Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Pot Calling the Kettle Black

I am still enjoying the irony of WSAR's biased editorial today by Bernie Sullivan accusing the Herald News of being biased. In what I considered a malicious attack on the Herald News and its editor, Bernie Sullivan accuses the Herald News editor of malicious attacks on Mayor Correia.

I kept a straight face while listening until I got to the part where Bernie proposes an imaginary scenario where Correia runs into a burning building to save a baby and still gets criticized by the Herald. The scenario was especially amusing because, as my buddy over at FRC pointed out:
1) Bob would send his assistant into the building, obviously and
2) the building is probably burning due to Bob's incompetence

Bernie stated that, "all the editor of the newspaper focuses on, through a basis of inaccurate facts and assumptions, is style and process rather than the substance of actions needed to address the critical problems facing the city." This is wrong in numerous ways. I welcome Bernie to correct me on this; but from what I have read, the Herald News hasn't been basing their articles/editorials on Correia's actions on innacurate facts. In fact, unless there is any truth behind that quote from Bernie, it seems downright libelous.

In response to Bernie's criticism of the Herald News' focus on "style and process rather than the substance" of Correia's actions....despite what Bernie and Correia think, we are a democracy rooted in procedure and not simply unilateral action by mayors. I commend the Herald News on their attention to the process, or more accurately, the lack thereof.

It is ridiculous to place blame on the Herald News for not reporting "good stuff" about Correia when there is no news in that arena to report. Correia is merely reaping what he has sowed. I welcome comments from anyone who can enumerate good things that Correia has done....seriously because I can't think of any.

20 comments:

This from Jacques said...

In listening to Mr. Sullivan's oration, I particularly enjoyed the passage wherein he observed about the Herald News that " . . . someone has clearly lost his objectivity when it comes to Mayor Correia and his administration." By contrast, we listeners of WSAR are fortunate indeed in the knowledge that the staff of that radio station pursues such scrupulous objectivity when it comes to the mayor and his cohorts. Wait . . . is that the sound of myriad straight faces turning to raucous laughter???

Anonymous said...

Why's everyone always pickin on me?! I don't like it wah wah wah Bernie Sullivan for Mayor Correia.

shamrock said...

That was a succint and accurate summary of the editorial.

Anonymous said...

The larger irony here of course is the fact that Mr. Sullivan is the former Editor of the Herald News who was removed fro that position back in the early 1990's in no small part because of his biased attacks on the then Mayor of Fall River. Small world.

TomPaine said...

First of all, can anybody tell me what an inaccurate fact is? If something is inaccurate, how the hell is it it a fact. Is it a false truth?

Secondly, we all know Bernie was given a call by you know who to do this bias editorial.

WSAR cannot go any further than they have to protect his highness.

shamrock said...

Haphazardly accusing a newspaper of inaccurate reporting/facts can most certainly damage their reputation. The Bernie/WSAR editorial offered no support to back up their claims. Like I said in the post, irresponsible accusations like this would likely damage the business/reputation of the Herald. Again, it seems to me, unless WSAR can prove that there is any truth to the statements made - this is libelous.

Anonymous said...

the trouble is that wsar preacher sullivan is a biased journalist and so is herald news editor lisa straton two incompetents

Anonymous said...

What were the circumstances of Bernie Sullivan's departure from the Herald News-was he canned?

The Stranger said...

I'm sorry, but both the Herald News and WSAR are jokes. The Herald is a rag of a paper with bad writing, no investigative journalism, too many syndicated columnists, and yes, it does play favorites (ahem, Lambert), despite the fact that Correia is not one of them. WSAR? Well, it's a mouthpiece run like a circus by a selfish family that cares nothing for the greater good of Fall River and only deepening its pockets at anyone else's expenses. The fourth estate has been dead in Fall River for a long time. Otherwise many morons we have for leaders would never have been able to get elected in the first place.

Anonymous said...

Haphazardly accusing a newspaper of inaccurate reporting/facts can most certainly damage their reputation.

What reputation?

shamrock said...

You do have a point.

The Sterile News Fall River said...

Why do you think the blogs are so popular, even the "anti-bloggers" in city politics read them. Fall River does not have investigative or objective radio or newspaper.
Your comments are not sterilized
or ommitted from the paper and you are not hung up on the radio!
The powers that be can't stop you from making a statement like they could in the good ol' boy days and they are very frustrated now.

Anonymous said...

You do have a point.

That "paper" needs to dump "the worst editor in the world," and get an objective professional

Anonymous said...

The Mayor, when he was a state rep had the squash named the vegetable of massachusetts, how about that for an achievement?!

The Sterile News Fall River said...

Here is another one, who has the most favors to repay??!!!!!


For the Entire State of Mass???
http://www.mass.gov/ocpf/studies/mayor_rpt07.pdf

The top fundraiser among mayoral candidates in 2007 was Mayor Robert Correia of Fall
River, who raised $293,353. Mayor Thomas Menino of Boston topped the list in 2005,
raising $1.3 million. The 2003 top fundraiser was Mayor Joseph Curtatone of Somerville,
who raised $262,218 in a successful campaign to unseat an incumbent.

The Sterile News Fall River said...

WHAT IS YOUR VOTE WORTH?????


Per-Vote Spending by Mayoral Candidates
2007
Name City Amount Won/Lost
1. William Phelan ( I ) Quincy $41.58 Lost
2. Joseph Curtatone ( I ) Somerville $33.79 Won
3. Joseph McGonagle Everett $32.53 Lost
4. Carlo DeMaria Jr. Everett $31.67 Won
5. Robert Correia Fall River $31.65 Won
6. Jeannette McCarthy ( I ) Waltham $31.12 Won
7. E. Thomas Donnelly Fitchburg $23.86 Lost
8. Thomas Koch Quincy $22.25 Won
9. James Harrington ( I ) Brockton $21.35 Won
10. William Manzi III ( I ) Methuen $18.99 Won
(I) = Incumbent
The

Anonymous said...

Here is another accomplishment

And while Fall River is tanking.........
http://fallrivertalks.com/forum/showthread.php?p=2799&posted=1#post2799
Originally Posted by Builder
Ok, I admit it, I went to the Mayor's Xmas party last night at the Venus. $125 a ticket and it was wall-to-wall packed. There had to be over a thousand people there. Most were like me, and got 'hit up' to buy tickets. It's very difficult to refuse, if you are in business in this area. I bumped into a lot of people in my industry and allthough things are really ruff right now, and very few builders can afford it, you just can't say 'no' when you get tapped to buy the tickets. You can't help but think that if you refuse, you'll have a much more difficult time with permits in the future. Maybe it's a misconception, and I have no proof one way or the other. But that's how most people in my business feel about these expensive tickets. I remember when these things were $35 or $50 bucks. $125 each really hurts.

Anonymous said...

sounds like whoever runs against bob better have some bank.

Anonymous said...

To Anon at 11:08...YOU CAN SAY NO. I wish people in this city would stand up for themselves and stop being intimidated by boobs like Correia. You're the reason we're in this mess. If everyone says so, what's the Mayor to do?

Tom Paine said...

To Anon 20:32

You are correct. For change to take place in this city people have to be willing to say no.

People such as Correia feed on the fear of people, and with the help of some of the bullies he is able to raise vast amounts of money which scare off most people from running for office.

Those same bullies make sure that their variances and other gifts they keep getting, keep coming.