Wednesday, March 22, 2017

An explanation to allay some concerns and worry.

The blog post below from last Monday titled, “To residents of the City of Lake Worth: If you’ve seen a false news report about Lake Worth. . .”, sort of stirred things up and got a lot of attention, particularly this line:

I’m much more concerned about other things now, like making sure the new City Commission in this City stays focused on what they said were their priorities, so they don’t get booted out of City Hall like what happened to another administration back in 2012.

Some took this as a negative. It wasn’t meant to be negative at all. But more of a warning. I am enthusiastic about our new City Commission. Very enthusiastic.

However, for lack of a better phrase, “the other side” will not give up although their string of losses has them demoralized. Before long they’ll get their act together and get to work: doing anything and everything they can to derail this Commission. And if some recent activity is any indication, they’re already coming up with some strategies, or “trial balloons” if you will.

I don’t have any specifics but heard there are things in the pipeline the City will be rolling out vis-à-vis social media, communication, and more and better ways to keep the public informed. And maybe a part of that will be taking the media and press to task as well.

With that in mind, here’s the blog post that got some people worried and concerned but really shouldn’t have. Enjoy.

If you see a false news report about our City here is what you do, please forward that information to:
  • Mr. Ben Kerr, the City’s Communication Specialist
  • 561-586-1631
  • Email: bkerr@lakeworth.org
Another option is to contact your City commissioner or even the mayor if this topic is a concern of yours. Not satisfied with the response or received no response at all? Then go up the chain of command and contact the City Manager, Michael Bornstein.*

If all the people who say they care so much about the City’s image, e.g., crime, mayhem, fires, and vehicle crashes being reported as “in Lake Worth” — that happened outside the City in “suburban Lake Worth” — but won’t do anything to try and stop this nonsense, then why go through all the trouble on this blog?

For reporters who don’t know, here is The City of Lake Worth (click on image to enlarge):
For a reporter to find out if something is in the City, or not, takes only a few moments. It’s not magic folks: If one has access to the Internet, the numbers “00” and “38” are a good clue.

I’m much more concerned about other things now, like making sure the new City Commission in this City stays focused on what they said were their priorities, so they don’t get booted out of City Hall like what happened to another administration back in 2012.

So to all of you in the media who don’t care either of false news reporting about this City, you are now free to report all the false news you wish.

You don’t have to worry about having your news corrected on this blog. That’s up to the City now to address. And reporters don’t have to worry about being reminded on a blog how to properly be a reporter or journalist, a job that most people learn how to do in high school or college as an intern.

So. . . if there is an arson fire out near Wellington reported as happening “in Lake Worth” then the City will have to step up and address that problem. And the same goes for any reporter interested in overflowing sewage, a “toxic tide”, for example:

LAKE WORTH, Fla. - This story stinks. [yes, it did]
     Overflowing, fresh sewage pouring into a Lake Worth apartment complex parking lot.
     Tenants say it’s been happening for a year! A fed up renter called NewsChannel 5, saying nothing has been done about this health hazard.
     Around 6 p.m. every night, a toxic tide rolls in.

Jillian Brynne at CBS12/WPEC is now free. Remember her false news report about E. coli in the City’s water lines? Here’s another recent false news report:

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue responded to a fire at the Avesta Apartments in Lake Worth Saturday afternoon.

And Palm Beach Post reporter Daphne Duret is free to report all the false news she wants to as well:

Firefighters responded to the Avesta Costa del Lago Apartment complex in the 2500 block of 10th Avenue North in Lake Worth at around 4 p.m. after a report of smoke coming from one of the buildings of one, two and three bedroom apartments.

And finally, City residents are also free to write all the fake stuff they want too — even about a man getting killed last January — when that never did happen:

However, there is a solution to this problem, read about that using this link.

*Please note: Will continue to monitor media reports about this City and search for false news reports. Instead of reporting those on this blog, however, will forward that information to the City and strongly encourage everyone to do the same.

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