The alias comments regularly on The Log’s stories; the user neither confirms or denies direct questions of whether he or she is affiliated with the Sheriff’s Department.
NEWPORT BEACH—Surprise, surprise – The Log was accused of having an agenda. Allegations of reporting with a bias or agenda are common in this business. We were most recently accused of having an agenda in one of our Standing Watch columns. The column was about Lt. Christopher Corn’s actions to reduce the amount of time available for public dock use at Newport Beach Harbor from 72 hours to 20 minutes.
A user who identified him/herself as “Concerned Boater” outright stated The Log had an agenda in its coverage of the public docks matter at Newport Beach Harbor. The Log has, indeed, consistently been covering the use of public docks at Newport Beach Harbor, specifically the change in time for use from 72 hours to 20 minutes. The Log’s reporting, most recently, has been trying to determine whether Corn, as a law enforcement officer, had the sole authority to change the use time, without first consulting with or receiving a directive from county staff or policymakers.
“Concerned Boater” posted the first comment on the article online on Aug. 29, and it read: “The Log, as usual, seems to leave out the section(s) (information) that do not support their agenda.”
Concerned Boater went on to list two Orange County Code sections to defend Corn’s changing of the public dock usage times from 72 hours to 20 minutes.
Watchdog Boater, on the online comments, asked whether Concerned Boater was actually Corn himself. Concerned Boater seemed to indicate he was not Corn.
“That’s funny!!! I do know Lt Corn and have been following this from the beginning. I have spoken to him on many occasions about this and agree with most of their (his) decisions,” Concerned Boater stated. “Unfortunately for him, he cannot make false or exaggerated allegations like some of the posters here. So I can only speak for myself and I do know a lot about what is going on because I do my homework and call out those people.”
After reading this comment this writer did a little research. The backend of The Log’s website lists the email and IP addresses of each person who comments on our online articles. The email address associated with Concerned Boater’s most recent comments is ConcernedBoater@aol.com. There are multiple IP addresses associated with that email address. One of those IP addresses is 22.214.171.124.
There is a comment from Concerned Boater posted on an article penned by The Log’s former staff writer, Devon Warren-Kachelein. The comment was posted on June 3 at 2:41 p.m. on an article headlined, “Orange County’s Docks: A Tale of Two Maritime Parking Scenes.” The email address associated with this comment by Concerned Boater is firstname.lastname@example.org; the IP address attached to the email is 126.96.36.199 – the same location as the comment referenced in the previous paragraph.
We’ve included screen shots with this column. There are eight comments, as of Aug. 28, from Concerned Boater and the 188.8.131.52 address. The address is connected to a building in Santa Ana and reportedly owned by the State of California.
The Log has since reached out to Corn – four times to be exact. We presented this same information to him and asked him whether the email address email@example.com is his or affiliated with someone he knows personally or professionally. Corn’s public email address is firstname.lastname@example.org – slightly different from the “cdcorn” email address affiliated with the Concerned Boater uses on The Log’s website.
Corn – nor the other county officials we reached out – has responded back to The Log to either confirm or deny whether the lieutenant and Concerned Boater are the same person. On each occasion The Log directly asked Corn to confirm or deny whether email@example.com is an email address affiliated with him.
Perhaps either he or anyone else at the county is reading this article? If so, could you reach out and let us know whether Concerned Boater has an affiliation with Corn?