Matt Dunn responded in an earlier post to the charge that the Cumberland News is biased towards Lou with the complaint that Lou’s minion, Miles Jackson, had accused him of being anti-Lou. Dunn shrugged this off as evidence of press neutrality — people on both sides are unhappy.
I am annoyed, however, by his article in today’s News, which reports Lou’s response to the vandalized signs. It seems, according to Lou, that it is Jane Christy’s fault, because she used “foul language”.
What bothers me is that Dunn gives such play to Lou’s specualtion. Here’s what Dunn reports:
Although the Democrats do not accuse their Republican or independent opponents of orchestrating the defacement of the signs, Democratic Freeholder candidate Nelson Thompson said in a press release that civility in this year’s race “has long been cast aside.”
“Actions such as (independent freeholder candidate) Jane Christy’s use of foul language in the Cumberland County Courthouse have set the tone for this campaign,” he said. “That tone could, in the minds of some supporters, give the green light for this type of attack on our signs.”
The use of foul language by Christy occurred during a confrontation with Magazzu at the courthouse following the drawing of ballot positions early on in the campaign.
I have a couple thoughts on this. The first is that yes, Jane did cuss out Lou, and she no doubt regrets it. But the Dem’s charges reek of hypocrisy. First of all, Lou is well known for his foul mouth. Second, the Dems initiated and are the biggest practitioners of negative campaigning in the current and past races.
Jane’s outburst is an example of where Lou can drive people. That he pushed someone like Jane, who stays on such an even keel, to anger reflects more on him than her. Lou is, to put it bluntly, evil. He is clever at spotting people’s weak spots and pushing their buttons. He says the meanest and most hurtful things imaginable to people, and then gloats at their reactions. Recall that in the last years on the Freeholder board, Jane was the one with the cojones to stand up to Lou. It had to have been unbelievably frustrating to be subject to Lou’s Mushroom School of Management: keep her in the dark and feed her s***.
But back to the issue of press bias and why I am on this rant: a couple weeks ago many citizens of this county were offended by the Democrat’s “push poll” in which they praised themselves and maligned their opponents. Most egregious was the charge that a Republican operative — not running — beat his wife and threatened her with a loaded gun. These charges are lies, word was buzzing all around the county about this poll, people were really upset — and yet not a word in the press. The only move toward reporting this incredibly despicable Democratic tactic was the intention of the Atlantic City Press to do an article — people were interviewed, but nothing appeared.
Now some say the reason the press didn’t touch it was to protect the maligned Republican alleged wife beater. But I don’t buy that. The overall tone of the survey and the fact that people can be sucked in by what is presented as a survey and ends up being a blatant political pitch — and the ugliest negative campaigning yet to appear in this campaign — deserves, in my humble opinion, reporting.
But then this would maybe put Lou in a bad light — something Matt and the other reporters covering the local political scene are reluctant to do. The News’ love affair with the Dems is further evidenced by today’s glowing headlines on Celeste Riley. And their bias is underscored by the fact that the article in which Lou highlights Jane Christy’s “transgression” appears in the top spot on their online edition. C’mon Matt, ‘fess up. But all will be revealed when the News endorses the Dem slate.
And as for the Daily Journal — the local political reporting there is almost nonexistent. Maybe if they can’t say much good about their guy Lou, they don’t say anything at all. But they, too, will no doubt endorse the Dems.