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8:30 a.m., Feb. 22
Caitlin Rother, crime author and former U-T investigative reporter, tonight (March 27) issued a longer statement on her role in an investigation that was done of Carl DeMaio prior to the November mayoralty election. On Sunday, the U-T printed a long story, suggesting that there was an unethical smear of DeMaio. Actually, a packet of information about matters of public record on DeMaio, and particularly on his partner, publisher Johnathan Hale (who has changed his name from Wykcoff to Hackett to Hale), was distributed to media. This is not uncommon in political races.
Initially, "I thought I was signing on to do pure political research," Rother writes in her revised statement. However, the mandate then changed to having her do"legitimate balanced journalism." However, that didn't work, so she wound up just gathering public documents -- "good, bad or neutral" -- on DeMaio and Wykcoff Hackett Hale. "Once I was finished with my work, I stepped away," she writes. She says it is "ridiculous" she was involved in gay-bashing or gay-baiting.
A link to her statement accompanies this. Best, Don Bauder