The recent unveiling of Spokane Mayor Jim West’s “double life” has stunned the public—and I’m laughing.
Timothy Egan at The New York Times wrote in his article about West that “people in the state were shocked, in part because Mayor West is a staunch opponent of gay rights.”
The people who are shocked at the hypocrisy of a politician are the best entertainment I have had since the original SNL troupe. You mean he actually passed legislation denying gay rights, yet he was hiding in the closet?
Open your eyes, people. Anyone, including a politician, who is affiliated with a political party with an agenda carved in stone will not agree with absolutely everything on the rock.
Anyone aware of what the “right thing to do” is in terms of a decision they must make in the public eye will naturally abide to it to strengthen his cause and deny any notion that he may be an “other.”
The Spokesman-Review has called West a hypocrite for promoting an antigay agenda, and although that statement is true, people are getting more worked up over his duplicity than the fact that we may have another child molester in the city.
The newspaper has also come under fire for hiring a forensic computer expert to confirm West’s online persona in a chat room through Gay.com, and for creating a fictional teenager who pretended to be friendly with the mayor in instant messages and online chats.
The people who support The Spokesman-Review for going undercover to dig something out that may not have been there are also problematic. People who write news stories are here to report the facts. Yes, they also research the hows and the whys of a story, but if only for the reason of credibility, they should base their research off of people in the position and with the authority to conduct such investigations.
Blaine Garvin, professor of political science at Gonzaga University, calls it “dishonesty” and considers the paper “ethically questionable.” Thank god someone in a position to say so has said it.
The Spokesman-Review Editor Steven A. Smith said the paper needed the extra layer of proof to run its story and wrote his own note to the readers explaining his tactics:
“He has been trolling the Internet for young lovers while serving as mayor of Spokane.”
Yes, I am sure Mayor West’s ambiguous sexual orientation constantly overlaps with his execution of the work he does for our city. Christ—that’s like saying someone with two mothers is at risk for being sexually molested by them— sexuality is a facet all on its own, separate from the means of how people perform at the job.
I’m also disappointed by my fellow party members. Democrats who are taking advantage of this Republican’s “oops” moment are trying to gain leverage by being hypocrites themselves. They are guilty of suggesting that Republicans are a separate breed of humans capable of committing X, Y and Z, and cows would have to grow wings and fly to China before they would ever do such a thing. Right.
Many residents of Spokane and associates of West seemed fascinated by a man who seemed to live two lives. The reality is that we are all living two lives—one which we want others to know about, one which we keep to ourselves.
Mayor West’s credibility is shot only inasmuch as people see him as a potential danger to young boys, nothing else.
His hypocrisy? No.
His double life? Nope.
His confusion over his own sexuality? Nada. Not important.
The only thing that needs to be leaked out to the public is the potential threat he may pose. Save the shock value for something else —sexual predators run wild in Spokane.