeat ran a "clarification" stating that the publication's columnist "was not implying that Aguirre believes that Peters was culpable in the scandal merely because he went to Duke." The statement was buried at the bottom of the November 12 column, now in the archives. This afternoon, Aguirre emailed the company official that under state law, any such correction has to run in "substantially as conspicuous a manner" as the offensive assertion.

So the lawsuit is still hanging fire.

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Don Bauder Dec. 16, 2014 @ 2:18 p.m.

Missionaccomplished: I am not sure I understand what Ed Decker, a Christian evangelist, has to do with this controversy. (Unless you are alluding to a different Ed Decker.) Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Dec. 16, 2014 @ 2:23 p.m.

Paul Regis: I didn't go far enough in my search. Ed Decker writes for CityBeat. I know nothing about Decker, but I like your invective: it has style. Best, Don Bauder

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Twister Dec. 17, 2014 @ 1:34 p.m.

The biggest issue underneath all this (e.g., the Decker comments) is the herd of elephants hiding in the closet: Self-righteousness is all the same, in a pettin' party or a poker game--everything's gotta stop while they have their silly fit. Equally true "right" and "left."

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Don Bauder Dec. 17, 2014 @ 2:10 p.m.

Twister: I still don't know what Decker has said that is pertinent to this matter. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Dec. 17, 2014 @ 3:12 p.m.

David Rolland: CityBeat ran a "clarification" saying "We want to clarify that Lamb [the writer] was not implying that Peters was culpable in the scandal merely because he went to Duke." CityBeat has admitted Lamb's statement was in error by running the so-called "clarification."

Aguirre filed a dismissal of the suit today. Best, Don Bauder

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