I've had some fun over Dengre's post referring to Bruce Bateman as evil. At the time, I emailed Dengre and told him Bruce wasn't evil, the real evil was Richard A. Pierce, the well educated man who tries to put a nice face on our labor system as the government's paid garment and wage mouthpiece. He once treated my wife, then a $3.05 contract worker and not yet my wife, like garbage because he was late for his tee time at King Fischer Golf Course. Like most people who make their living convincing the masses it is ok to keep poor people poor, he is apparently quite the misogynist. Don't believe me because I said that, read Richard's words to a female Marianas Variety reporter and tell me I'm wrong.
Strangely, I find myself in agreement with Richard on the drug treatment issue, but that doesn't excuse his behavior. In short, our government paid mouthpiece referred to Variety reporter Gemma Casas as a "whore, liar and cunt." The word trash was also thrown in, but that was probably more a reference to his view of her work, not her personally, but who knows with all the rest. This issue was later written about in the Saipan Tribune, as well as the Marianas Variety. Boni weighed in, as did Saipan Glen.
People I respect and like such as Harry Blalock and Brad Ruszala came to Richard's defense, not defending his words, but saying they think the Variety has done some unsavory things in the past using off the record information. See the comments section for their full thoughts. Brad questioned the lack of Gemma's email in the exchange. I've added that.
This is the story that set Richard off. She also wrote this one. Richard blasted the Variety after that first story came out. As I see it, Gemma was quoting something that was said in the House, which she would be in her right to quote. The ethics of Stanley Torres saying that can be questioned, but one can also note that Richard is a public figure doing an extremely dirty job in an extremely dirty business. This is what Stanley Torres said, and he probably shouldn't have said that, even to a guy like Pierce:
During a House session on May 29, Torres, in a privileged speech,
criticized Pierce.“Mr. Pierce wants us to believe that drug test results are
meaningless and that the Legislature shouldn’t be given the results. Maybe Mr.
Pierce’s fuzzy thinking is a product of his own reported drug abuse in the past
and that his apparent two visits to Hazelton drug rehab haven’t really impressed
him about the need for honesty in revealing one’s drug abuse when necessary,”
My understanding is that Gemma asked Richard if what Stanley said was true. According to Gemma, "I didn't use our telephone conversation in the story. I purely based the story on what were on the documents. He's probably using the off-the record argument to discredit me, but his emails speak a volume about his character."
It appears to me that Gemma didn't use a lot of information she probably had, but used the information and documentation Stanley offered in the public session. Richard also initated the email exchange, according to Gemma, and her lone retort to his "what a whore you are" comment was "Thank you but maybe you are referring to yourself. Have a nice day!"
Here is Richard's email in full:
Subject:Re: Fwd: Fwd: Re: Stan's letter
No, I'm the one that doesn't compromise myself everyday by
being a liar. I stand behind my convictions, and do not lie
through my teeth like you. You deceitfully took an off the
record comment I confided about my personal life for
verification before you lied again and printed some crap that I
could care less about.
You are complicit in acts that keep the people that need help
from getting it. All for a sleezy piece of work. What a piece
of trash. Do you not understand that it's exactly what the
fucked up people like Stan Torres say that stop people from
being strong enough to go get help. His stigmatization of drug
abuse as an immoral and indecent personal characteristic keeps
those that need help from coming and asking for it in the macho
piece of shit world people like you live in. All so you can say something
scandaless. What a whore you are.
Here is Gemma's retort:
Thank you but maybe you are referring to yourself. Have a nice day!
Here is Richard's follow up:
This is the man the government sends to Washington to fight to keep our meager minimum wage meager. He is the apologist for the garment industry; A man who has made quite a nickel as the Nick Naylor of the local sweatshops. Quite the gentleman.
Subject: Re: Stan's letter
Obviously, dishonesty plays a vital role in the vile work you (do) at the Variety. I was wrong about you. You are a liar and a cunt.