Tuesday, February 03, 2009

JG Steps Out

Somebody gave Jerry Green's Jan. 30 blog post a mercy edit and it appeared today in the Courier News as a "Guest Commentary."

Also today, Channel 74 had a view of Green's Jan. 20 campaign fundraiser, even though it was not on the City of Plainfield online schedule.

OK, Mr. Green, we all know you are running for re-election.

The CN thing was perhaps reasonable, but let's not break the rules for local origination cable channels. NO POLITICS!

Channel 74 is not supposed to be a tool of the entrenched party in an election year.

To borrow a phrase from Mr. Pritchard, "Have I made myself understood!"

--Bernice Paglia


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bernice, you GO girl! Tell 'em!

9:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You must be fooling yourself if you think Jerry’s hypocrisy has any bounds. Jerry does what ever Jerry wants and to heck with anyone who disagrees with him. How can he do this you may ask? Because the “people” keep voting the line regardless of who is running. This town and county have no accountability for the politician’s actions.

11:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who are these people? My understanding is that Planfield does not vote for Jerry.

9:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who authorized this? Is this legal? Shouldn't the cable commission call for some sort of investigation about this? Again, there needs to be accountablility here. What can be done if JG overstepped his bounds? A substantial fine sounds great to me. How could he not know?

9:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is unconscionable that the city would allow partisan political content onto the station by an elected official. The rules governing the access station are very clear. Assemblyman Jerry Green, apparently, does not believe that the laws apply to him. The rule about political messages is on the HOME PAGE of PCTV-74's web page! When these rules were created, they were sent through corporation counsel and an additional law firm for vetting. As the former station director for PCTV-74, I can tell you that this kind of violation is taken very seriously by the BPU. In addition, our taxes and fees pay for this station. I have, on more occasions than I can count (over the past three years), notified several of the councilors of various violations of the policies governing public access--thus far, no action has been taken to correct any of them. The people who "run" the cable station are the same people who cannot seem to write a press release without making multiple grammatical errors and who run the station so sloppily that some weeks there is no sound and at times, no picture--and never is there any accountability. Why does the mayor allow the assemblyman to knowingly flout the law? Oh, yes, she continues to bow down before him and they both continue to serve as embarrassments to this city. We will not move forward with these incompetents at the helm. I hope the city council (the individuals who have been elected to protect us against this illegality) will demand that the assemblyman's asinine political garbage be pulled off the air immediately.

Proud Member of the New Democrats for Plainfield

10:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL!! you people are absolutely incredible! How can you criticize a spec being in your brother's eye, when you have a plank in your eye?!

Give it a rest!!!!

11:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if Mapp or McWilliams penned that Courier News article that Asm. Jerry Green wrote, you would be praising it as if it were the next best thing since sliced bread!

Partiality is your first, middle, and last name!!

11:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The January 20 event was a celebration of the inauguration of Barack Obama, not a political event for Mr. Green.

I remember seeing former mayor McWillams all over our cable station when he was running for re-election. Rebecca was the station manager then--what a hypocrite!

11:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bernice--I hope you will allow me the courtesy of this response--I will not comment further.

To anonymous 11:49 am:

Mayor McWilliams was ONLY on PCTV-74 when he appeared at public city events, such as public events--poetry festivals, film festivals, the art festival, tree plantings, July 4th events, council events, or on official city business. NEVER, and I mean NEVER, did he ever appear on any "political" type of programs, as there were none. Nor did the station (during my tenure) ever promote his political candidacy or sponsor any partisan political activity. As the chief executive of Plainfield, it would not have made sense for him to be "banned" in the performance of official activities. In addition, I have NEVER criticized the current mayor for appearing on the public access station in the performance of her official duties. It is right and proper that she should be seen and heard--even now, as she is running for re-election. If the event is city-related, it makes sense. I am not being hypocritical--I served the city when I was running the station, not political interests. I have been advocating for more resident input at the station ever since I left, as the station is not a political vehicle. Every bit of videotape that ever aired at the station while I worked there is still in its archives, as it is the property of the city and is cataloged. Every program schedule I ever sent out is also in the files. Any resident can request to see the archives. If, instead of defaming and name-calling, Anonymous 11:49 am will go and search these public archives, he/she will see that there was no political content on any of the programming I aired while serving the city. The same cannot be said for how the station is being run now.


4:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone wrote that the event Green held was a celebration of the Obama inauguration. Clearly this person was not at the event. I was, and my invitation said "Jerry Green for Assembly" so how is that honoring Obama if the money goes to Jerry Green's reelection?

9:34 AM  

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