Tell the Truth and Run

This 1996 documentary on the truth-telling of George Seldes hit home for me a few times:

First experience with the business of news:

If fascism pays then cash in:


My own experience has to do with the actions of Union County freeholders as covered officially (meaning those outlets that get bribed with legal-ad money) when confronted with possible scandal and instead of looking to investigate what could turn out to be unpleasant and possibly costly instead make note of it and move on with emphasis on justification over investigation:

The freeholders also approved a $488,000 shared-services arrangement with Union County Improvement Authority (UCIA), “for the continued evaluation and analysis of the occupancy and space utilization needs of county properties.” According to UCIA bond counsel David Minchella, the study looks at “all the office space used by Union County and to make recommendations going forward with regard to some logistics and use of space.” Mr. Paterson called the amount for the study “BS,” while John Bury of Kenilworth called it “absolutely absurd. ”Freeholder Hudak called the space study resolution, “a very logical next step to look at our facilities and make a good effort to evaluate them and analyze long-term options for those facilities.”He said over the years, the county has often been “saddled with burdensome leases (and) expensive construction projects.”

3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by skip3house on September 2, 2019 at 12:05 pm

    Need meetings crammed with outraged citizens. Trouble is/has been/will be/…. the poorer 80% of people paying most property taxes haven’t a clue because these taxes are hidden in mortgages/rents… and, even worse, they do not bother to read/understand/don’t know exists/…. reports such as this. Fault of education/us/them/……civics/…..


  2. Posted by skip3house on September 2, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    If only every rent/mortgage included a separate list of these ‘BS’ items ! Then, only pay the tax portion/share approved by each taxpayer for each BS item, the rent/mortgage thus reduced for each not approved individually….


  3. Posted by bpaterson on September 3, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    as i had shown them in a chart handout this year and even explained to them last year during their county budget cycles, the surplus is actually increasing at a faster rate than the taxes imposed, which means they dont have to increase taxes and still the surplus will accrue. They are now sitting on $75 million surplus which is 15% of the budget. Nonsensical. But as we all know, this union county govt is a criminal organization that will fritter away this free money to their pals and politically connected donors….thus the $488,000 for a “study” that costs probably only $100-150k. And that is on top of the previous $200k they did the other year for the same “study” which at least FH Hudak says he remembers In this Soprano County, they are either stupidly clueless or just plain criminal. Perfecting legalized corruption. You be the judge!


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