Monday, September 25, 2017

Editor at Palm Beach Post needs to apologize to Lake Worth City Manager Michael Bornstein.


For more on this topic scroll down for, “We [the City] are held to a higher standard, they [the press] should hold themselves to a higher standard”, a quote by Bornstein earlier this year in reference to another “incompetent” article published in the Post.

Now here’s the latest. . .

From Facebook by Carl Stoveland, president of the Eden Place Neighborhood Assoc., responding to this inaccurate and misleading article the editor at the Post allowed to be published:

Kevin D. Thompson [Post beat reporter] - You got this one all wrong. Kim’s [Lake Worth resident Kim Lingle’s] intent in speaking to you was to highlight the great people and businesses of Lake Worth who wanted to show our appreciation for the out of state linesmen. It was never meant to throw shade on the City Manager or the commission. We (Eden Place) tried to put together an event with the best of intentions, but an impossible deadline. I think you owe City Manager Michael Bornstein an apology. I for one apologize on behalf of the Eden Place Neighborhood Association.

Our City of Lake Worth deserves better than this.
Instead of asking if we need a new beat reporter from the Post, the better question is whether or not we need a beat reporter from the Post at all.

“We [the City] are held to a higher standard,
they [the press] should hold themselves
to a higher standard” too.

It’s rare for any city manager to do what Michael Bornstein did, calling a Post beat reporter “incompetent” and his article, “egregious” (watch video below). But that’s what happens when the City keeps being put on the ‘hot seat’ and have to defend itself but the people who cause the trouble in the first place skip away whistling, “What? I didn’t do anything!”.

Interestingly, the link to the article that Bornstein reacted to so strongly was later deleted. And also interesting, not long after this incident, the City hired a “Communications Specialist” (now our Public Information Officer Mr. Ben Kerr) to issue press releases and get the City’s information out to the public without having to rely solely on the press.

Bornstein became “infinitely aggravated” and he let everyone know it:

“We [the City] are held to a higher standard, they [the press] should hold themselves to a higher standard” too.

And. . .

“I don’t normally do this. . .”: 

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

At almost every newspaper the most clueless & out of touch person is the editor. Most of the time they don't know what's going on and really don't care until they get called in and fired.

Anonymous said...

We dont need the post. In fact, I think we should all unfollow Kevin on facebook and bump him from the group sites. We have the Lake Worth Herald and Ben Kerr proved he can keep the city well-informed - he can just continue with his updates for the next few years!