Bad Journalism + Biased Editor = The Gray News

Monday, August 28, 2006

Biasbuster's take on the Proudian cable rant

Some words have been changed to protect the honest. Read the original to get the flavor of the spoof.

Cable Committee is not a private corporation

When they’re not harassing people they don’t like from town councils, problem-makers Proudian, Tsukroff, and Clark like to satisfy their authoritarian instincts by dictating what you read in print media. The trio are the principal movers behind an effort to show more of them on their newspaper and their blogs.

The Three view the council as intrusive and over-scrutinizing. The Council recently moved to take away the Cable Committee’s ability to sign purchase orders so they can willfully spend money without oversight. Local taxpayers are pleased. The Committee is not. Call it part of this problem-maker trio’s aggressive new No Mud Left Unslung Act.

Let me just say that if it was up to me, GCTV would spend every dollar in Gray. We’d buy for all the guys at the breakfast counter at Cole Farms if we could, given how much fun was made of us there in the last year. The problem is that there aren’t enough people to do it all. With three regular members and two part-time students, the cable committee is severely shorthanded, and we have been saying this for ten years, even when we had 8 people on the committee. It’s our motto. “We’re chronically short-handed, no matter how many people help us.” This shortage was recently made worse, when three councilors intelligently decided not to renew Proudian’s membership. First time such a thing ever happened, and it couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.

In any case there is no policy governing which town committee gets a higher budget than others, but it helps to have a direct pipeline to wealthy Time Warner’s franchise fees. We want it all and we want the old council back, who never bugged us. You know that “All programming will be of community interest as determined by the Cable Committee.” So you have us to thank for the endless hours of boring and uncreative and repetitive programming.

In Gray, regular council meetings have always been carried on cable. Public interest prompted the addition of council workshops to the broadcast schedule last fall, after citizen insistence due to the egregious abuses under the previous council went unbroadcast by us (no mean feat).

For myself, I think it’s much more important to scrutinize other committees. In a perfect world, everybody would be scrutinized, of course. But thanks in part to the diligence of three axe-grinding problem-makers, the citizens of Gray are good and sick and tired of their whining. Buy earplugs. While you still can.

-Paul Proudian-esque (Proudian-Clark-Tsukroff, town problem-makers.)


  • I love the Proudian-Clark-Tsukroff phrase, "problem-makers." Perfect!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:19 PM  

  • I think Paul was a viral implant....

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:54 PM  

  • Yah, isn't that an awful thing to call someone?

    By Blogger BiasBuster, at 4:52 AM  

  • There's no conflict of interest me being a Library Trustee and the president of the GPLA....oh...and the editor of the Gray News.- Ray Clark

    There's no conflict of interest with me being on the cable committee and the owner of a hate blog (B+W in Gray)...oh and accomplice to Ray Clark's editorials in the Gray News.-Paul Proudian

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:45 AM  

  • I would respectfully say that people on committees have the right to speak out and have an opinion...and do so in the newspaper or on blogs, but the fact that Mr. Proudian was recently fired from his post as cable committee member drastically diminishes his credibility on this exact subject.

    By Blogger BiasBuster, at 6:08 AM  

  • Whatever your feelings about Mr.Proudian, he deserved a reason from the council for not being reappointed. I myself twice asked the town council for this reason and twice I received no reply.

    By Anonymous Rover, at 11:56 AM  

  • Liars deserve nothing.

    By Blogger BiasBuster, at 12:06 PM  

  • The Council is under NO obligation to give Paul Proudian a reason for not being reappointed! Paul brought this on himself...all by himself. Nasty Comments and BAD Behavior do not deserve a reward or recognition of any kind. What goes-around-comes-around! Paul Proudian got just what he deserved!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:31 PM  

  • Interesting to me...Brad Fogg has finally realized HE is 'in over his head'; and has decided to Dissolve the Cable Committee..and Flee like All the Others???

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:59 PM  

  • I'm glad that there are changes afoot with the cable committee, but I'm not sure that it is up to Brad to dissolve a committee. The Cable Committee is a council committee and it is only up to the council to make changes to their committees. Brad can quit but he has no power to structurally change the committee, the governance of which is outlined in the Council Rules, not Brad's rules.

    By Blogger BiasBuster, at 12:34 PM  

  • Let's hope the Council uses Good Judgement Here. It's time for a complete overhaul of The Cable Committee; Professionals are Needed; and Brad can 'Get on with His Life' (His own words) and All Boards and Committees will once-again be observed by the Public!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:50 PM  

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