West Valley Screw Biased in Election Reporting, Admits Errors; Meet Your Neighbors, Cancel Your Subscription


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Phone number to cancel your subscription to the WVScrew; 623 535 8439

If you needed any more proof that reporter Sara Bisker and editor Jim Painter are biased for the incumbent candidates here it is. Wendy Freeman has called Bisker on it in an email, and Bisker had to admit her yellow journalism in the reply.  Here are both emails. Wendy Freeman re WVScrew article

This is not the first time.  WVScrew reporting has been biased from the start.  Then they endorsed all of the incumbents, and why?  In an editorial the week AFTER the endorsement ran, Painter wrote that it was mostly because they were, “incumbents”.  I assume the reason Painter wrote the follow up editorial in the first place is because of the amount of flack received about the endorsement report.

Then there was Bisker’s reporting on the candidate forum at Estrella.  She only reported the last question, which was a throw in, and failed to report on the first two questions which was where the challengers showed their command over the incumbents on all things financial about the city.  Lord punted on the second question to candidates which was to ask for something “specific” to cut.  She refused.

But WVScrew’s readers saw none of that.  I guess that’s because it did not fit well with the decision that they apparently had already made about who to endorse.

And will the WVScrew report on the incumbents getting campaign money from city employee unions all over the state?  Maybe.  But only AFTER the election is over.

Once this election is over, no matter who wins or loses, we need to start to come together as a community.  Here is my suggestion.  The day after election day, go over to your next door neighbor’s house and ask them if they will let you read their copy of WVScrew.  That’s a good way for you both to have an ongoing conversation.  Then, when your neighbor probably says, “you can have it yourself, I never read it”, you can walk back home, call WVScrew (623 535 8439) and cancel your subscription.

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19 Responses

  1. MikeTomWilliamsSmith. Do you understand the difference between public safety people boycotting and the general public boycotting? It is just like the limitations on collective bargaining for federal employees.
    When you are willing to acknowledge that there is a difference, I’ll argue with you, but if you won’t even accept that as a first premise then there is no use debating, your mind is completely closed.
    And your improper application of the 1st amendment would disqualify you from a junior high school debate team.
    You’re just way, way out there MikeTomGaryWilliamsSmithGelzer. That is just not what it is even about and you don’t even understand that I guess.

    So Howard what you are saying is you want to BOYCOTT because you don’t feel you or your friends were treated fairly or information was incorrect… sounds like what happened to the police and fire unions. I doubt you will print this since it blasts your BLOG out of the water. YOU ARE WRONG CALLING FOR A BOYCOTT if you think the police and firefighters were wrong. You can not have it both ways…in case you are unfamiliar with the First Amendment it’s below.

    “The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution is part of the Bill of Rights. The amendment prohibits the making of any law “respecting an establishment of religion”, impeding the free exercise of religion, infringing on the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances.

    Not sure if you saw the part that says INFRINGING ON THE PRESS.

  2. BTW, isn’t the WWV a free paper?

  3. You refuse to acknowledge that the First Amendment is applicable to EVERYONE not just those you think it should apply to. It is no different than the arguments we had with people who never served a day in the military…I may not agree with you…but I will die for your right to say it.

    Please enlighten us all on how this is any different…you don’t like what the WVV says, you feel the information is incorrect so you want to start a boycott. A boycott is my 1st amendment right. What is so difficult to see about that. It does not infringe on the WVScrew’s rights in any way. They can keep publishing if they want. They make their money from advertisers. If they lose their advertisers they might go out of business but then they have simply made a poor business decision by hiring incompetent reporters and editors that print false statements and root for certain politicians. And it was their 1st amendment right to do that also. But once again, I think that if you will not agree that a boycott by a public safety union is significantly different than that of a private citizen then we really don’t have anything to discuss.

    “It is just like the limitations on collective bargaining for federal employees.” I am using the fact that federal employees are treated differently than others as an EXAMPLE. This must be Bobbie what’s his name.

