Recently at the end of Jim Cook’s testimony I submitted a letter to the editor to the Modesto bee. Though brief, I outlined the expenses involved in Jim Cook’s testimony along with the result that they got from his testimony.

The letter was not published in the letters to the editor, but I was contacted by Brian Clark advising that there are going to try to have more coverage of the Carson case in the newspaper, but statistics showed that the articles did not do very well.

So apparently the Modesto bee does not feel that the taxpayers have a “need to know” of how their tax dollars are being spent in this county.

But the next day in court reporter Kevin Valine was present for at least part of the day and did an article that was very well written. They Have not been back since, and that was the first time they were there since opening arguments in April.

This weekend I contacted Brian Clark, the editor, with a proposition of a partnership which would be at no expense to them.

Here is a copy and paste of that letter:

Sat 9/8/2018 4:40 PM

To Brian Clark editor Modesto bee:

Our recent conversation has given me idea you may want to consider.

I am in court every day following the Frank Carson case for my blog, if you are willing I propose a partnership.

Every day I will submit to you a short synopsis of what occurred in court, for publication in the Modesto bee if you are willing

to publish that synopsis every day without altering the facts. I understand that editing must be done and there are word count issues.

All I ask in return is that you maintain the facts submitted and acknowledge the source and more details can be seen on Dawgs Blog.

Please respond with any suggestions or ideas or if this type of sharing information is possible.

Please let me know what you think of this proposal as I think that it can benefit both of us.

Marty Carlson

sole proprietor

(Dawgs Blog)

Apparently, the Modesto bee feels local issues are not of value to their newspaper. As most of their articles are stories from out of the area.

Here is a response that I received:

Sun 9/9/2018 7:29 AM

Hi Marty,

I appreciate the offer. But I can’t do that. Rosalio will continue to monitor and cover as necessary. I hear Robert Lee Woody will be testifying soon. We will be there for that and write on other matters as needed. Thanks.

Brian L. Clark

Editor, The Modesto Bee


Work: 209-578-2362


Address: 948 11th Street, Modesto, CA 95354

Most of the reporters from the Bee that I have had contact with, namely Deke Farrow and Kevin Valine, do a pretty decent job and are respectable. Though I have no issues personally with Rosalio Rahumada, his style of cut and paste reporting is mostly repetitive and non-informative, thus the reason for the low statistics on those articles. It also shows the lack of community involvement from the bee and not taking this seriously and what’s going on in this case and County.

Tell me what you think…….