In the 99th Assembly district bitter words are being exchanged between challenger John Degnan and incumbent Greg Ball. The latter is accused of mailing out campaign literature containing lies about his opponent.
The North County News, which advertised for a copy editor recently, still needs the services of a good copy editor or proofreader. The current edition features an editorial written by Editor in Chief + Publisher Bruce Apar from which we extracted the following gem:
“A Degnan supporter has been sending anonymous letters to Ball supporters that claim to tell the truth about Ball. Whoever it is didn’t even have the strength of his or own convictions [sic]. Sending anonymous letters is an act of cowardice. Enough already.” (Mr. Apar obviously tripped over “his or her.”)
As the target of many snide remarks from a small band of vicious posters on the NCN chatroom, Crotonblog feels that turnabout is fair play. The phrase “act of cowardice” has been heard before at NCN. When that newspaper began a competing blog unimaginatively called “Croton Blog,” readers who posted comments were required to reveal their identities. Mr. Apar piously explained that anonymous comment on a blog was “an act of cowardice.” The real Crotonblog was regularly reviled for allowing anonymous comments.
NCN’s blog with the copycat name, however, was really a chatroom. It was soon closed down because of low participation. Mr. Apar next started a series of community chatrooms pompously described as “forums.” To encourage participation, the naïve former requirement that posters reveal what Mr. Apar had described as “their own legal names” was abandoned.
Nevertheless, other communities have assiduously avoided the NCN’s new pre-packaged chatroom forums. But a small group of PMFs (post-menopausal females) who conceal their identities behind covert names has hijacked the Croton chatroom, filling it with self-congratulatory compliments and back-fence gossip. And, of course, regular attacks on Crotonblog.
Leading the pack are six individuals—craven cowards by Mr. Apar’s definition. The names behind which they conceal their identities, and the number of posts each has made thus far, are: Maria (573), Jennifer (190), Carolyn G. (142) and Judith A. (61). We are also including two male PMFs who call themselves notorc (101) and william b r (68).
The total number of comments from these six shadowy busybodies is 1,125. What’s so amazing about this number is that, in a period of less than nine months, comments on the NCN Croton chatroom have totaled only 1,557. In other words, six individuals have posted three out of every four comments, a ratio that makes it positively incestuous—and boring beyond belief. Almost nobody else, it seems, can get a word in edgewise.
Crotonblog is therefore impelled to propound this question to The North County News Editor in Chief + Publisher: If, in your opinion, sending anonymous political letters in Putnam County is an act of cowardice, Mr. Apar, isn’t writing anonymous comments on the NCN’s Croton chatroom equally cowardly? How about composing another editorial, this time to explain NCN’s ethical double standard? And do proofread it more carefully.