August 31, 2006
Yesterday proved the power and influence of Rick’s Blog
Late in the afternoon, we posted an email from Kenneth Lamb (Is SOC backing out of WSRE debate?) that told of rumors of Stop Our City’s Charlie Fairchild and Marty Donovan pulling out of the televised debate on the Community Maritime Park referendum set for August 31.
Within 15 minutes, WSRE producer Tony Ferguson responded (WSRE responds …the show will go on without SOC). The program would go on, but without SOC because they objected to being questioned by WEAR Dan Thomas, IN Duwayne Escobedo and PNJ Carlton Proctor. WSRE refused to have the show’s integrity compromised and wouldn’t drop the journalists from the format.
An hour after the WSRE post – Marty Donovan agreed to participate in the televised debate – with reservations. Instead of Fairchild, Donovan will be joined be Tommy White (Stop Our City Blab Show #1 – review) who recently joined SOC and was on their Sunday, August 27 show. Tommy told listeners on the BLAB show that naming the park for Vince Whibbs, Sr. was a “dog and pony” show.
Not too bad for this little blog – the public will get a chance to see an honest, open debate on the park. Both sides will be asked direct questions and the speakers won’t be able to give flip answers without being challenged. This will be a history-making moment.
The Stop Our City objection is a sad commentary on these old white men. They argue about what they say was a lack of citizen input in the CMP process – yet they refuse to go on a television show that they can’t control. They accuse all the media of being against them. Could it be that SOC is wrong?
The facts are against Fairchild, Donovan, Elebash and their posse. And we all know the facts are bias when they don’t agree with the SOC opinions.
Remember the SOC motto: We have little minds so we can only dream little dreams.