By: Diane Benjamin
I started BlnNews 4 1/2 years ago because the local media has an agenda. Items against their agenda aren’t allowed. I’m sure I’m not saying anything you don’t already know.
In case you need an example, WGLT made the case for me this week. They did a story about Tari Renner’s petitions being challenged. Kevin Gerrard refused to answer any questions because talking to media is a useless exercise if truth is what you expect from them. They will cherry pick what they want to include and pretend you didn’t say anything else.
Kevin did respond to them by email when their story quoted Tari calling the challenge “frivolous”. Sending an email gave him proof, but it didn’t stop WGLT from cherry-picking. Kevin also took issue with this Renner quote: “I think it’s unfortunate that some people, frankly on the extreme fringes of the right, want to cheat their way into elections,” said Renner.
Below is the email Kevin sent to them – the parts in red are the only parts WGLT added to their story. WGLT also added this statement that is not a quote from the email: Gerrard said in an e-mail response that he is not a member of the far right.
Here is my comment:
As usual, Tari Renner is wrong in characterizing my challenge to his Petition signatures as being frivolous. There is mounting evidence of widespread violations that will be presented at the hearing to included forged signatures and unregistered voters.
As for Mr Renner characterizing me as someone from the far right, nothing could be farther than the truth. I’ve never been a member of any far right wing group, and in fact during the last Ward 1 election, I withdrew my support for Kevin Lower for Ward 1 Alderman, and. I backed Jamie Mathy a left wing candidate.
While I am a frequent critic of the city council, that is all the more reason for me to do my part to make sure this mayor is not reelected. I encourage all readers and listeners to read the BlnNews.com for the truth about how your local government is run. Everything posted there is backed up by documents obtained by the city along with analysis and comments. The editor of that publication is not involved in this filing other than reporting to her subscribers . Local media is too cozy with the current mayor to report honestly, and investigative journalism is out of the question for these local media outlets. Simply said, with the exception of one radio station, the rest of the media have sold their souls very cheaply .
(One note: I corrected the spelling of Mathy)
Space for WGLT isn’t a problem since the story is printed on a website! http://wglt.org/post/update-attempt-filed-knock-bloomington-mayor-ballot
They could have printed the entire email, I would have. They chose to pick out tiny parts to marginalize Kevin.
Here’s my new rules for the media. I urge every candidate for office to use them too:
- Never do a radio interview unless it’s LIVE
- Ask for permission to tape all interviews. If the media mangles what is said, you have proof. I will gladly print their version and reality.
- If the media doesn’t agree to be taped, don’t do the interview. I will gladly print that too.
Unless the local media realizes they have a responsibility to report the entire truth, they never will. As Kevin stated in his email, local media is too cozy to report honestly. They no longer have the ability to do investigative journalism.
That must be why the Blnnews.com reads keep climbing, it’s thanks to you readers who spread the word. Thanks!