Russell Pearce's Favorite Scribe Linda Bentley Repeats Smear of Mesa Woman

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For Bentley "responsible journalism" means sliming an innocent person, over and over again

I'm getting pretty annoyed at having to berate Sonoran News' nutjob newshound Linda Bentley over her myriad stupidities, but I can't let this one go.

As I noted in a recent column, neither Bentley, her publication, nor the crotchety bigot who runs it, Don Sorchych, have corrected their recent slime of American citizen Benita Lantigua, a private woman whose misdeed, in their screwy opinion, is to have signed the petition to recall state Senate President Russell Pearce, while boasting a Hispanic surname.

In a June 15 piece, Bentley held up Lantigua as an example of "massive voter registration fraud." Wrong-Way Bentley even went so far as to suggest that Lantigua might be a bigamist.

(Free advice to The Bent One: Pull the files, next time, Linda, before you assume that everything you see on the court docket under the same name belongs to the same person.)

Not to be outdone, her boss Scorchych wrote in an opinion piece, based on Bentley's flawed reporting, that Lantigua was "likely an illegal."

None of this is true. As I've reported at length, Maricopa County Elections Director Karen Osborne has told me more than once that Lantigua did nothing wrong. 

The three registrations Bentley got so worked up about simply had not been consolidated by the county as they should have been. 

Lantigua never voted improperly, nor did she sign the petition improperly.

The longtime Mesa resident is also a naturalized U.S. citizen. 

But there's been no retraction or apology forthcoming from the Sonoran News. If Sorchych or Bentley had a shred of honor or an ounce of journalistic integrity, they'd have already run a mea culpa.

Instead, in a meandering, clueless commentary last week on some guy attempting a boycott of the Sonoran News -- which the rag must be taking pretty seriously to devote so much time to it -- Bentley addressed the contention that the Cave Creek pub was "busted" for sloppy journalism in the Lantigua matter.

"Also, Sonoran News wasn't `busted doing it again,'" Bentley insists. "We reported on voter registration anomalies during the Pearce recall effort, which included a Mexican-born woman who was actively registered to vote three times under three different names at the same single-family residence.

"Citizens who have long been concerned about fraudulent voter registration and voter fraud consider that responsible journalism.

"Additionally, Maricopa County Elections Director Karen Osborne confirmed my findings that the woman had three active voter registrations under three different names at the same address."

The passage reminds me of that Yiddish proverb to the effect that, "A half truth is a whole lie."

Did Bentley ever talk to Osborne about Lantigua's registration? Seems she hadn't at the time I wrote my article debunking Bentley's crazy claims. 

If she had talked to Osborne, as any good journalist would have before going to print, Bentley would have saved herself the embarrassment of her error and the possible legal action that may result from it.

But as you can see above, Bentley cares so little about maligning an innocent woman that she goes back for seconds, stating that this "Mexican-born woman...actively registered to vote three times under three different names..."

Yeah, because Lantigua's name changed due to marriage and divorce. 

What does Lantigua's being "Mexican-born" have to do with it? The woman's an American citizen, she went through the legal process to become an American. She has the right to vote, no matter where she was born.

Once again, Bentley links Lantigua's name to "fraudulent voter registration and voter fraud," and has the temerity to call this "responsible journalism."

Wow. Of course, you have to consider the source. Bentley remains a die-hard "birther" despite the fact that President Obama has released his long form birth certificate. She writes about the birther movement's crackpot conspiracy theories every freaking chance she gets. 

Makes me wonder when Bentley's hard-hitting expose on the faked moon landings will be out. 

Apparently, a tin-foil hat is the only requirement for being a "reporter" at the Sonoran News. Not that I care about Bentley's ravings on the subject of birther-ism. No one with a lick of sense takes that bull seriously. Even Republicans run away from it now.

But Bentley's scurrilous, untrue and potentially libelous attacks on Benita Lantigua are an outrage. 

People make mistakes. If Bentley'd own this one and apologize to the woman, I'd let it pass. While Bentley persists in her folly, I feel obligated to respond to it on Lantigua's behalf, and will continue to do so every time Bentley repeats this vile smear.

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wherewasi
wherewasi

FB - did you happen to catch Don's epic fail this week in his column about Russell Pearce Rocks?  LOL!

Cpdenison96
Cpdenison96

Gee, I had no idea that by going to the voter registration department in PA to change my maiden name to my  married one in order to vote, and then doing it again when I got divorced and remarried meant I had 3 registrations???  Obviously, like so many "birthers" and "tea partiers" the facts are just annoyances that get in the way of the twisted points they try to make.  Good job exposing this one!

