Bad Journalism + Biased Editor = The Gray News

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Mr. Clark thinks his lying 'doesn't matter'

On May 7, 1999 Ray Clark wrote:

“A year and a half ago, this newspaper-ahead of its time, as always-called for a Charter Review. Nobody paid any attention. Suddenly, the issue has popped up again. What has happened in the meantime to cause this fervor for studying the Town Charter?”

At that time, there was a charter petition committee gathering signatures to ask the voters if they wanted to establish a charter commission. A Charter commission would review the charter and look at making changes to the governing document of Gray. Mr. Clark was against the citizens who were initiating this.

Elizabeth Prata (Salvetti at the time) sent Mr. Clark an e-mail: “In your editorial of May 7, 1999, you stated that you called for a charter review a year and a half prior…I’ve looked in every Gray News for the last 3 years and can’t find it….Do you have a copy of this Gray News issue in which you called for a charter review? Or do you have a copy of the article or editorial itself?”

Mr. Clark replied: “Can’t find it either. Maybe I dreamed it. Does it somehow make a difference?”

What has happened here is that Mr. Clark lied, used the lie to malign active citizens and cast aspersions on their motives, and then said lying makes no difference.

Newspapers are in the business of printing truth. Lying, using the paper for personal reasons – in this case to promote a personal agenda- and saying that lying doesn’t matter fails every ethical tenet in journalism, every good business practice, and all moral codes.

Answer to Mr. Clark: YES, Lying makes a difference.

Tomorrow, another proof of Mr. Clark lying. So you can it's not a fluke.


  • Lies Do make a difference. Ray's telling of "just a little lie" may have seemed appropriate to him, knowing who he is, but his words and actions have been observed by the people of Gray and his unethical, biased, and untruthful, and totally false reports are recognized by All. Lie if you will, Ray Clark, you have NO CREDIBILITY!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:41 AM  

  • If I were an advertiser I would be appauled by the antics oy Ray-crew and Natie-etal.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:18 PM  

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