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Some of you may recall the spat Mayor Murphy was in. No. The other one. Damn it. The OTHER, other one. This one!
Sorry for the confusion. Anyways, the opponents of a methadone clinic being placed near a potential blossoming of McMansions did not take being hinted at, kindly. Though, to be fair, it was a heavy handed hint, as we Irish don’t do ballet. We clog. Well, I blog, but I digress.
Mr.McMansion, Dave Daly, bought up a piece of Lowell that is currently zoned Industrial. He tried, and failed, to have it rezoned to McMansion, aka Residential. To say Mr. Daly was miffed would be an understatement. The up & coming Brahmin of Lowell do not like to be trifled with by the likes of lowly elected officials.
I covered this before: Dave Daly and an Ambulance Chaser
Mr. Daly is covering it, as well. Mostly on WCAP, it should be noted. Thus, in one episode of the “Can I Be Frank?” show, Dave Daly and Frank McCabe go over the basics of shady political rhetoric.
Hear is a taste:
Generally, I applaud the efforts of WCAP. Especially the efforts of Ted Panos. Who’s political slant is bothersome, but his knack for journalism is not the worst. He excels, I should add, at Lowell’s corporate media’s standard for ‘new media.’ A sincere round of applause for “Radio Replay.”
Since the chicken issue has flown the coop & the Blog of Record ashamedly went on a witch hunt, we have to have some poltical salt water taffy to chew on, as we head towards the September 24th Preliminary Election.
We The People are binging on Bicycles! And, the local Blogs play the tune!
From the yucksters over at Sons of Franky Cabot, Ned brings us:
The revolution has started. (-snip)
It was only a matter of time before the city took notice. Enter the City employee bike share program. Sure it’s only four bikes right now, but we expect this wave of enthusiasm to extend to the council chambers. Since its time to get into it, I thought I should take it upon myself to thoughtfully recommend the most appropriate pedal powered options for our sitting council.
Unicycle: Trading performance and efficiency for showmanship and nonconformity.
Councilors Mercier & Elliott.
2-man Tandem: The ultimate intersection of team work and strategy. Plus, you can harness Rita’s wind when Rodney gets tired of pedaling.
Take it from a seasoned blogger. It is totally NSFW, but do make a habit out of visiting SoFC. I consider it a ‘guilty pleasure.’ Who knew, Joe Rogan would be my latest internet swami? Snuggle up with a pitbull, crack a Zima, kick back and let SoFC take you away.
You’ve done it again…testing new web designs seems to be something the parent company of the Lowell Sun can’t seem to get right.
Go to the Lowell Sun right now, and you get this weird ad for the lead-in (God do I HATE preloaded “click to skip” ads):
Then you get…the Denver Post! Well, not really, just the title. The title links to denverpost.com and the weather link is for Denver as well.
Again, as a web designer, who has had to go live on web redesigns for clients all the time, this is just, well, sad. How much money did they spend on this? It’s seriously amateur. Can things go wrong in a website redesign release? Sure. But the sheer number of goofups with this media group is more than just a simple hiccup, it’s like they don’t give a crap. They still haven’t touched the blogs.lowellsun.com home page, which in Firefox (a very common browser) is so messed up you can’t even read it.
Unacceptable. But par for the course. If Denver cares so little for their web collateral that they fail to do the most basic cross browser, pre-live testing, it stands to reason this is also why they seem to care so little for good content (at least from certain of its reporters and editors…there are a few good eggs left over there, poor things).
PS - and then there’s their horrid title writing…so biased. “Tewksbury Town Meeting snubs slots-parlor plan” - obviously a negative spin on the vote, the use of the word “snubs,” as if the slots had just graciously deigned to visit and Tewksbury turned its nose up at it and sent it packing, despite the slots’ beautiful clothes and respectful manner. Kad Barma had also noted this tendency here on another Sun piece, but I’ve been writing about their awful titles since the beginning of this blog. No joke. It just never gets better…
I can’t begin to stress just how disturbed I am right now.
