By: Diane Benjamin
Nora Dukowitz wants a court to approve why she doesn’t do her job. The Cities 92.9 reporter wanted questions answered and she refused to respond. Since Nora refused to see him at City Hall, he knocked on her door. She didn’t answer (no surprise), so he left his business card. That’s it, no stalking. Nora now wants protection from a member of the press. A very funny view for a Communications Director!
If Josh Schmidgall was an immediate threat to her safety, why is the court date June 4th? Nora would have requested an immediate Order of Protection if she had so much fear. Knocking on a door isn’t a crime Nora!
When the City decided they needed a Communications Director, I wrote at least 2 stories:
The second one includes the City’s description of the job:
The purpose of this position is to enhance City communication efforts with the general public, stakeholders and City employees to increase governmental transparency, foster a well-informed citizenry and workforce. The Communication Manager provides high level organizational leadership and formulates strategy for City communication efforts. This position assists the City Manager, Mayor, City Council and City departments in communicating with citizens, stakeholders and employees. The Communication Manager works to ensure that accurate, consistent, and comprehensible information is received by targeted audiences and assists in identifying target audiences for a diverse set of communications.
Nora is asking a court to say she doesn’t have to do what the City hired her to do if the press is not the Pantagraph or WJBC. Tari is running out of way to silence conservatives, so he is now trying the Nora approach. Tari wants to be free to do whatever he wants, spend and borrow as much money as he wants, raise taxes, and YOU are only supposed to get glowing reports from the approved press. Cities 92.9 stands in his way because they inform citizens. Why do you think he attacked me? Same reason.
Isn’t it funny the Pantagraph disabled comments to their Nora Dukowitz story? Maybe the pretend press didn’t want to hear from citizens. Maybe the pretend press is feeling guilty about not holding government accountable themselves. Maybe the pretend press is just trying to protect their cash cow, the City of Bloomington.
What would the guys who wrote the FIRST Amendment, which guarantees Freedom of the Press, think?
See this story – a few excerpts are below: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/05/founding-fathers-guaranteed-free-press-even-whistleblowers-bloggers.html
In the First Amendment, the Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to fulfill its essential role in our democracy. The press was to serve the governed, not the governors. The Government’s power to censor the press was abolished so that the press would remain forever free to censure the Government. The press was protected so that it could bare the secrets of government and inform the people.
In other words, the Founding Fathers understood that people who stand up to “oppressive” government officials are to be zealously protected … because “shaming” corrupt, powerful people “into more honorable and just modes of conducting affairs” is the only way to preserve liberty, justice and prosperity, and to remain “free and happy”.