In 2007, North County News Editor in Chief + Publisher Bruce Apar, started a forum, aka the NCN.
At first, Mr. Apar boastfully attacked Crotonblog for allowing anonymous commentary but now he embraces it entirely (See: Bruce Apar’s Ethical Double Standard (and Goof))
In fact, Croton’s most notorious and ugliest mud-slingers have made it their home-away-from-home.
To illustrate, here’s a sample exchange between convicted vandal maria and citizen-volunteer Kieran Murray (KM) from June 18:
I am getting really sick and tired hearing about you shooting your mouth off about me at Gabe’s. My kids friends parents hear your nonsense and I am really getting tired of it. SHUT YOUR MOUTH ABOUT ME!
First, I have no idea what you are talking about. My focus has been, if you have not gathered by now, promoting our village, churches, artistic and business community. It occupies a great deal of my time, joyfully. I have not attended any of the Harmon meetings although, as is my right to do so, I have certainly contributed to the many conversations about the housing project that have occurred—especially since the Gazette’s coverage of the 6/11 meeting. My commentary has been measured, deliberate, and fact-based.
The rules of this board are clear. As you have just violated them by threatening me in a public forum, I will bring them to the attention of the moderator on Monday.
In the meantime, the topic of this forum is the work session on Monday and whether or not anyone knows the agenda since it was not online. Please at least follow that one.
Tell the moderator all you want, just don’t talk bad about me in public where my kids friends parents can hear.
The North County News needs to be careful not to continue to expose itself to possible litigation. In my opinion, it is knowingly letting personal attacks, slander, lies, rumor and innuendo stand as fact. By knowingly providing a platform for damaging character assasinations to continue, it is acting no differently than Got Dirt, MySpace, Craigslist and any other site responsible for providing adequate monitoring and ignoring its responsibility.
Make sure you tell the moderator that as well!
One more from June 19 between one “commonsense” and Kieran Murray:
Kieran, PLEASE stop with the children, already. As to whether you would want to help or not, that is absolutely up to you. But you should be looking at it more as helping your village, not just any of us.
So you think it is OK that my children are being affected? Is that what you are saying?
You know you said I know who you are a while back, I think it is time to meet face to face. I’ve had enough of you knowing who I am and me not knowing the face behind the attacks.
Put up or shut up Commonsense.
Oh, I see an attack, alright, and it ain’t coming from me.
Your statements on your positions are posted exactly as you made them. They are self-explanatory, but if you don’t agree, then perhaps you can explain why you feel they’re not contradictory.
And there’s no need for you to act like a bully.
And if you’re out there, Mr. Apar… They’re talking about you.
Oh, and by the way, since you have done such a good job at tarnishing your paper’s brand by letting Croton’s-worst dominate your message board, there’s an active boycott of buying the North County News on Croton newsstands.