Look, I’m a blogger, and a graphic designer. I’m no lawyer, and I’m certainly no better informed than most journalism majors finishing up their junior year as an undergrad. So when Christopher Scott, Enterprise Editor of the Lowell Sun, responds on Facebook to the copyright scandal with the following:
Good morning Jenn. Just want to set the record straight on this one. I’m 99.9 percent sure no one lifted the picture you’re referencing from your FB page. Rather, someone, might have been me, Googled a picture of the mayor and that one was selected.
So let me get this straight. Lifting the photo from Google sans permission is better than lifting this photo from Facebook sans permission? I don’t care where the photo was found via Google images (in this case, Jen says an article from Latitude News “regarding the connection the Mayor has created with the Cambodian community” used the photo with her permission). And then you go and list it in print as a Sun File Photo?
Are you kidding me? Does Scott not have a clue as to how copyright works as applied to the internet?
Bet you dollars to donuts, if I started lifting actual Sun File Photos from their website and putting them on my blog, they’d be after me faster than a canal minnow on tossed bread (and that’s fast, I’ve fed them, those suckers EAT).
Bad form, Lowell Sun, you got caught and called out, and your lame ass excuse just digs you deeper. Just admit it, you know crap all about what you’re doing over there, kids. The Museum truly is a museum - they can’t even catch up to two decades of the internet, for heaven’s sake.
Someone please clean house over there before they hurt themselves.
Update I: Apparently, this is not the first time the Lowell Sun has blatantly stolen photos from others. In fact, it appears to be pretty common. In regards to a recent post on the Lowell Sun Column blog, another commenter on Jen’s status caught them again:
Perhaps the “column” photo was “borrowed” from LHS Photography student Monita Khuth/ http://www.panoramio.com/photo/52773728
These students have produced some outstanding work. And if you keep an eye on them you’ll see their progress year after year.
Check the link…that photo of LHS has a copyright.
Uploaded on May 16, 2011
© All Rights Reserved
by LHS Photo
You can see where the Sun Column blog stole that photo, with apparently zero permission, zero attribution, here.
And from Dan Murphy, the Mayor’s brother:
Not the first time this has happened. The Sun stole a picture of Patrick and his wife off the “Google” when they found out he was getting married.
I’m sure there’s more, anyone wishing to jump in and find more violations feel free.
There’s professionalism, then there’s the Lowell Sun, which is on another plane of existence all together. The rules don’t apply to them, doncha know?
What rules would that be? Rules about stealing, of course!
On first glance, this photo looks like a great shot by a staff photographer.
Patrick Murphy shared a statement on RichardHowe.com which everyone ought to read. I’ll pull a few quotes, but go read the whole thing (I’ve bolded some things I really liked):
So much energy is wasted each week on what is least important to the people we represent. I am not without fault. I am responsible for my own words. At a kickoff event for Van Pech the other week, I spoke of Van’s vote on the Zoning Board to allow a methadone clinic its special permit as the “lone vote that sought to do the right thing.” While I do believe that he reached the right conclusion—a belief that even the Sun’s May 28th editorial acknowledges—it should not be inferred that all the votes in opposition had knowingly done the wrong thing. I do not and did not think that the Zoning Board had acted improperly as a whole, but when one member receives a substantial campaign contribution ($250) from an opponent of the special permit only days before he is to rule on the matter, that gives the appearance of a conflict.
Exactly four years ago tomorrow, Jim Campanini wrote to my brother, “The city is very divided politically—like it has been for awhile—and I don’t see any change in the near future. Maybe Patrick can reverse a bad trend: lack of leadership. But I don’t see it happening without Patrick raising money and gaining name recognition throughout the city. Older voters don’t read the Internet.” In other words, you need to buy ink in the paper to win.
