Once again the Southbridge Evening News’ editorial cartoonist has taken a potshot at someone whom, he feels, has not conformed to his narrow view of political correctness.
In today’s Evening News (page 4) he put forward a cartoon portraying Councilor Laurent McDonald (at least that's who people think it is) dancing with the town manager implying that the councilor had supported increases in taxes, water and sewer rates, etc.
The fact of the matter is that anyone who has given the least passing notice to Southbridge politics realizes that Councilor McDonald has been in the forefront of opposing the town manager and his supporters on the council in their efforts to create an imperial town managership.
While the politics of personal destruction is a time-honored reality in Southbridge, rarely has someone been given the prominent public platform that this individual has been given by the local paper.
In the process, it seems to me, the cartoonist has developed a feeling of invincibility that allows him to misrepresent factual reality and to disparage those with whom he disagrees.
However, here’s the rest of the story, as Paul Harvey used to say.
He has employed this feeling of invincibility and his public status, in my opinion, to persuade (perhaps too mild a word) others to undermine those with whom he disagrees but whom he is unable to denigrate directly.
In support of this view I will cite an email that he sent to me in February of this year before I became a target of his ire because of my opposition to the petition he favored to return Southbridge to a town meeting form of government. It might come as somewhat of a shock to his colleagues on the Southbridge Evening News.
From: Mike Marketti
Sent: Thu, Feb 23, 2012 06:05 AM
My wife says she likes your blog. Says she doesn't want to read Gus' articles anymore because, she says, he's too biased. Her example is whenever there's a story that involves the TM Gus writes it from the TMs viewpoint. She also complains that a lot of his stories are suspicious. Look as if he copies and pastes from the Internet in his stories.
So I got to thinking (which could be a bad thing) if you would consider a "Gus Watch," or some other title. ExposÃ© Gus if you think he's being too biased. ExposÃ© his stories if you think he's plagiarized something from Wikipedia or wherever. You could pick apart his stories by paragraph, or entire sections if it looks suspicious.
Just a thought.
Also, are you still interested in working on a video about the high taxes in town?
(I apologize for the formatting issues, but I feel it is necessary to reproduce the email as I received it, minus the cartoonist’s email address).
In my opinion the message is clear. It was stated by the cartoonist in an email quoted in an earlier article. If you disagree with him and you object to his criticism, “You ain't seen nothing yet! “
Perhaps his employers might find it of interest that they are not immune from what I perceive as his duplicity.