From the “Covert campaign” opinion, which ran in the Times on Wednesday, it is apparent the Times and the news media were disappointed at not being allowed to attend Ms. Elise Stefanik’s fundraiser last week at the Best Western here in Watertown. It was worth every cent of $50 hearing Mayor Graham’s opening remarks and how he is enthused with Elise’s abilities and will be a great representative for our 21st District.
The frosting on the cake was shaking hands and talking with Rep. Paul Ryan. His talk also gave high regards to Elise, having worked with her in prior years. Elise was inspiring with her talk as well. There were several standing ovations. Best Western had nice finger foods and beverages. I just saved you $50.
In hindsight, it was a wise decision, I think, to exclude the news media from this function. I felt much more at ease talking to people I have never met before. If the media were present, there would have been too much excitement, and we would not have been concentrating on our purpose. Ms. Stefanik got her exposure with your editorial. I find it interesting that if the Times is so embarrassed, why write anything at all?
Newspapers and major news media have been losing their creditability. The proof is a big decline in sales and viewer participation. The public is frustrated because we aren’t told the truth in a timely manner. Local media are more interested in a Fort Drum troop who goes AWOL than soldiers doing good things in the community. Scott Walker, governor for Paul Ryan’s home state of Wisconsin, saved the taxpayers nearly $1 billion. Did we hear that on Channel 7 or the evening news? No. The scandals coming out of Washington — the IRS abuses, NSA recorded phone calls, four killed in Benghazi, VA clinic abuse and now Hostage Trade-a-gate. The list is never ending.
The point is, no major news media are investigating this stuff. We just hear about it. Thank you for proving my point.
Your front page article in the same edition, “GOP group buys ads attacking Doheny,” is a great illustration. Is there anything in the ad that is not factual? The cost, source of money and suspected ties to Ms. Stefanik are questionable evidence.
Charles B. Kingsley
Three Mile Bay