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

WHEN Bentley gets sued (that seems like a done deal), is she not worried because she has no savings or property and won't be able to pay a dime?

Arek Fressadi
Arek Fressadi

Bentley, formerly known as the "acid queen of Hollywood" according to her ex-husband, who she ripped off for his adobe home off 64th street north of lone mountain.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

The Acid Queen?  As in Tommy by The Who?

Linda your walls are melting!

Arek Fressadi
Arek Fressadi

If you know Ms. Latigua or Sean Larkin, please let them know that there is a multitude of plaintiffs that would join her in an action against Sore Cheeks and the Bent One. feel free to reach me at arek@fressadi.com. The damage these two have done to Cave Creek and Arizona is appalling.

Pit Boss
Pit Boss

I know I should feel angry about the constant lies and deceptions perpetrated by the clearly not-too-bright one-two punch of Bentley and Sorchych. But I can't help but feel pure pity after seeing that web site and reading a few lines of text from their articles.

I think it's perfectly safe to leave these two old, injured and sick wildebeests to the hyenas to feed on. It's the humane thing to do.

Mistalee
Mistalee

Yeah, it's not hard to smell the blood in the water around the Sonoran News. The fact that Scorchych goes completely batshit paranoid crazy like this when anybody questions his "publication" sends a pretty strong message that the business is not doing well.

Last year, the Sonoran News was in deep enough financial mierda that they nearly closed their doors. I doubt things have gotten much better.

Read about it here - http://www.azcentral.com/commu...

And note the several complaints by locals saying that Scorchych mails his damned rag to them every week even though they never subscribed and do not want it. This, it would seem, is the dirty little secret behind the Sonoran News' circulation numbers.

Hey, Stephen- Why don't you write an article about how the Sonoran News flim-flams advertisers by enticing them with bogus circulation numbers?

Geir Smith
Geir Smith

Hi, why do you make a respectful article when you make a slanderous title?

Disfunctional?

Schizophrenic?

Mistalee
Mistalee

1). What makes you think the article is respectful?

2). While Lemons is a talented writer, he's not good enough to slander somebody in print.. He would have to do that verbally.

Mikey1969
Mikey1969

"Citizens who have long been concerned about fraudulent voter registration and voter fraud consider that responsible journalism."

It's not "responsible journalism" when they refuse to take responsibility for their misinformation, and instead try to justify it...  What a bitch, and a waste of space.

EDIT: I emailed her regarding this, and all she has done is spin, spin, spin, claiming that she never made any claims and then wanting to talk about other people in her article(Such as the whole 'Peterson/Pederson' thing), but really, in her diminished capacity, she feels she has done nothing wrong. I offered to put Mr Lemmons on the BCC list so he could follow the exchange, but apparently he has other, more pressing things to do. Oh well, I'm not going to post the emails in a Comment space, that could get too long and involved.. I have now heard from Mr Lemmons and sent the email chain on to him, to see if he wants me to pursue it further and make herself lok like the fool that she is.

StephenLemons
StephenLemons

Mikey, Sorry, just saw this. By all means send them my way. I don't think I've received anything from you, though I could be mistaken. Here's my e-mail:

stephen.lemons@newtimes.com

raging river
raging river

The woman Bentley i landering should sue her for libel.

Mikey1969
Mikey1969

You need to pick one choice and stick with it, Slander OR Libel? ;-)

John Meyer
John Meyer

The only thing that she might have against her in a libel case is that the reputation of these swine is so bad that nobody would possibly believe what they said.  Kinda a reverse libel.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

stating that this "Mexican-born woman...actively registered to vote three times under three different names..."

I think they have something against this U.S. Citizen because she is 'Mexican-born'

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As FB points out, the 'fault' here is at the elections department for not getting the registrations consolidated.  I am not even sure the term fault applies.  An appropriate piece of journalism might call out the elections dept, but not the lady that followed the law and re-registered when her name changed. 

Maybe in the name of states rights as Brewer and Pearce advocate, we should require skin lightening for 5 yrs after citizenship before allowing someone to register to vote?

Doesn't it just irritate you that this Mexican-born woman came to the U.S. and went through the process to become a U.S. Citizen and now thinks she ought to be able to vote and sign petitions against the President of our Senate?  How dare she!  This is the tone I get from Bentley holding on to her position on this story.

In fact Ms. Lantigua, if you want a ride to the polls on election day, I will be happy to give you a lift.  God bless you and God bless the U.S.A.

