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Mr. Bateman goes to city hall (updated w/ comment from Bob)

December 21, 2010

Jordan Bateman

UPDATE: Bob’s chimed in with his own comment. See the bottom of this post.

One of the more interesting ongoing reads is Langley Advance editor Bob Groeneveld‘s blogged thoughts on Langley Township councillor Jordan Bateman.

I bolded Bateman’s name, you see, because he used to be a reporter at the Advance, working under Bob. (New J-lust stylebook policy: on first reference, all current or past community journalists, bolded; on second reference, last name for politicians/regular folks/ex-journalists, first name for practicing journalists.)

Here’s most of Bateman’s profile from his councillor’s website:

Jordan is a trained journalist and writer, having graduated from Langara College’s journalism school in 1996.

He has operated his own successful small business since 2002, an editing, writing, and ghostwriting firm called Outlawed Wonderings Media Group. Outlawed has done projects for many charity, music, Internet, political, and religious speakers and groups.

Before starting Outlawed, Jordan worked for six years with the Langley Advance newspaper, covering Township Hall and other political issues. He has also blogged on current events at Langley Politics Dotcom for more than six years.

In September Bob took Bateman to task for hauling out the super lame “The media did it” defence when he wanted to take back something he said, in that case calling for finance minister Colin Hansen’s resignation on his blog.

Bob wasn’t impressed with the lazy backpedaling after the resignation call, especially considering that Bateman worked for him for six years and expressed contempt for the blame-the-media defence back then.

Bob wrote:

I recall when Langley Advance reporter Jordan Bateman used to laugh at politicians who blamed their faux pas on the media. Many were the times when he joined in the newsroom’s derisive snorts at a politician’s claims that he or she had been “misquoted” or “taken out of context”.

And well did he have a right to laugh. Like the rest of us, he was diligent in his research, careful with his context, and took pains to ensure that his information was relayed correctly to our readers, and in language that was clear and delivered in such a way as to limit the likelihood of confusion.

We know that “the media did it” is code for “oops, I know I shouldn’t have said that.”

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Then, proving what he had of time contended was a basic flaw among many politicians during his days in the Advance newsroom, he compromised his honesty – or maybe he just lost his spine. In any case, the contentious blog item disappeared into some hole in the fabric of cyberspace, and out of that dark, dirty hole popped an apology.

Bateman apologized for speaking the truth.

Now he’s a TRUE politician.

more…

Bateman has big aspirations. He’s the president of the local B.C. Liberal riding and, Bob writes, has eyes on the mayor’s seat. That seat is currently occupied by Rick Green, whom Bateman has regularly attacked.

Bob, though, hasn’t held back with criticizing his former employee, or questioning his motives when Bateman, say, calls for politicians’ mugshots to be removed from township advertising.

If Bateman does take a crack at the mayor’s chair, it will be interesting to see how the Advance uses its inside knowledge to dissect his campaign.

Bob has since wrote in with the following comment:

While accurate, your report comes off a little – probably unintentionally – skewed.
It should be noted that my blog post on the township mugshots issue was an endorsement of Bateman’s motion, if not necessarily his apparent motives.
You also seem to leave an impression that I never have anything good to say about Bateman. I try to be honest about all of our local politicians, which includes occasional pats on the back, along with those kicks in the pants.
And I don’t have any “inside information” about Councillor Bateman that I haven’t already shared with my readers. So don’t hold your breath waiting for me to “dissect” his campaign, when and if it happens.
Even if I try to put an edge on my words, I also try to keep them fair.
And in that vein, I’ll give you a thumbs up on this blog. Mostly good stuff, good direction. Thank you for it.

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  1. December 22, 2010 at 10:04 am

    While accurate, your report comes off a little – probably unintentionally – skewed.
    It should be noted that my blog post on the township mugshots issue was an endorsement of Bateman’s motion, if not necessarily his apparent motives.
    You also seem to leave an impression that I never have anything good to say about Bateman. I try to be honest about all of our local politicians, which includes occasional pats on the back, along with those kicks in the pants.
    And I don’t have any “inside information” about Councillor Bateman that I haven’t already shared with my readers. So don’t hold your breath waiting for me to “dissect” his campaign, when and if it happens.
    Even if I try to put an edge on my words, I also try to keep them fair.
    And in that vein, I’ll give you a thumbs up on this blog. Mostly good stuff, good direction. Thank you for it.

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