The Sun wants to swing away at “hypocrisy” and campaign finance “issues” which really amount to a clerical error not listing that the few donations made to my campaigns were, as the Sun has often reported during the campaigns, made by myself. It is a situation rarely seen by the Office of Campaign and Political Finance, which quickly considered the issue resolved with a few clicks on the computer. But here again is another distraction from the real and larger question of money in politics: Why should individuals with business before the city, be allowed to contribute to candidates and incumbents who might be in a position to influence decisions affecting their business? Does it not cease to be “political speech” when an individual spreads thousands of dollars around to more candidates than could possibly win? Does that not make it even slightly less likely that the public interest will win out over private interests? These are the questions that my proposed “Pay-to-Play” Ordinance sought to answer, that many of my colleagues thought unnecessary, that the newspaper—the original “pay-to-play” organization—did not want answered.
A critical editorial (is there any other kind?) or perhaps a chat some time ago actually warned about the paper being able to “buy ink by the barrel.” The underlying suggestion, I assume, is that there is nothing intrinsically truthful about the ink in the paper; that ink is but a commodity to be bought and traded by the barrel, in lieu of the truth if need be; that it matters not what is being written, but how much you can afford to pay for people to read it.
The whole thing leads in gently with an anecdote about Hale’s Brook and ends with hope for the future. The tone of it is firm and intelligent, a bit conciliatory, and full of his direct and honest perspective. The thing you cannot ever accuse Patrick Murphy of is not being direct and honest. The “barrels of ink” notwithstanding.
There is this .. other .. blog in Lowell. Not quite a blog. Not quite a monologue. Monoblog?
i came across a recent sun “the column” opinion piece regarding the possibility of a $40,000 preliminary city council election, about which the expressed opinion was that $40,000 is a lot of money to spend, and wouldn’t it be great if we wouldn’t have to spend it.
because 50 people with an agenda can get a heck of a lot done here in this city if they would only be given the opportunity to do it.
and that’s worth $40,000 out of our hundreds of millions spent here every year administering our city government.
unless, of course, you own a newspaper and wish everyone but your guy(s) would go away.
i’m down with that.
It would not strike me as odd, should you click away from ANOTHER one of my ‘Blog of Record’ rants. But here goes, and I think this one is a keeper.
Part I: Sabotage
Kim Scott wants to stop the gravy train of family hiring in the Lowell Public School System, especially for administrative staff.
She says there’s an epidemic of nepotism when it comes to hiring decisions in the schools. Job candidates should be treated equally, says Scott, and no one should get a leg up because of political or school connections.
On the face of it, it’s a well-intentioned idea from the Lowell School Committee member.
The way Scott sees it — and we do, too — there is a growing concentration of power among a few people who are charged with making important hiring decisions affecting the education of the city’s 14,800 students.
Suffice to say, The Sun editorial has hijacked Kim Scott’s effort and intent with the developing motion to place procedural safeguards to diminish the practice and /or perception of the practice of nepotism and other facsimiles, thereof. The words blockquoted above, ALL belong to the ghost writer. They try to frame Kim’s mindset to appear simpatico with their breathy, hyperventilating panics. But, Kim doesn’t need to sell newspapers. Campi does.
To read more of Kim’s direct comments on this matter, and the speculation whirling around it, please check out these links:
This episode, around the Lowell Public School District, is one of The Sun’s most reprehensible.
But, WHY has the Sun descended so low? Let’s dig in a little deeper. Please, hold your nose.
Yowza! The Blog of Record is on a roll.
How much do you think this full page tribute cost?
SOLE MATES? Did Wes Welker check the copy? Or, is there an inside joke between spouses that we have no business knowing about? Because, please; oh, please tell me the Blog of Record did not run “SOLE MATES,” when they meant SOUL MATES.
Er, … um … ugh: ” .. quality of live for all …” Did Campi offshore the Copy Editor position?
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