GC

Stacy
Stacy

This lady followed the rules when you have a name change.  Re-Register to vote .. women get married, divorced, or shorten their name all the time and therefore get a new ID to reflect that.. then they should re-register so that they can vote (with the new prop 200 rules) and their ID can match what's on the rolls.

In this case.. Gerry_C is correct.. the fault is that of the elections dept that should be cleaning the registers as accurately as possible.  Though having elections experience myself, I can tell you that its not as easy as it seems... I'd rather fall on the side of having multiple names rather than dropping names that should not be dropped.

Example.. what if there are two John Smiths registered at the same address.. someone might eliminate one and call it a duplicate.  Yet under further scrutiny you might miss the fact that one is Sr and the other is Jr.

Voter Fraud would have been if the person would have voted or signed petitions three different times using the three different names as if she were three different voters, but that did not happen.   Lind Bentley needs to go back to school to learn what Voter Fraud means.

Mistalee
Mistalee

"Linda Bentley needs to go back to school to learn what Voter Fraud means."

I'd settle for her going back and taking a remedial Ethics in Journalism course.

Stacy
Stacy

She's a poor excuse of a reporter.  Everything that is mentioned in one of her "Journalism pieces" dated Oct of 2010 is quite the opposite.  And yes, she even mentions the birth certificate thing... read it here: http://www.orlytaitzesq.com/?p...

Wake up Arizona women!!
Wake up Arizona women!!

There are enough bad people to pick on rather than some working woman. But then Arizona's women are very vulnerable to being destroyed in this state. This is just another example of a  woman whose been treated like nothing more than garbage to be used by the "powerful" interests and media who spew the hatred.

Enemy of Evil Bastards
Enemy of Evil Bastards

"Bentley held up Lantigua as an example of "massive voter registration fraud."

You obviously missed reading this.  Bentley obviously considers Ms. Lantigua a lesser woman, a lesser human being simply because she was born in Mexico.

It is very disturbing how you are trying to make Bentley out to be a poor, helpless female just trying to make an honest buck.  Just reading about her brings a lot of names that would describe Bentley for what she is, and helpless female isn't one of them.

Your description of her is more of a lap dog just doing what it's master wants, so who is really more disrespectly to her womanhood, Stephen Lemons who questions her motives for writing about Ms. Lantigua, or you, for equating her to a lap dog?

Stacy
Stacy

I wanna slap the shit outta this woman.. but not because she's a woman.. I don't even think of her sex.. I think of her stupidity.

 Honey.. stupidity comes in both sexes... in all races, shapes and colors.   Stop with your "I'm offended you offend a woman" crap.

Mistalee
Mistalee

If you slapped the shit out of Linda Bentley you'd be left with nothing but a pair of shoes and a tinfoil hat. 

Wake up Arizona women!!
Wake up Arizona women!!

p.s. and when women are used by the men to destroy other women, they are are the lowest of scum.

Former Republican
Former Republican

Mr. Lemons, Had no idea hatred ran this deep in Arizona. It's chilling. We feel badly for Ms. Lantigua. 

Mistalee
Mistalee

"The passage reminds me of that Yiddish proverb to the effect that, "A half truth is a whole lie.""

It's been said that a good con is a lie wrapped in the truth.  Bentley apparently thinks a good STORY is a lie wrapped in the truth. Historically, journalism is not a trade that could easily be shamed, but she's giving it a pretty good try.

And Scorchych is freaking out for a reason. His whole paper is a con. He claims on his website a print circulation of 38,000, and much of it is reported to be by mail - to locals who didn't order it and don't want it. Now in the quoted hysterical rant he is claiming a print  "readership" of 240,000. LOL!

Newspapers hype their circulation to sell ads, that's nothing new, but Scorchych's rag is largely filling dumpsters and lining birdcages. And advertisers are getting conned into believing that thousands of people are reading their ads, when the truth is the canaries are using their ads for target practice.

Check out the numbers on Scorchych's own website, and ask yourself what kind of math he is using to claim a print readership of 240,000. when by his own admission his print circulation is less than 40,000.

http://www.sonorannews.com/adv...

The Sonoran News is a paper built on bullshit and hype, and if his advertisers figure out that his claimed circulation is pure bullshit, he is out of business.

And by the way, the wikipedia entry for the Sonoran News http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S...  states that  "With a circulation of over 37,000, it is the most widely read weekly in Maricopa County."  Given that the reported circulation of the Phoenix New Times is 92,000  http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com...  you may want to challenge that.

