Published on November 6th, 2011 | by Todd Smekens5
TSP Sounds Desperate
Any informed voter in Delaware County knows the locally owned Gannett paper is a pro-republican paper. Some say it had been much worse, but the bias is still with us today.
However, as this years municipal election reaches its end, has anybody ever saw such a blatant and obvious slant to their Sunday edition?
From our perspective, it looks like a sign of desperation. Why are they adamant about our local government being run by a republican council, and a republican mayor?
Here is one plausible explanation – their livelihoods depend upon it!
With a staff already too small to cover our market, they find it difficult to attend meetings, gather announcements, process press releases, gain access to interviews, etc. However, when you enjoy a cozy relationship with the current administration, you get phone calls in advance, tips on rumors, personal invites to attend controversial meetings.
What does the newspaper have to do in return for these favors?
Make one person look better in the public eye over another. It’s that simple. The entire role of our local newspaper is to write stories that make one person look good over another. Choosing adjectives, dressing up nouns, one well placed word in a sentence. Yes, we are talking spin, and the spin-doctors have been out in full force this election cycle.
Every failure, is presented as a success, simply with the stroke of a pen, or taps on a keyboard. Poor leadership, is presented as a “failure in the other party”. Inability to collaborate, inexperience, and being stubborn, written as “taking on the good-ole boys.” One of our favorites is “she brought together the entire community”, when the facts indicate 900 of 65,000 participated in the Muncie Action Plan (MAP). Folks, that is 1% of our cities population. A far cry from “bringing the community together.” Further reality shows that a consultant was hired by a local foundation to do this work. Our Mayor is the leader of the community – we don’t need outside consultants to bring the community together.
When you consider leadership, why hasn’t the newspaper focused on 85% of the employees who work for the Mayor – police and fire personnel. The morale of our public safety staff is at an all-time low, and they are endorsing new leadership in Dennis Tyler. Why hasn’t the Gannett owned paper asked firemen, or policemen, about what’s it’s like to work for their current boss? Why do the want a change? These are obvious questions that should be asked, but the answers will not support the story they are spinning.
The symbiotic relationship between the current administration and the local newspaper is already clear to most citizens in this community, but there are still 20% of the readers who believe what they read from big media. Hopefully, they will see the slant today, and may begin to join the 80% who have been awake.
Meanwhile, if you have questions about the candidates, ask your friends and relatives who may have personal knowledge about the inner workings of local government. Ask your neighbors who work for the city. Ask them about the morale. In other words, ask people you trust! Don’t allow the paper to sway your voting – they need you to support their candidates since it benefits them, not you, and not our community.
Make an informed choice on November 8th – our community deserves it!