Update: A FOIA request has been filed for the original story
By: Diane Benjamin
The ISU newspaper recently did a story on the challenges to Tari Renner’s petitions: http://www.videtteonline.com/news/citizen-petitions-renner-campaign/article_13ba946a-bfb8-11e6-884d-7350b8e0cc9d.html
Don’t bother clicking on the link though, the story has been taken down.
The problem is they included lots of quotes from Renner and very little from Kevin Gerrard, and facts don’t seem to matter!
The local media believes everything they are told. A lot of people would call that being a “useful idiot”. It certainly isn’t journalism! It isn’t a reporters job to parrot what people in power say. Journalists are charged with printing the truth, not the “Fake News” being fed to them. ISU is doing a great job teaching their students to NOT be journalists! A course in transcription would work just as well as their 4 year degree.
Kevin’s first email to the Vidette:
11:28 AM (20 hours ago)
As usual, Mr. Renner is melodramatic. This hearing isn’t costing the City of Bloomington a dime. The Bloomington Election Commission is not a unit of city government. The integrity of the election system must be upheld, and sufficient evidence exists to call Mr Renners Petitions into question. The right to Object to his Petitions is guaranteed by law, and despite Mr Renners marginalizing this action, many citizens are supporting this challenge.
Mr. Renner’s claim that I tried to take over a City Hall meeting three years ago is false and defamatory. It simply didn’t happen. I have never addressed the City Council in person. Perhaps Mr Renner should be asked exactly what date this happened?
Dear Mr. Gerrard,
Thank you for reaching out and expressing concerns over a story on your petition against Tari Renner that appeared in today’s paper.
My co-editor and I are looking into the situation, and we are asking our reporter to reach out to more sources for additional information. She will also be including some of your remarks in the story.
It is currently finals week, so please understand it might take some time for our reporter to finalize her story. However, we will have it updated by the end of the week.
One more from Kevin:
5:17 PM (14 hours ago)
to EmaDear Ms. Sasic,.Considering the fact your reporter ave Mr Renner a considerable amount of space in her article and a yet you opt to limit my response by cherry picking what you wish to print. That’s far from being fair..Your never attempted to vet his defamatory charge by Mr Renner that I had previously interrupted a City Council Meeting, nor did she even bother to ask him follow up questions such as ” when did that happen Mayor Renner ?” or “can you be more specific , what exactly did Mr Gerrard do to interrupt a City Hall meeting?” Instead, your paper gave Mr Renner a bully pulpit to which to deflect his accountability for following the law by attacking those that exercise their right to object to his conduct..I request that my response be printed in its entirety. Also, my response is not to hard to vet that it would take 5 days to do so. Simply ask the Mayor for the date and look at the video. I have only attended a few City Meetings, and only once did I stand near the podium during the Public Comment and I did so silently as I escorted an elderly disabled veteran nurse of the armed forces , Ms April Huber to the microphone as she addressed the City Council. I remained silent the entire time, and Ms Hubers statement was respectful....