BREWSTER, NY – April 13, 2014 –Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), issuing the following statement regarding today’s Journal News article, “Cracks in the facade: Mahopac incidents raise questions about intolerance.”
“It is widely understood that the newspaper business isn’t doing quite as well these days, but The Journal News just turned desperation into an art form. For no apparent reason, other than selling a few more papers, they have desperately tried to fabricate a story by going as far back to the early 1900’s. This hit piece strung together enough half-truths and unsubstantiated claims to choke a horse, including citing specific cases that have since been dismissed and clearly do not represent the community as a whole. Dig into any community looking for dirt, from Mount Vernon to Mahopac, and you will find enough to paint a tainted picture.
From gun maps to slanted editorials, I have dealt with the Journal News for nearly a decade. For the most part, the reporters are hard working, professional and fair. The editorial board is an entirely different animal and proudly leans somewhere to the left of Fidel Castro. Shame on The Journal News and shame on these ‘reporters.’
Today’s front-page hit piece by The Journal News represents a new kind of desperate, sickening low. Citing reports from a century ago, this article crudely patches together a series of largely unsubstantiated claims in an attempt to paint this community as patently and historically racist. What a slap in the face to the thousands of loving families in Mahopac who have open hearts, minds and do not deserve this type of gratuitous abuse. The only “crack in façade” we have in Putnam is this rag of a newspaper that sits in our local businesses and driveways this morning.”