Reggie VV
Reggie VV

Maybe she can get a job with Murdoch or Ailes at the News of the World or Fox News. She sound like she has the same journalistic ethics as those groups.  Lies and distortions are normal to them.  Why does Murdoch get that much money with him knowing so little about the operations.

Chad Snow
Chad Snow

Funny how quickly they've gone from "MASSIVE VOTER REGISTRATION FRAUD" to mere "voter anomalies".  Inasmuch as Bentley was working side by side with Pearce's hired hand Constantine Querard going through the signatures, she forever lost any claim to responsible journalism.  Linda, you screwed up - big time.  Admit it and move on.   

zooed
zooed

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Tina
Tina

Good point how it went from MASSIVE VOTER REGISTRATION FRAUD to mere "voter anomalies"  which is a subtle acknowledgement of her wrongdoing.  But she compounds her biased intent with the "Mexican born woman" description of this U.S. citizen, and mentions not a word about the valid, proper and legal reason for the three different last names, simply updated for voter registration purposes.  

Linda Bentley has spun herself a tangled web, and I seriously doubt that she'll ever admit it and move on.  

Mistalee
Mistalee

"Admit it and move on."  Ideally, to the Globe or the Star. Covering Batboy is about her speed.

AZGregory
AZGregory

I think a more appropriate position would be spokesperson for the Governor.

Truth to Power
Truth to Power

Can you say "successful lawsuit?"

Jason
Jason

I can. And Ms. Lantigua has Sean Larkin, one of the Valley's best civil attorneys on retainer for a potential lawsuit against Linda Bentley and Sonoran News publications.

Tina
Tina

Jason,Are you the same Jason who wrote the first comment on the Lemons'  PNT slideshow "SB 1070 One Year Later: We Are Still Not Complying"??  Please reply. Doesn't sound like you.  

Tina
Tina

Georgia did get sued by the ACLU & other civil rights groups on 7/2. Their new governor, Nathan Deal, was a congressman last year, and right after SB1070 was enacted here he tried to introduce a similar measure in congress, got nowhere. The committee chairman refused to even grant it a hearing.  Looks like the white supremacy group FAIR (whose toady Kobach authored 1070) with its unlimited financial resources is connecting with the dumbest of states.  Agriculture in Ga. has reportedly really been hit because farmers can't get the workers to pick the crops. One small town Georgia mayor is one of the many plaintiffs in the class action suit against the state of Georgia. 

I'm glad the feds got involved with suing Alabama, which has now taken the "title" from Arizona as worst of the worst.  

Jason M.
Jason M.

Alabama got sued by the feds over its immigration bill (you know Eric Holder didn't read the bill and it's on yahoo.com). Now they know what it's like to be the laughingstock of the United States. And they don't have mentally ill and corrupt politicians like Pearce in office over there. Just Republicans. 

After Arizona got sued, thanks to Pearce and Jan, other states followed suit. Apparently Georgia didn't get sued over its immigration bill.  

Tina
Tina

Thanks Jason. (It was the "brown asses" depiction that seemed out of character, possibly not you.)

You and I are on the same page. Immigration is a vast and complex international and national matter, involving trade, diplomacy and circumstances among nations. Conscientious immigration reform by Congress and the prez  is desperately needed.  It won't be easy and the idiotic "one size fits all" mentality exhibited by corrupt simpletons like loudmouth Russell Pearce is of course counter-productive.  Yes, the DREAM Act should be a part of the overhaul, and yes, help and cooperation with the Mexican government is imperative. 

Excellent summary: "This issue has become a huge problem for both America and Mexico. It is going to take the resources of both governments to solve it, not corrupt politicians like Pearce and Joe."

Jason M.
Jason M.

Doesn't sound like me, although I don't support illegal immigration and I don't believe 1070 was the way to go.

I would like to go on record and say that I have absolutely no problem with Mexicans or Mexican-Americans. I am friends with several Mexicans. They are a part of the United States.

What I have a problem with, and I'm sure everyone here can agree with me, is the illegals and the stalemate in Congress over an immigration/citizenship overhaul, with the DREAM Act as a part of the overhaul. While I sympathize with their situation in Mexico, illegally entering the U.S. doesn't solve the problems for them, it only makes it worse.

I do believe that America needs to work with Mexico to help secure the border. The feds are doing what they can with what they have but they need help from the Mexican government.

This issue has become a huge problem for both America and Mexico. It is going to take the resources of both governments to solve it, not corrupt politicians like Pearce and Joe.  

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