Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Deconstructing Doug Robinson

From Doug Robinson's article: "For months, Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon vowed he wouldn't spend public money on Dave Checketts' soccer stadium" FALSE. Mayor Corroon always said he would approve the right deal. He never discounted the use of public money. "Corroon turns down the stadium project because he says he is protecting the public interest and doesn't want to use public money for it." FALSE. See above. "Corroon, still enjoying his new popularity, repeats that he will listen to any funding plan as long as it is the people's will." FALSE. Mayor Corroon always said that he would approve a deal that made sense for SLCo. He never put a "people's will" qualifier on any plan. "On Aug. 12, Corroon takes the bait like a hungry bass." FALSE. RSL and others asked Mayor Peter Corroon to present to them a plan that would be acceptable to the county. This he did August 11.

11 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's too bad you can't actually desconstruct Robinson rather than just his rant.

It's pretty clear that his primary motivation is a dislike (or at least a dismissal) of soccer. All his views were therefore colored by that. Not only his Carroon views, but also his misrepresentation of the history and future of soccer in this country.

And it all leaks out in his last sentence: "If you're among those who are still wondering how soccer suddenly commanded such attention and interest and, now, money, welcome to the club."

8/23/2006 06:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's too bad you can't actually desconstruct Robinson rather than just his rant.

It's pretty clear that his primary motivation is a dislike (or at least a dismissal) of soccer. All his views were therefore colored by that. Not only his Corroon views, but also his misrepresentation of the history and future of soccer in this country.

And it all leaks out in his last sentence: "If you're among those who are still wondering how soccer suddenly commanded such attention and interest and, now, money, welcome to the club."

8/23/2006 07:00:00 AM  
Blogger JM Bell said...

Robinson, who is usually a pretty decent guy and a good writer, really came out as pretty hostile in this last anti-Corroon rant.

It's always odd to see what will flip a switch with a reporter and Doug's vitriol filled mass of misrepresentations and invented quotes is all the more startling due to the fact that I can't recall him doing this before.

I think that Mayor Corroon's plan was a clear example of thoughtful, responsible governance, under very bizarre pressure from the GOP machine under the heavy handed and duplicitous control of Dolan and Curtis.

Who knows what shenanigans the Republicans in the legislature would have pulled next year and how damaging that would have been to Salt Lake County?

Also, I agree with anony above about Doug’s probably hating soccer. I personally think we need a pro rugby team, but, I’m pretty sure I’m in a minority on that one.

8/23/2006 08:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Corroon did say he was not comfortable with something the public did not support.

8/23/2006 08:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've always been big on Corroon. (I even worked on his campaign)

But when he flip-flopped on the soccer stadium he officially moved from statesman to politician.

I had such high hopes for the guy.

I can already see the knives being sharpened for the 2008 mayoral race.

8/23/2006 10:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Corroon sold out - This will come back to haunt him and the rest of us.

8/23/2006 10:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with anon above. I'm a Republican, but did not support the Workman/Ivory debacle. I was really impressed with Coroon when he stood his ground on the stadium and the public funding. I'm very disappointed in the change in position or at least the perceived change in position as reported by the local (never very honest) media. He was a shoe in for my vote in 2008, now I will be watching closely. I wish him success, because that would be good for all of us, but bowing to the blackmail of the few makes me wonder.

8/23/2006 10:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Corroon ends up being the loser in this situation at least we know who the winners are. Curtis and Dolan not only get their stadium, but they get to blame a Democrat (and a popular one at that) for funding it. Sneaky bastards.

8/23/2006 11:26:00 AM  
Blogger Reach Upward said...

What's with all the anonymi here? I lean conservative and have little excitement for public funding of entertainment/sports. But when Coroon said no, it was just one skirmish in the war. He was forcing people to go back and rework the deal until it got to a point he figured the county could go along with it. I don't read this as a sell-out of his principles.

8/23/2006 11:56:00 AM  
Blogger Kerrith Black said...

I am a huge soccer fan. When the World Cup is taking place on the far side of the world my sleeping patterns change to accomodate watching as many games as possible. I recently returned from Washington D.C. where I even paid money to watch Real get their asses handed to them by United. That being said, following this fiasco, I will NEVER drive to Sandy for a Real game. As a general rule of thumb I avoid Sandy but when you add shady politics to the equation I am done.

8/23/2006 12:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Double-posting anonymous is on to something: a deconstruction isn't just a refutation. You have to take the writers words and get behind them and take them back to their tropes.

Oops my English Major is showing badly now.

In anycase, the refutation is sound.

What is more interesting is that the response has not used the loaded political term "flip flop."

--Anonymous by flip-flopping choice!

8/23/2006 07:01:00 PM  

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