    These are not Federal Employees so how is it “just like that?” The only limitation here is a city policy that NOBODY has violated.

    • So Howard, you and Charlie Sheen apparently have the same perception of reality. What you are failing to see is the members that make up those unions are Goodyear Citizens and tax payers just like you and me. I highly doubt they signed a waiver saying they will forgo their Fist Amendment Rights when they join a union. They have the same right to shop where they choose to and ask their friends and family to do the same…or if need be cancel their subscription to a free paper.

      Do you think the union members are second class citizens with no rights? Shame on you for not being able to see that your actions are no different from the unions.

  4. And how did that boycott work out…how many subscriptions did you get people to cancel of their free paper?
    I don’t know, Bobbie. maybe they’ll write a story about it, eh? We could either hold our breath for that or maybe you could look into it, you seem to have a lot of time on your hands.

  5. Attention Goodyear Citizens

    I’ve been watching and reading all the comments and accusations from both sides and find the circus quite entertaining. But the two more distressing issues have developed quite recently. The attacks about the independent expenditures of the Western Regional Medical Center and the unethical donations of foreign labor unions are quite sad.

    In the March 1, 2011 issue of the West Valley View, Sara Bisker, staff writer and news reporter extraordinaire, writes:

    “A major business in Goodyear has contributed more then $9,000 to four candidates seeking office in the March election.”

    That is a blatant lie. And if she had bothered to speak with any of the people that she tries so hard to vilify, she would know that. But since it is often rumored that Sarah is in Georgia Lord’s pocket, information for stories does not come from the people about which she writes. Her information comes from Georgia Lord and her team of dreadful raconteurs.

    Ms. Bisker continues:

    “Mayoral candidate Sean Rassas and City Council
    candidates Bill Antonucci, Jon Bohm and Wendy
    Freeman received a total of $9522.34 from CTCA.”

    If you want the truth, call any of those candidates she names. They all have websites, phone numbers and emails. They are not hiding behind the gates of Pebble Creek. They would love to speak with you. Give them a call. I did.

    In actuality, according to them, none of the candidates Sara accuses received anything from anyone associated with the legal independent expenditures made by any of the entities disclosed on the signs, ads or postcards. Allegedly, Georgia Lord and her attack dogs Gary Gelzer and Rob Antoniak knew about the expenditures and signs before any of the candidates she so accuses.

    This is nothing more than incumbent sour grapes. Georgia Lord and Joanne Osborn worked their derrieres off to secure the endorsement of the Cancer Treatment Center and its CEO in vein. Now, they are just beside themselves that the endorsement went to others.

    Where is the outrage for the Pebble Creek team and others getting the endorsement of several labor unions around the State and home builders? What is the quid quo pro? And what will it cost the Goodyear tax payers? Not to mention the unethically obtained moneys they collected from same. While the money donated to some of the candidates is legal, it is clearly an obfuscation of that law and a circumvention of the spirit of that law.

    Sara Bisker, staff writer and news reporter extraordinaire includes in her exposé; “Possible violation”

    It appears that while he’s not wandering around saying Can You Spell Georgia Lord boys and girls, Goodyear City Councilman Gary “Captain Kangaroo” Gelzer is asking the City Clerk to instigate an investigation into a possible violation of campaign finance laws. The Captain knows this is a frivolous investigation. Just like the frivolous investigation of former Mayor Jim Cavanaugh made at the behest of the Goodyear labor unions. But it’s going to cost Goodyear taxpayers money. It appears that The Captain is simply livid and exhibits a gnashing of teeth over the prospect that someone beside his benefactors gets anything at all.

    So what of these “donations” made by labor unions of other Arizona cities to the people endorsed by our own brave men in our local labor unions? Why in heavens name would a labor union in Tucson donate the maximum allowable amount to someone they probably do not even know that is 120 miles away? Could their strategy be that if you help my candidate get elected, I’ll help yours when the time comes? So labor unions are allowed to pick their next boss? That is why there is a law against such behavior. Government labor unions are not allowed to donate to political campaigns in their own city. The reason should be obvious. But they left a loophole in the law so the result is the same.

