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Fort Bend County, At Large
By Cheryl Skinner

This column expresses the personal opinions/views of the writer. If you would like to express your opinions/views regarding the column, write a SIGNED letter to the editor. Name can be withheld by request with a valid day time phone number.

Bev Bashing

I have become a blog junky—not because of any particular issue but to watch the Bev, the boss, get bashed. There seems to be a small itty bitty tiny handful of extremely vocal detractors of the boss, her ethics and her political orientation. I called her after I started honing in on the site to find out if there are any hidden stories behind this one particular blogger who seems to turn every issue into a negative “It’s Bev’s fault” event. There were issues, of a political nature, in the past. But Bev, being the hardened old journalist (boy, am I in for it) that she is, not only is taking it with a grain of salt, so to speak, she is thriving and feeding on it like a shark goes to blood bait!

Now, I consider myself a seasoned and hardened (OK, Bev, old too) journalist but I don’t particularly thrive on negative press. I have always had the attitude of officials live in a glass bowl and those of us who write about them share the honors—in other words, if we as columnists dish it out, we’d better be able to take it. And, I can take it, but I don’t actually like it.

Bev does. She seems to be exhilarated by the Bev bashing sites. She gets a second wind even on days when she is or should be exhausted from her demanding schedule and the weight of that darn shovel she uses to dig up all the stuff that becomes fodder for Bev’s Burner. Those few people who expend all that negative energy to lash out at her and about her don’t seem to realize they are feeding the shark!

Currently she is being called all kinds of political names—everything from a die-hard Democratic in Republican clothing to a Libertarian and always a “liberal with a liberal newspaper.” Now that is crap! There are several of us who are gainfully employed by this newspaper who are right on the fringe of being serious conservatives, so this is not a “liberal” newspaper by any means. That hacks me off, but back to the topic.

In order to understand the boss, you have to take a trip back to the days when Fort Bend County was all Democrats and Republicans (or the two that admitted to being so) were ostracized, criticized and basically demoralized every step of the way. Yep, I remember those days quite well. The late Lee Eguia somehow managed to get elected to the position of Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3, heralding in a new waive and the resurrection of the Republican Party in Fort Bend County. And, I remember Bev—while the rest of the county (those in elected positions) did everything imaginable to discredit Judge Eguia at every turn of the way, from budgeting, to his day to day operations (I’ll bet the county government audited that poor man on a monthly basis) Bev, who had just launched the newspaper and really had zilch political clout at the time, was supportive of that first Republican and wasn’t afraid to defend his honor publicly when all the Eguia bashing was going on. She attended events he hosted and took pictures, totally incensing the die-hard Democrats who ran the county and the state at the time; she dug up the truth when these same political type folks did their best to end his tenure in office with all kinds of weird claims and she was accused of being a Republican when it was cool to be a Democrat.

Now I really don’t know what her true political affiliation is. One time I think she’s really a closet Democrat and the following day I will think she is a raging Republican. Just about the time I start to believe she is an absolutely hopeless liberal, she will do something that makes me think she is actually a serious conservative. I think mostly she is a hell raiser who likes to expose bad things and bad people and doesn’t give a flip about who likes it or doesn’t like it.

For those out there thinking they are seriously damaging her image or her business, I’ve got news for you - after listening to her explain why this teeniny little group is focusing on her and hearing the gleeful tone to her voice, you people are seriously spinning your wheels. She is feeding on this fodder!

In the meantime, I will read with interest the power that seems to be given to Bev by those who blame her for everything they don’t like in the county. It is interesting to read these posts and it doesn’t cost the $1.89 I usually spend to buy a tabloid paper at the check out stand.

Yes, I do buy those because the headlines entice me to find out the real story and besides after a hard day of serious objective reporting it is fun to read stuff that is slanderous and libelous and accepted for whatever reason they get by with it.

And, that is exactly what I think of this batch of bloggers and their sometimes unbelievable slant on reality!


Contact skinnerc1@tconline.net, if you would like to express your opinions/views regarding the column. Write a SIGNED letter to the editor with valid day time phone number--name can be withheld by request.

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