Friday, June 10, 2011

Contra Costa Times owes apology to Isleton for defamation & libel

Contra Costa Times Offers Weak Retraction to Isleton Cajun Festival's Chamber

Defamation—also called calumnyvilificationtraducementslander (for transitory statements), and libel (for written, broadcast, or otherwise published words)—is the communication of a statement that makes a claim, expressly stated or implied to be factual, that may give an individualbusinessproductgroupgovernment, or nation a negative image. It is usually a requirement that this claim be false and that the publication is communicated to someone other than the person defamed (the claimant).[1]

The Contra Costa Times' shoddy reporting that accused the Isleton Chamber of Commerce of  "operating illegally" printed a weak and non apologetic retraction for driving business away from vendors and  attendees.The new story today still is misleading and smacks of more "Yellow Journalism". 

Isleton chamber resolves legal issues ahead of Cajun Festival

lBy Roman Gokhman
Contra Costa Times

ISLETON -- The city's chamber of commerce is out of hot water and the crawdads are going into the boiling pot Father's Day weekend.

Truth: The Chamber was never in hot water.

Times:The chamber can legally proceed with the re-branded Cajun Festival on June 18-19 after completing all of its requirements with the state, including paying back taxes and filing three years of tax returns and paperwork with the California Franchise Tax Board and California Secretary of State's office.

Truth: They were never " proceeding  illegally "

Times: The chamber has filed all delinquent returns and has no outstanding balance," tax board spokesman John Barrett said. "They are now active and in good standing."

Truth: This Chamber has always been in good standing.

Times:The Cajun Festival is replacing the town's iconic Crawdad Festival, which was canceled the past two years because of the chamber's economic woes.

Truth: It was sold by last group operating as the 501-C-6 who also sold other assets instead of transfering to another non-profit as prescribed by law, members kept festival equipment  against IRS Code  IRS code: "In the event the Corporation shall be dissolved or liquidated, all assets that remain after paying or making provision for payment of all the known debts and liabilities of the Corporation may be distributed among organizations, selected by the Board, which are at the time exempt from Federal Income Tax as organizations described in Section 501(c)(3) or Section 501(c)(6) of the Code and which will continue to use such funds in accordance with Section 501(c)(3) or Section 501(c)(6) of the Code (or the corresponding sections of any future federal tax code), provided that each such organization must continue to qualify as an organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) or Section 501(c)(6) of the Code (or the corresponding sections of any future federal tax code). Any such assets not so disposed of shall be disposed of by a court of competent jurisdiction of the county in which the principal office of the Corporation is then located for such tax exempt purposes and as such court shall determine. In no event shall such remaining assets be distributed to any Director or officer of the Corporation, or inure to the benefit of any private individual.

 Times: The tax board revoked the Isleton chamber's authority to operate in January after the group's previous leaders failed to file paperwork with the Secretary of State's office and also failed to file income tax returns for 2007, 2008 and 2009, Barrett said.A new group of business owners, led by 25 Main Street Deli owner Jean Yokotobi, restarted the chamber last year. But it did not have the right to operate as a chamber or organize any events until it met its requirements with the state last week, Barrett said.Yokotobi disputed that the new chamber was in bad standing but did not comment further."We filed everything back in February," she said. "We were legal back then."

Truth: What Jean Yokotobi said.

While Contra Costa Times and San Jose Mercury News, both belonging to "Bay Area Media Group" have at least reported the partial truth, the public's trust in mainstream media erodes more quickly everyday.

Since The Delta News & Review has broken this story, and notified major media, few are showing Journalistic "backbone" because the Times is one of "ours". Are they really? The Press should be all over news like this no matter how close it hits home.

The public is tired of seeing "cronyism" in all levels of our society where they have especially had faith in the american press to look out for main street america. When the public sees partiality among the media's own when glaringly caught in transgressions, like unethical  politicians, they look for alternatives...thus we have the new frontier of news online and the viewer can fact-check in seconds and find the real deal that reports straight, fair and balanced unbiased news. 

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