Thursday, December 27, 2018

A Look Back: One of the ways you know it’s getting close to Election Season in the City of Lake Worth.



Remember the ‘curfew’ that wasn’t a “curfew” leading up to the March elections two years ago?

Well, here’s a look back to those heady days when the editor(s) at The Palm Beach Post were having fun using loaded language to try and confuse the voters.

Late December into January is always a bad time to be an editor at the Post. It’s that lull between the holidays and the municipal elections in March. So to keep up interest and readership words can sometimes be used in interesting ways.

Like the word ‘curfew’, for example.

Briefly, let’s set up the story. Below is the Lake Worth City Commission back in 2016.

In the March 2016 municipal elections Mayor Pam Triolo (see image below), then-Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell (to left of mayor) and Commissioner Andy Amoroso (under American flag) were all up for re-election (Amoroso is now Vice Mayor; Maxwell is now Vice Mayor Pro Tem).

With the elections coming up they were all catching hell and being accused of not caring about homeless people, kicking panhandlers out of public parks, and stealing public services from elderly folks in a trailer park. All of it was false but it really was an all-out onslaught to discredit them. Critics called them “The Three”, bringing to mind ‘The Stooges’.


Remember the two former
representatives on the right?

Those are former District 4 Commissioner Ryan Maier (to mayor’s right) and former District 2 Commissioner Chris McVoy, PhD, is to the very, very far right.



On March 15th, 2016, despite or possibly in spite, the voters re-elected Triolo, Maxwell and Amoroso. “The Three” all won by landslide margins. That McVoy was supportive early on with the anti-‘Three’ faction was of no doubt.

Maier opted not to run for re-election in 2017 and later Mr. Herman C. Robinson was elected to represent District 4. And McVoy, who the editor at the Post called a “gadfly” (a pretty mean and harsh word to call an elected representative) lost to then-citizen Mr. Omari Hardy.


Without further ado, let’s proceed. And remember, the blog post that follows is from January 2016.

Enjoy!



The “curfew” nonsense has dwindled somewhat since mid-January, although one local TV news station (CBS12/WPEC, the always bottom-dweller in the ratings), is trying to keep the misinformation alive. Some headline editor(s) at The Palm Beach Post clearly employed an unethical tactic called loaded language. In the article by the Post reporter the word “curfew” is not used one single time (the beat reporter used the word “ordinance”).

The word “curfew” — the definition understood by nearly everyone — is a way for the authorities and governments to keep you inside your home and not free to go about your life. The City of  Lake Worth IS NOT suggesting that or considering that as an option.

The definition of the word “curfew” (click on image) as understood by most in the public. It’s a loaded word used to elicit a negative reaction.


The Post was clearly, and cleverly, trying to manipulate the public. I could go on but won’t, except for this: The Post would never endorse an Anarchist for a City Commission seat but in a de-facto way they already did by showing their willingness to push forward this mis- and disinformation in the community.


Click on image to enlarge:

Remember, in the text of this story the word “curfew” is not used one single time.

Curfew? Here is one of the definitions of the word curfew that most people think of when they hear the word:

[R]egulation requiring a person to be home at a certain prescribed time


I know a lot of people in Lake Worth and elsewhere got angry as hell when they saw the headline this morning, above the fold on the first page. But this is Free Speech and what happens when you have a newspaper without competition.

It’s a very clever headline and hope you all had a good hard laugh when you settled on the word curfew. But did you know The Palm Beach Post paper you read today wouldn’t have happened if it weren’t for the Sun Sentinel in Broward County? That’s right. The Post needs the Sentinel to print their papers and then all those bundles of papers are shipped by big trucks north to Palm Beach County. Just think of all the fossil fuels that have been wasted over all these years.

Anyhow, now the City and PBSO and a whole lot of other groups like the NAPC, for example, that are working so hard to make this City a better place to live woke up today to discover their jobs became a whole lot harder because of a few people at our paper of record. They’re going to have to explain to the public there is no curfew and they are still free to leave their homes at night.

You can call the Managing Editor, Nick Moschella (561-820-4441), and ask him why the word ‘curfew’ was used. There might be a few businesses like a major car dealership that will become very unhappy that it’s been reported, falsely, that a curfew will be enforced in Lake Worth. Will any restaurants lose customers or will the Lake Worth Playhouse sell a few less tickets? It’s hard to tell.

Don’t get angry. Do something. Like make a few phone calls. And if you want to learn more about what the Lake Worth City Commission really did to help clean up areas like the Cultural Plaza of criminal activity pick up a copy of The Lake Worth Herald.


Stay tuned as they say. . .

Ways you know it’s getting close to election season in Lake Worth.

Or maybe not going forward?


POSTSCRIPT


On November 5th, 2017, publisher Time Burke announced The Palm Beach Post and Palm Beach Daily News (aka, Shiny Sheet) were being put up For-Sale by owner Cox Media Group.

On May 1st, 2018 New Media Investment Group Inc. bought both papers and they became part of GateHouse Media.

And that would likely explain why the editor(s) at the Post went from being critics of Brightline passenger rail service (2014–2017) to being quite rather supportive of Brightline (now Virgin Trains USA) in 2018.