Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Here’s the latest edition of, “Want to have a conversation about civility?”

In June 2015 former CBS12/WPEC reporter Jonathan Beaton did a news segment about this terrible incident in Lake Worth and, coincidentally, left that news organization a short time later. The link to Beaton’s news story was deleted a short time after airing but not before being recorded off a TV screen:

The Obtuse Blogger (TOB) expressing her support for Lake Worth Commissioner Ryan Maier along with Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell and Commissioner Andy Amoroso depicted in KKK robes. Very charming, isn’t it?

Beaton didn’t mention TOB by name. Here is an excerpt from the text of the story which was deleted by CBS12:

A Palm Beach County community is being rocked by a disturbing photo, depicting two local lawmakers as members of the Ku Klux Klan.
     CBS12 is investigating and learned the photoshopped picture first surfaced on a local Lake Worth blog and later spread on social media, sending shockwaves throughout the town.
     Disturbing, troublesome and downright despicable are just a few of the words residents and lawmakers are using to describe the photoshopped photo, which shows Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell and Commissioner Andy Amoroso wearing white KKK garb. In the middle is newly elected Commissioner Ryan Maier.
     Commissioners are fair game but it’s just so far from the truth that unfortunately some people will believe it, said Commissioner Andy Amoroso.
     CBS12 first found the picture on a Lake Worth blog, run by a local resident.

Here are other images TOB used in the past:
Lake Worth Mayor Pam Triolo depicted “engulfed in flames” following the first bond vote to fix our roads that failed in August 2014 by just 25 votes. (Note: I'll spare you the image of a high-velocity round striking a certain commissioner’s head.)
“Special Interests”? For wanting our roads fixed back in 2014 some Lake Worth residents such as Loretta Sharpe, who has since passed, had their names put on bullets. Ready to talk about civility? Be my guest.