Fauquier Times is dubbed “The Minority Report” (TMR) for its representation of the views of a minority of Fauquier County’s residents posing (poorly, I might add) as environmentalists and conservationists for tax-break purposes. It is owned by Peter Arundel, the polo-playing son of the late Nick Arundel who helped found the Piedmont Environmental Council.
On April 2 TMR published an editorial protecting their friend Holder Trumbo (“Passion, not posturing will best benefit the county”), the Fauquier County supervisor who said his and county critics will need their Kevlar, i.e., bullet-proof vests.
Call that bad-luck editorial timing, it being the same day of the shootings at Fort Hood.
TMR claims Trumbo’s statements won’t mean he’ll soon “burst into the office of Fauquier Times like Rooster Cogburn.”
No, Holder Trumbo won’t. He can’t even shoot straight in politics, and nobody is afraid of him He is merely a bully who needs therapy, and there’s certainly a DSM description for him.
Besides, TMR has been Trumbo’s lapdog, oblivious to the abuses by him and his drones in the county government.
We wonder, however, if TMR might have taken a different approach had it been someone saying county officials and the defenders of their abuses will need to wear Kevlar. We doubt TMR would have called that “regrettable and politically incautious,” as was its weak penance for Trumbo.
Trumbo’s comments and behavior disgrace the county, and are unacceptable for an elected official. His comments extended far beyond “Kevlar.” County critics are “freaks,” a “cult,” don’t have “most of their original teeth,” and “Losers!” says the rabid Mr. Trumbo.
TMR’s editorial is more apology than criticism of this disgraceful behavior by an elected official.
And, of course, no defense of government abuse is complete without taking shots at the Tea Party. TMR accuses the Tea Party of “astroturfing Fauquier County,” which is not only an unsubstantiated and false charge, but is the tired cliché of the old and tired print media. The PEC, with its multi-million dollar budget to protect “view sheds” under its faux environmental mission – now that’s what I call astroturfing.
TMR, though, claims that it is “weary of the outrage game” and claims we are “smarter than this.”
We’re not sure who they mean by “we,” but we read that TMR also takes its shots at “outrage fanned by people who don’t live here.”
Yes, national media outlets such as Fox News, the Drudge Report, American Thinker, The Daily Caller, Washington Examiner and others were busy reporting the abuses in the county that TMR ignored and even supported in its reporting.
Trumbo’s egotistical abuse of power helped create that national embarrassment for our county, then he violated the Fauquier County Code of Ethics with his recent statements.
He should be censured by his colleagues. That won’t be suggested by TMR. It would make too awkward a moment at the next polo match.