Written by Robert Germino Friday, 22 April 2011 00:00
On April 14, you responded to my “Friends of Robert Germino” Facebook note titled “Reporting the Truth?” My article referred to the media coverage of the March 22 public workers union rally at the Glen Cove City Council meeting. I juxtaposed a quote from the Glen Cove Record Pilot with a similar one from Glen Cove Patch (one of your competitors). Why would you and your competitor quote the same person almost verbatim but you omitted that person’s controversial statement? Should the readers of your newspaper know that a prominent community member accused someone of being a “terrorist” in the union contract negotiation with our city?
Please do not take umbrage at my questioning or Glen Cove Patch’s superior journalistic coverage of the same event. Although your April 14 editorial fouls the air, I will always defend your right to do it. I only ask that you relax your hostility towards those readers and voters who ask “why.” As glasnost reformed a rigid paradigm, your newspaper could benefit from a similar policy.