Thursday, February 25, 2010

Side-stepping James Devine

James Devine sent me an e-mail about the Hellwig matter. Here is an excerpt:

"Copies of the Plainfield police report that is attached to this message were sent to several journalists seven days ago, without any story appearing since the njtoday entry -- although other outlets did report on Hellwig's return from his three-day suspension.
Plainfield Today's Dan Damon reposted the CMD link at
but Bernice Paglia njplaintalker neatly sidestepped the story and assured readers "I can guarantee you that journalists are doing their best to look into this situation" in a blog entry entitled 'Mainstream Cover-up?' "

Number One, the initial e-mail arrived on a day when my PC failed and before I had the laptop set up, so I missed it.

Number Two, I did try later to get an official response from a law enforcement entity and could not.

Number Three, Dan posted the story, so why should all others have to follow? It is online for all to see, so let Dan have the crown of laurels in the Gossip Olympics. Officials cannot or will not verify this report as required before publication in mainstream media and in this blog.

Call it side-stepping if you will. There are lots of things I side-step, including mud, doggy doo, dubious unnattributed "news" stories and half-baked snark from people who have their own explanations to make for their behavior.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

It would be helpful in understanding this post if you would tell us who James Devine is (if you know) and what relationship he has to Hellwig and Plainfield in general.

9:17 PM  
Blogger Randy Schaeffer said...

I cannot see out how the signature on the document in the CMD story can be that of someone named Frederick W. Walz.

10:27 PM  
Blogger Bernice said...

I suggest searching for James Devine on Google or somesuch. Try PolitickerNJ also.

3:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@Bernice, you admit you side-stepped this issue. Some folks call that cover-up.

7:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Side-stepping snark isn't a bad thing--in fact, it's good and honest reporting. No reason to put other people's spin in a spin-free blog, especially when the other folks' political motivation is widely known. Devine is always looking for something to help sell his papers--he has a reputation, and he has earned it. As for our local gossip-monger...'nuff said. Keep on staying out of the doggy doo, Bernice!

8:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agreewithy9ou Randy, I can't see any resemblance to Walz's name and the signature. I assube the A/BC after his name is Acting Bureau Commander.

9:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You mean this James Devine?


"Joe Cryan calls Jim Devine "a sleaze ball, the worst in politics."In December 2007, James Devine, a Union County political operative/newspaper publisher, was arrested for owing $20,000 in child support and alimony.

It was the latest fall from grace for Devine, a former Union County Democratic insider. Devine had been, as recently as a few years ago, a somewhat important operative in local political circles, running three weekly newspapers in Union County that depended heavily on financing from county advertisements and legal notices. But when that revenue stream abruptly ended, Devine was out of business and out of luck."

9:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

bernice, maybe you should at least put a link and reference in a short post to someone elses blog if it is of an important nature to the residents....suggestion...

10:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can see your side of this However
you and everyone else in town know that there is a lot more going on here this may just be the TIP of the iceburg. For the Main stream media to ignore this information is not acceptable. The emails letter sent out was pieces of the puzzle what ever happened to the investigative journalist How can he effectively run emergency services As a former military man if the men and woman lose respect for there leader then nothing gets done

11:51 AM  
Blogger Bernice said...

To 10:49 a.m.: I find it hard to believe that people don't know about Dan's blog by now, but if you don't know, he posts his own stuff under Plainfield Today and links to other sources under Clips, so look up Dan Damon and either of those names. I am not linking to that post.

11:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep up the good work

12:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bravo, Bernice!

1:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you go girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joe Cryan of the 20th assembly district calls someone a sleaze ball? Amazing.

12:25 AM  

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