Florida Today, The Silent Partner
All that is Necessary... [for evil to prosper is for good men to say nothing: George Santayana]
Many decry the ‘negative’ campaigns being waged in various races, yet few stop to ponder why such information has become even more voluminous (not more vicious) than prior years.
The abdication by the press to even perform rudimentary fact checking has left the burden of getting out information to the candidates.
The Press has become the Silent Partner to campaigns of lies, deception, exaggeration, and looting by saying and doing – nothing.
The Press has become the Silent Partner of those in office with various problems in contracting, open records, and deliberate obfuscation of truth in deed and spending by saying and doing – nothing.
Let’s see some examples where ordinarily the Press would exercise their first amendment rights and report the facts:
Here’s an extra piece from the Needelman website. This is the real quote from the article. You may see how it was selectively cropped to fit their need. Ford quit for 30 days to collect DROP money. My leaving was real and timed in February to allow for a full election cycle in 2010. I was never in DROP.
"If you are an elected official and you resign your position, then you should resign your position," said County Clerk Scott Ellis. "Then, you should be replaced by the Governor. You should not be allowed to resign your position and come back at a later date."Ford is using a program called DROP. He will get a lump sum check of $337,192. He will also get a retirement check of $6,892 a month. That is in addition to the $139,000 dollar annual salary for his office.
Speaking of money, the Needelman campaign had about $7,000 on hand a few weeks ago. No television buys had been reported. Where is the money coming from for the television advertising and when was it paid?
Here’s a letter I sent [to FL Tody] which was not published:
“Judge: Needelman met majority of Ellis' public record requests” is grossly misleading. When the public records lawsuit was filed on June 27th no Blueware documents had been produced and requests for documents stretched back months. No flood of requests, just the same requests repeatedly – what was being paid Blueware on what authority? The majority of documents were found July 9th when the Clerk finally uploaded invoices and contracts with Bluegem dating from March through June.
On a lighter note, I did drop by the office and saw some changes coming: The Executive/Campaign Team is Redecorating the Office.
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