It remains to be seen whether members of Newporters Vote No on B made a political wrong turn when they mailed a full-color flier to Newport Beach residents last week that gave the impression that the Daily Pilot supported their cause.
But it was doubtless a dirty tactic.
And we ask group leaders to apologize.
The flier used the Daily Pilot’s logo and a quote supporting the group’s cause taken from a reader’s comment on the newspaper’s website. The newspaper prints a selected reader’s response to local issues every day in a “Web Threads” box on its front page.
Those responses represent the opinion of the reader, not the newspaper.
The defense offered up by Scott Hart, a political consultant for the group, seemed snarky, at best: “With circulation for local papers in Orange County down the way it has been, I don’t see anything wrong with a little free advertisement,” he said.