A new Facebook group called Support Sam Adams has announced:
Rally for Sam:
Friday, 1/23 @ 5:30pm in front of city hall!
I am not yet certain that I want him to remain in office. I need answers to questions (that the media has helped to raise, but not to answer.)
However, I AM certain that I don't want the choice of who is or is not Portland's mayor to be decided by the corporate media, the puritans, or the homophobes. Nor do I want their impatience to rush or override the deliberative processes of the citizens or the mayor. So, I will be there to defend democracy and popular elections.
...There's only one question that I see as having any relevance to the public: "Did the mayor use city money to silence a reporter?" (presumably to cover up that the mayor had lied.)
The corporate "media" has resources to snoop into private lives. And, within one day of hearing the mayor's confession that he lied during a political campaign (shocking indeed! I don't think I've ever heard a candidate admit that before!), their editorial boards have the audacity to demand the posthaste abandonment of due processes (i.e., the election that put him in office, trial by jury if he is accused of a crime, and recall procedures if voters want him removed).
The one thing the so-called "media" seem unable to do is their JOB: investigative journalism to get the facts and report them to us. If they did, WE could have the answer to that one question that is relevant to us so that WE could decide what, if any, demands we should make, or actions we should take, regarding the mayor's continuing in, or departing from, office.