The Dan Johnson Story
This week's North Coast Journal features a story about local developer Dan Johnson. He's been in the news lately over the Arcata High graduation plagiarism incident. While the story wasn't exactly friendly, it does show him to be a pretty stand up guy in my book. The kind of guy that doesn't ask for jobs, he makes them.
As far as the plagiarism thing goes, yep, so he used something someone else wrote in his speech. Big deal. It should just be embarrassing at worst. I didn't know much about the guy at first, but the story confirms what I suspected from the beginning: He's being targeted for who he is, not the plagiarism.
If anyone else had done the same thing- especially someone left of center or not well known- I'm sure most would have just rolled their eyes during the speech, tried to ignore it and then moved on. The only reason this has gotten so much attention is because Dan Johnson is successful and thus became a political target.
Despite being pretty much a Clinton hater at the time of his Zippergate scandal, I was one who didn't think it a big deal. Clinton lied, and I didn't blame him. The same accusations of Johnson not apologizing enough, or not apologizing sincerely, plagued Clinton back then. I was one of many who felt we should just drop it and move on.