What a wasted opportunity. Especially because Newsom obviously is looking longingly 2,726 miles east at that big White House.
Here are some obvious questions any Epoch Times writer would have asked. Let’s start with foreign policy, because it’s the most important thing a president does, with particular attention to the governor’s record.
"California Gov. Gavin Newsom praised the “journalistic integrity” of a news outlet that reportedly has ties to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and was recently designated a foreign agent by the Justice Department.
"He made those comments during the annual gala for Sing Tao Daily, which is considered to have a pro-Beijing slant and has received money from both major political parties in the U.S.
"During his speech, Newsom appeared to thank editor in chief Joseph Leung for his staff's 'balanced' coverage.
"'Joseph, your work has been a labor of service—not only to the Chinese American community throughout the Bay Area but all throughout Northern California community as well. I want to commend you and your incredible staff, your leadership team at Sing Tao Daily for your dedication to journalistic integrity and for providing balanced news stories to Chinese Americans and beyond.'
"He later added: 'You represent the best of California and you remind us, as always, that diversity is our strength.' ...
"According to Radio Free Asia, at least two of the company's directors serve on the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, which serves as an advisory committee for the Chinese Communist Party's legislature."
California Policy4. Governor, as you are touting the “California Effect,” why has the main result been the state’s population in your four years in office declining by 500,000?
5. You’re attacking Republican Govs. Ron DeSantis of Texas and Greg Abbott of Texas. Why are those are the main destinations of those fleeing your policies?
6. You attacked those governors in the NY Times interview for “banning books, banning speech, intimidating not just teachers but librarians.” But how can books readily available on Amazon be “banned”? And how is speech banned if it is available easily on the internet?
7. Do you think the people, the voters, especially parents, have a right to control how their tax money is spent on materials in schools and libraries?
ConclusionBack when Republican Gov. Pete Wilson was exploring a presidential bid for 1996, he came to the Orange County Register. Our Editorial Board grilled him hard—on his tax increases, on his failed education plan (soon improved), and on abortion (he was pro-choice; most Republicans then as now were pro-life). He complained to our publisher, who stood by us.
My guess is Newsom isn’t going to be inviting me soon to a Q&A session. I can’t even get his press office to return my emails and phone calls on routine questions. Even though I blasted their policies in print almost every week, the offices of Govs. Wilson, Gray Davis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Jerry Brown all responded quickly to my requests.
That’s what professional press secretaries do. I was one myself for three years, 2017–2020, for state Sen. John Moorlach, who always insisted on quick responses to press inquiries, even hostile ones. It’s called keeping the public informed.
As Newsom dances toward the Oval Office, somebody better start asking him some tough questions.