Why does The Garden Island keep giving valuable space and credence to people who don't know WTF they're talking about?
First we had the kayak operators speculating wildly about some mad diversion project surreptiously siphoning water from their “Secret Falls” tourist attraction, and absolutely refusing to believe the falls dried up to drought.
Now we have the same reporter, Brittany Lyte, treating Hanalei crackpot Terry Lilley as a credible source even when he's been repeatedly proven wrong.
Yesterday, Brittany gave us the “news flash” that Hanalei River was full of dirty water and there was a brown water advisory issued for the Bay. While this may be a revelation to that newbie reporter, it's old hat for the North Shore after a rain.
Brittany quoted Lilley as blaming a Hanalei River restoration project for the dirt. Yet even after state officials checked out the site, found no wrongdoing and determined “[s]heeting piling installed prior to the recent rainstorms appears to have prevented the flooding of Hanalei River from eroding a soil stockpile and other features at the work site,” today she gives Lilley space to repudiate those findings, without offering any evidence of his own:
At least one environmentalist — Hanalei biologist and videographer Terry Lilley — isn’t buying what the state is saying, however.
Who cares whether Terry buys it? The guy's a total flake, which his own words confirm:
Lilley, who compared the sediment event to the Ka Loko Dam break that killed seven people in 2006 when a wall of water washed them out to sea, said he plans to file a complaint for violation of the Clean Water Act.
Really? Comparable to the dam break? What an idiot.
Yet TGI gives his rantings the same credibility as two inspectors from the state's Clean Water Branch and civil engineers. Just as it gave speculations by kayak operators full weight, without even attempting to contact the folks who actually operate the water system.
Is it any wonder that Kauai residents are so horribly misinformed? They may as well get all their "news" from Facebook or Andy Parx's blog.
As a friend observed:
For all the money these rich guys piss away on dairies and other hobbies in this town, what a great thing it would be to buy TGI and install a professional staff. I guarantee the paper would flourish.