Greg Patterson, AZ Board of Regents Member, Restarts Controversial "Espresso Pundit" Blog; Says He Won't Cover University Issues

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Lobbyist and former lawmaker Greg Patterson restarted his popular Espresso Pundit blog last month after putting it on hold for a year when he was appointed as a member of the Arizona Board of Regents.
He's baaaaack.

Conservative activist and former state lawmaker Greg Patterson has cranked up his controversial "Espresso Pundit" blog again, but has sworn off covering university issues because of his position as a state Board of Regents member.

Patterson let his popular news-and-opinion blog go dark for a year after he was appointed to the eight-year term as Regent by Governor Jan Brewer, implying in his last blog post of 2012 that writing about university and Board of Regents issues could be perceived as a conflict of interest.

On April 9, one year after that last blog post, Patterson fired up the coffee-maker again with fervor, filing nearly three dozen posts since then with his take on local politics and routine blasting of the Arizona Republic and other news outlets for perceived bias. Republic editorial writer Linda Valdez is frequently singled out for a reaming, as is cartoonist Steve Benson.

Patterson's a 40-something over-achiever whose posts are smart and often insightful -- until his right-wing political bias and work as a lobbyist get in the way. (In which case we're usually still entertained.)

For instance, in a post that criticizes Channel 3 News (KTVK-TV) for a story promo that compares the state Attorney General Tom Horne to Jodi Arias, Patterson downplays the point of the story -- which was that Horne shrewdly paid his $300 hit-and-run fine on May 8, the day a verdict was expected in the Arias murder trial.

In a follow-up blog post that suggests the Obama Administration sicced the FBI on Horne in order to embarrass him, Patterson makes assumptions that are just as full of bias and unsupported by evidence as anything he's criticized in the daily paper.

Patterson's not a journalist, striving for objectivity. And readers should understand that any particular column might be trying to serve an underlying purpose for his lobbying business. Reaching back a few years, we remembered an interesting example of how Patterson sometimes seems to use Espresso Pundit as a tool for the political forces he supports.

Since Patterson put the blog on a one-year hiatus due to his position as Regent, we asked him how it would be different now. Here's what he said:


The first thing I did was take a full year off to evaluate. That was over and above what I said that I would do. Now that I'm back, I'm announcing today [May 17] that I'm creating a print version of Espresso Pundit that will include guest commentary, and an opportunity for a lot of opinion with which I don't necessarily agree. On the blog itself, I will completely avoid the higher education issues that were a staple of the old Espresso Pundit and I'm making an effort to be more bipartisan.


Yes, it took us a moment to stop laughing about the "effort to be more bipartisan," too. And we wonder if his blog will blur the ethical line in the sand Patterson himself drew -- for example, it's unclear to us whether it's fully ethical for him to write glowing stories about Tom Horne, whose office acts as lawyer for the Board of Regents in civil lawsuits that might cost the state big bucks.

All that being said, as heavy consumers of local news and analysis (who also enjoy having our opinions challenged), we welcome Patterson's return to the blogosphere.



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13 comments
wjhill47
wjhill47

My biggest complaint with Patterson is that he likes to present himself as a jourrnalist. He is far from it. He is a blogger. Someone with an opinion. Who has a blog. It really galls me that Brahm Resnik used to put him on his Sunday morning show and treat him like a journalist.

oscaroscaroscar
oscaroscaroscar

Never keep an egomaniac from blithering on  endlessly....

sarum
sarum

Linda Valdez' recent article referencing a poll that shows Congress less popular than illegal immigrants evidences phantasmagorical thinking.   It is not news, nor is it a valid opinion.  She deserves a reaming or perhaps the editors do.

sarum
sarum

??????????????

sarum
sarum

Linda Valdez deserves a "reaming."  Her recent article 

"Poll: undocumented immigrants more popular than Congress"  appeared to make almost insane "magical thinking" correlations imho.  Sure Congress is unpopular.  Might have something to do with RepublicanJobCreation.com.  Or the facts of their incredible wealth taken at average citizen's expense.  That Obama bypasses them to go to UN.  That US military is apparently no longer answerable to Congress but to the World Government as represented by the UN.  The cozy relationship between Congress and Banksters.  Sheesh!  Illegal immigrants are just another flea on this pig.

Reggievv
Reggievv

The scary part is the arrogance displayed by right wing defenders. Greg just thinks he is smarter than anyone. We were appalled when Brewer appointed him. Just more of the same from Brewers appointments, recycled right wing legislators. And what's have your buds done for UofA and ASU lately, other than cut the heck out of their budgets, and always raising tuition so no one can afford the State Universities.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

its outright scary this guy has anything to do with colleges given his extreme amount of ignorance and lack of intelligence. 

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@sarum lol they are unpopular because they consistently show they dont give two shits about their constituents, and instead they put the party and their own ambitions ahead of them..that goes both ways too. 

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@Reggievv i dont know if theres a way to remove him, but it should be looked into. This guy doesnt belong anywhere near the word Education, being that he seems to lack one. 

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