Friday, January 8, 2010

All the News Not Fit to Print

If you're in the least aware of the explosive growth of the so-called blogosphere, you're aware that there's never been more truth to the old adage that "A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to put its pants on."

After the jump, what one Richardson resident is doing about it.

Richardson resident William J. 'Bill' McCalpin has launched a Web site,, with the intent "to review, confirm, or debunk rumors in the local political arena." The site is designed to be expanded nationwide, but as of today, only the Richardson page is populated. Here are the rumors has investigated: appears to be a one-man operation covering the Richardson City Council only, but the Web site's organization and stated mission is sufficiently generic that it has potential for being useful in thousands of cities and towns across the nation. Whether McCalpin can scale his little operation is a different matter. In any case, Richardson can benefit from having a second party digging into the various rumors, conspiracy theories, charges and counter-charges that are more and more being flung wildly in the local political scene. Here's hoping that can be one such resource. Who knows, maybe the site will even investigate the rumor that the Richardson Coalition PAC has a secret plan to put William J. 'Bill' McCalpin himself on the Richardson City Council when current council member John Murphy has to step down in 2021 due to term limits.

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