You are only guilty if you are caught
Well the Times has fallen on their sword; well sorta. But before they do it, they have something that they want to say to you; “Newspapers and their readers have a special relationship built upon a foundation of credibility and integrity established over a long period of time. On occasion, in order to strengthen that relationship, readers need to be made aware of developments at the newspaper that deserve consideration in evaluating our objectivity in covering and reporting the news.”
Now that is funny! Let’s look back to a funny article: Georgia Ports Authority hires former Hall finance director. The article reported that: “Thompson will serve as the finance director for the ports authority” and “Commissioners Ashley Bell, Scott Gibbs and Craig Lutz voted against renewing the contracts of Thompson, County Administrator Charley Nix, Assistant County Administrator Phil Sutton and County Attorney Bill Blalock.” Well, the Times didn’t exactly get this one right. First, you would think that the Georgia Ports Authority would have posted a press release similar to this or this. Come to find out, she may have received a job, but it’s not quite as impressive as the Times made it out to be. On top of that, the vote on the contracts was only half true: the Commissioners only voted on the County Administrator and the Attorney. They didn’t ever vote on the Assistant County Administrator or Finance Director.
The Times also seems to have had a play in Unanswered Question #1. When the Times is used as a tool, how do they feel? The fact is both Council Member Richards and the Gainesville Times only feel bad because they were caught. Council Member Richards betrayed the trust of her fellow council members and staff, not to mention her County Commissioner by leaking e-mails to the Times; had she not been caught, I guess that she wouldn’t have admitted to harm. In thinking back to the chaos that happened at the beginning of the year, I remembered an article that said; “one of the e-mail recipients, who blocked out the name before sending documents to The Times on Thursday, responded to Lutz about Lutz’s handling of the Hall County resignations.” Any guesses on who the leak was now?
I believe that the Truth called it right back on June 17 when we speculated that “Lutz wanted to know who the leak was, so he did an Open Records Request to find out who the betrayer might have been.” It was on June 17 when we also asked; “why did the Times not write themselves into the story more because it seems like that were a major contributor or at least a player.” I guess the Times is just slow.
Hugh Hall County Akston