Glory be, the Politics Extra Blog has a post called “Gay Lobby Day Transcript“:
- I looked for the original piece’s quote of Brinkman (“There are things we should do as a society that are more accepting.”) — IT’S NOT THERE. The Politics extra post says that they have put up a “portion of the transcript” — you would think that, since Brinkman is disputing the quote, that they would have brought their proof of it out if they had it.
- This passage is all about whether a gay adoption initiative is going to be placed on the ballot:
Ted Jackson (described as “President of the Cincinnati Log Cabin Republicans” [LCR] — listed at LCR web site here, though link to Cincy site doesn’t work): â€œBut let me just throw something in front of you: Certain members of the House or the Senate decided to do a legislative move to throw it on the (statewide) ballot, could we count on your no vote to keep it off the ballot?â€™â€™
Brinkman: â€œUhh. Iâ€™d say, fine, you could count on it, but â€˜cause I just donâ€™t see that happening. I donâ€™t think itâ€™s that big an issue.â€™â€™
Jackson: â€œRight. But we never know. We never know the way things expose(play) out. We know that they are used sometimes as drivers. And we got a big election coming up, so.â€™â€™
Brinkman: â€œThis one. I can tell you, we had a big, long meeting with the Speaker (Jon Husted). Itâ€™s not going anywhere.â€™â€™
It is NOT at all about how, as the article claimed, “he would now vote against House Bill 515.”
I fail to see how the Enquirer blog’s post is responsive, let alone apologetic. It sure as heck isn’t sufficient.
UPDATE: Here are the last three paras of an e-mail I just sent to Mr. Craig:
The partial transcript does not have the specific quote attributed to Mr. Brinkman in today’s print edition of The Enquirer (â€There are things we should do as a society that are more accepting.â€), nor does it contain information relating to, as the article claimed, how â€œhe (Brinkman) would now vote against House Bill 515.â€
Your post is said to be a partial transcript. I would suggest that if the rest of the transcript contains material responsive to Mr. Brinkman’s principal complaints, the operative suggestion would be: Out with it.
Otherwise, it would appear that the retraction and apology Mr. Brinkman seek would both be in order, and well ahead of when papers hit the driveway tomorrow morning.
UPDATE 2: At 1:40 PM, Mr. Craig apparently responded thusly to Mr. Brinkman’s complaint:
I attended the meeting with Brinkman and the gay lobbyists. There will be a clarification in tomorrow’s newspaper with reference to HB 515 because in the editing process, the representative’s additional comments about being against putting it on a statewide ballot were cut.
If you have any other questions, please let me know.
Enquirer Columbus Bureau
This is as non-responsive as the Politics Extra blog post that took place 2 hours later. Again, where’s the proof of the quote, and where’s the proof that Brinkman said he would change his vote? Nowhere to be found.
NOTE: I’ll only take comments at this post about the accuracy or inaccuracy of the reporting, not the legislative issue involved.