SFO Anonyblogger Outed as Mayoral Flack
ABC7 (they call it the same thing up there in Bagdad by the Bay but there it's KGO not KABC) is reporting that Newsom's press secretary Peter Ragone "apparently has been using phony names to post comments on popular blogs," including KGO's own news blog.
Jon Shurkin is a blogger at Sfist.com (yup the same folks who do LAist here) checked Ragone's IP address and found several postings under different names. According to KGO "It appeared that Ragone was using aliases to make more aggressive comments. "
"It smacks of kind of Nixonian political trickery, and it's just not leaving a good taste really in anybody's mouth."The whole affair has news media and political types throughout the People's Republic of San Francisco wagging their tongues. Even former Mayor and California Speaker Willie Brown had something to say. "It raises serious questions about (Peter Ragone's) credibility and effectiveness. ... As a journalist, how can you believe what he says?"
Aaron Peskin, Chairman, San Francisco Board of Supervisors
"It raises serious questions about (Peter Ragone's) credibility and effectiveness. ... As a journalist, how can you believe what he says?"Many of the comments come from someone by the name of "John Nelson." When posts by Nelson were tracked to Ragone's home computer, Ragone responded, "John Nelson is my best friend, and yes, he does stay at my house all the time. Our sons are best friends also. I think we have the same viewpoints on most things." However when KGO got a hold of all the John Nelsons they could find in the city, each of them denied knowing Ragone. Ragone will also not allow the media to contact Nelson directly.
Willie Brown, former Mayor of San Francisco
Chairman of the San Francisco City/County Board of Supervisors Aaron Peskin told KGO that "It smacks of kind of Nixonian political trickery, and it's just not leaving a good taste really in anybody's mouth."