Over at the Portland Mercury blog this weekend, Denis C. Theriault covered Mayor Adams' reaction to Lars Larson's attack on City Hall's decision to lower flags to honor the life of Julio Marquez, a slain 13-year old boy:
The first few minutes are feisty—all about Occupy Portland and the latest plan to reoccupy. But then comes talk of a decision this week to lower the flag at City Hall for a slain 13-year-old boy swamped by gang life.
Lars, sounding as handsome as he looks in person, calls the kid a "thug." The mayor says Lars should be ashamed of himself. And it all goes to hell from there, until Adams hangs up because he's too "disgusted" to keep chatting.
As Theriault says, listen for yourself - they have the whole clip over at the Mercury. It's classic Lars - boost the ratings through conflict, then misrepresent and redirect when called out on his bullshit. Kudos to Mayor Adams for standing up to the hatred Larson spewed against a child lost to gang violence, and for being willing to walk away.
The Oregonian previously reported on the flag decision:
"I am saddened that our community has lost a young person to a senseless act of violence," [Commissioner Dan] Saltzman said in a statement. "Julio's story reminds us that each child is a child of this community, and we need to take care of all of our children."