Not for nothing, and I usually don’t toot my own whistle (although I have been told I should), but I had to send this letter to Los Angeles Times reporter Joel Rubin because enough is enough.
Sunday, August 3, 2014
Dear Joel et al,
For the record, I am not a “community blogger and activist.”
I have worked in the State Assembly and United States House of Representatives as a press secretary, as the deputy to a sitting a mayor and currently work as a political and media consultant to various elected officials, political campaigns, and organizations.
It is hard enough in the city of Los Angeles to find work, especially in politics being Black and female, without being labeled in the Los Angeles Times as a “community blogger and activist.” For those who label themselves as such, I take no issue with that, but I have never referred to myself as that and it’s not a trend I am trying to start or have repeated.
I work entirely too hard to be reduced to a “community blogger and activist” in the Los Angeles Times. It feels like a slap in the face and the Times’ way of discrediting the fact that I published LAPD Captain Peter Whittingham’s open letter first as well as the connection between Chief Charlie Beck’s daughter and Sergeant Hoopes with what many view as an unfair disciplinary process within the department.
If you recall, like with the Detective Frank Lyga story, I reached out to you first and so did Captain Whittingham. In fact, because of my contacts in the news media through my work, I reached out to quite a few people. When no one responded with any interest, I decided to write about it because I felt it was too important to let it fade into obscurity.
Add to that, I intentionally reached out to the Los Angeles Times because I felt that the issue deserved a bigger audience than my blog and said as much in the email that I sent out.
I am not mad or upset, but interested in correcting the record on how I am referenced. I define who I am and not the other way around. If there was confusion, someone should have called me.
Please make the correction.
Jasmyne A. Cannick
Update 3:37 p.m.
Los Angeles Times crimes editor Matt Lait called and apologized. Apparently, the Times didn’t mean any harm, they were trying to give me credit. I accept that but in the future hopefully we’ve an understanding on titles and such. Thanks Matt.