Oregonian refuses to retract false accusations over David Darnell

040927jeff_kropfBy Hon. Jeff Kropf,

Oregonian Refuses to Completely Retract False Accusations Regarding David Darnell

“GOP House Candidate Cites Business Ownership but Records Indicate Otherwise”—actual Oregonian headline.

That’s Not True. It’s a factual error. The unassailable fact is David Darnell is and has been a business owner.

David Darnell, candidate for State Representative for House District 18, today reports that the Oregonian has so far refused to completely retract all of the false statements made in an article published on April 22, 2014. They acknowledge they made false statements in the article and have retracted some of them. Yet they haven’t admitted to all their factual errors. In that article, the headline says Oregonian accuses David of not having a current business registration or license, therefore implying that Mr. Darnell produced false statements in his voter pamphlet statement by claiming he is a small business owner.

The Oregonian received a Demand For Immediate Retraction And Correction Of False Statements In Web Article from Tyler Smith & Associates, P.C. on April 23, 2014, which stated:

“…You have acted with reckless disregard for the truth in that article, we demand an immediate correction. In addition you have placed Mr. Darnell in a false light, comparing ownership of a small business to a lie is absurd and reckless. Your own documents show he has been a business owner multiple times over. There are tens, if not hundreds of thousands of small businesses in Oregon that are not registered with the Secretary of State. Registration is not required for most sole proprietors or for most partnerships.
…It is negligent for you or anyone else to re-publish, repeat or refuse to correct the obviously false statements.”

After failing to fully correct the story, the Oregonian received a second letter from Mr. Smith today, April 24, 2014, stating in part:

…The opening sentence of the article places this entire story in a false context and places Mr. Darnell in a false light. You compare and juxtapose him to criminals, when he is a hard working entrepreneur, and it was your lack of knowledge about the business registry that was the mistake. IT DOES NOT MATTER what the secretary of state website says with respect to sole proprietors, or as a partial owner in a business of any type because ownership in those types of businesses is not normally listed on the registry. Your premise is like saying that someone who isn’t in the NBA doesn’t play basketball.”

Former State Representative Jeff Kropf, a spokesperson for Darnell’s campaign, says:

“Our campaign views this attack on small business owners as extremely offensive, and for a writer to be so wrong in their understanding of the facts smacks of some kind of political favoritism toward the other guy.”

David Darnell is running in House District 18 against Representative Vic Gilliam.

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  • Maximus Prime

    Be interested to see what The Oregonian has to say…

  • Dave Lister

    It sure seems overkill to pull the lawyer gun on two successive days over an Oregonian error, especially when they have made a partial retraction. Did the Darnell campaign even try to get a correction on their own? What’s with the lawyers right off the bat?

    • Chap Stick

      Your lips must be so chapped.

  • sally

    It might matter if anyone read the paper, but, alas, they are in such a down spin as to be irrelevant……totally….the fools.

  • bifford

    In response to Lister…
    what a silly comment..the Oregonian wrote a factually flawed article right before the ballots come out and refuse to retract it and you’re concerned about bringing in a lawyer to prod them into doing the right thing?
    You understand what happened? They falsely accused Darnell of not being a business owner and thus lying on the voter’s pamphlet , which is no small thing legally or politically. And they were 100% factually wrong!
    You don’t think Darnell should do anything he can to combat this? Wake up Dave.

  • moby

    The oregonian makes mistakes often, im sure a new disclaimer is on the way

  • Maximus Prime

    lawyers are overkill.

  • Dave Lister

    “bifford”
    Anyone who is that eager to pull the lawyer gun is a knee-jerk reactionary with poor judgment. That’s last resort, not first resort behavior.

    Secondly, as far as the Oregonian being factually wrong, it happens all the time, in all the papers. The Oregonian in particular, now that they have fired most of the experienced reporters. Darnell could easily turn this around by issuing a campaign press release pointing out how stupid it is for the O’s reporter to not understand what types of businesses are registered. W Week would probably pick right up on it; they love every chance they get to bash the O. He could have shown how inconsequential the O has become, rather than show he is a hot head.

    Thirdly, if you believe so whole-heartedly in your position, why do you post anonymously? Try putting your name on your thoughts for a change. As far as we know, you could be Darnell himself.

    • .

      Do dat, Mr Lister and left winger dope’s with ropes replete with noose-ances ‘n pitchforks will be doft and heading with a Daniel Pearl and Nick Berg fervor t’wards sum-what right minded establishments.

      Yassir that’s a fact: OMG, got that, Dave?

  • Jack Lord God

    The argument that lawyers were overkill is defeated fairly handily by the fact that the Oregonian has no issued a full retraction.

  • RHarris

    Actually, with a few exceptions that don’t apply to Mr. Darnell, Oregon law does require that anyone conducting business under a name other than themselves file their DBA with the State.

    https://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/648.007

    But of course, it’s also correct that a LOT of businesses ignore this requirement. Particularly a lot of political “consultants” who use or have used names so that you can’t follow the money in ORESTAR. Then, if caught, they say they forgot. Or didn’t think a solo business had to file.

    So, Yeah, businesses do have to file. But yeah, if it isn’t filed it doesn’t prove much.

    Also, because Mr. Darnells business was winding down, it could be that he was in a wind down phase where the business wasn’t soliciting new clients, but was winding down what they had. That is pretty common as well.

    Whoever “tipped” the story (cough cough) tipped the right reporter. One that knows nothing about business. Perhaps Ms. Zheng should touch base with some experts about business before she concludes that there was any false info here.

  • guest

    Here – and on another issue, the fish wrapper, now ‘beknownst’ minnow, also avoids (stonewalls) “what in tar-nation” questions about the culled-back home delivery that has so many patrons pissed off, the Mt Tabor pissoir drainage subtly seems a trickle in the street leaked from a ‘randy’ Loonard.

    Rx, call the Big D’oh NOW and give ’em hell retroactively if not sooner.

    PS, send Peter ‘principle’ Bhatia off sun devil himself in Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s “dignity village” rather than sew bad cedes about the campus at ASU.

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