Dymally sets record straight on critical article, 11/76


State of California
Office of the Lieutenant Governor
Mervyn M. Dymally
Lieutenant Governor

November 15, 1976

Dear Friend:

You may have noticed a recent news article in which I criticized certain aspects of news coverage of my two years as Lieutenant Governor.

More specifically, it dealt with a story carried by the Sacramento Bee in which the Bee attempted to raise questions about my relationship with a constituent, John David Gardner, a Los Angeles pharmacist, who has at times run afoul of the law.

The Bee ran a reply article from me, and the Associated Press then carried a wire story attempting to condense my main points.

I thought you might like to see a copy of my original article. The first ten pages were run by the Bee; the other four pages were omitted by the Bee, apparently for space reasons, but contain points of a general nature on media coverage of Black elected officials. They are also attached, and so designated.

I think these are questions on which we need a continuing dialogue. I welcome any comments you may have, favorable or unfavorable.

Mervyn M. Dymally

Not printed or mailed at government expense

LL-1-p-2 through LL-1-p-10: article and letters referenced on LL-1-p-1

LL-2-b-1 through LL-2-b-10: Duplicate of LL-1-P-1 through LL-1-P-10