The first question on the first day of Mr. Cayetano’s campaign from those reporters likely would have been about his plan to address Oahu’s growing congestion issue instead of building rail, and they wouldn’t have stopped asking until they got an answer.
Not so with today’s crop of reporters. Far as we can tell from the media coverage over the past six weeks, Mr. Cayetano has not been pressed to expand on his “anything-but-rail” plan. All we have are a few phrases dropped here and there about BRT, express lanes and even the San Diego trolley.
How can this be? Where is the reporting that Oahu residents -- especially those on the west side -- require to understand exactly what this candidate proposes to serve them? The explanation just might be found in the Sports section of today’s Star-Advertiser in a column by T.J. Simers of the Los Angeles Times (linked here at the Times' website).
His column explained in a round-about way why he refused to attend a press conference that had been called to hype a boxing match and pump up closed-circuit TV sales. What follows is an extended quote from Mr. Simers’ column in which we’ve replaced his references to sports and athletes with words in parentheses that are applicable to the coverage of Honolulu’s mayoral race.
Whatever the explanation, Honolulu media outlets continue their cursory coverage of the transportation “planning” by the one mayoral candidate who wants to do what someone else did to a similar rail project 20 years ago – kill it.
We’re left to imagine what Bob, Hobe and George would say about 21st century journalism if they were still with us.