    Why would home builders that have allegedly already lost law suits with their complaints about Goodyear donate money as well? I know it’s a crap shoot, but could it have something to do with what they want in return if their candidates are elected? Could the home builders hope that since they could not get what they want in Court, it’s better to have an obligated politician.

    There have been many articles and blogs written about the resignation of our former Mayor Jim Cavanaugh. People have called him “quitter” and worse. But obviously they are more people just not paying attention. Mayor Cavanaugh’s letter of resignation was in the paper. Did none of our avid campaigners read it? They seem to scrutinize everything else.

    Let us review. Mayor Cavanaugh resigned because he felt he had become ineffective. I speculate that he felt that way largely due to the collusion of the people on the City Council working hard against everything he wanted to do. Those same people are now incumbents campaigning for your vote to continue their ravaging of Goodyear while taking the credit for everything good the former Mayor did.

    Just the other day I read the ramblings of some nincompoop in Pebble Creek ranting about all the great things Georgia Lord did like widening I-10 and getting large firms to move here. Pay attention people. Jim Cavanaugh did those things. Georgia Lord was against widening I-10. Just like Wally Campbell was for the sales tax increase before she was against it.

    In any other economic time, getting two major league baseball teams to move their spring training facilities to Goodyear would be considered a major coup. Unfortunately, it turned out to be bad timing. But Goodyear will recover quickly from that with the right people in place. Incidentally, none of the right people live in Pebble Creek or Palm Valley or are incumbents. In any event, Jim Cavanaugh is responsible for negotiating that deal and some day Jim Cavanaugh will be regarded as a hero for getting the baseball complex and its tenants in place.

    Mayor Cavanaugh left because he felt he was no longer effective and left for the greater good of Goodyear thinking that someone else may be able to better serve and progress with the City Council and Manager. One might say “He fell on his sword”. Quite an honorable thing to do.

    Who else quit the City Council and gave up their responsibility to Goodyear? Well, the name Georgia Lord comes to mind. But she left Goodyear hanging for her own person gain. She had no honor in mind when she walked away from her responsibility to the people of Goodyear. She had nothing in mind other than herself. Georgia does not want to be Mayor. But she does want the title.

    She is wholly unqualified to take the reins of Goodyear. But she certainly is great at having her picture taken and taking credit for the accomplishments of others.

    And where is the outrage about Georgia Lord attack dog Rob Antonik. Now there’s a hero for you. He dropped the ball a while ago and just turned his back on the people of Goodyear. He quit in the middle of his tenure at City Council as well. Why isn’t that in the blogs and newspaper comments or letters to the editor? And why did he leave? Was there a matter of honor there? Nope! Just his personal gain. Apparently he got a better offer.

    Maybe that’s the problem with Mayor and Council being part time. People like Lord and Antoniak treat it like a hobby. When you get bored with it or it becomes too time consuming or it’s not fun anymore, you just walk away. And why would anyone want to vote to re-instate the people that got Goodyear into the mess it’s in? Could it be because their supporters are more concerned with friendships and with whom they golf rather that qualification?

    Georgia Lord still does not understand why taxes affect business nor does she understand a budget. She has proven that time and time again.

    And why hasn’t the newspapers reported that Lord, Antoniak and several others on the City Council had to go to ethics training because of violations of the Arizona Open Meeting Law? They wanted to run the City from their living rooms without pesky things like the Mayor and council members that didn’t agree with them or the public present to interfere with their agenda.

    Why hasn’t it been told that the endorsement of the incumbents is planned? One of the candidates was told that the West Valley View would endorse the incumbents. That statement was made more than a week before the endorsements were published. But more importantly, it was made before the editorial board had spoken with all the candidates. Apparently, endorsing the incumbents is simply a matter of policy for newspapers. How’s that for journalist objectivity?

    Less than a week after the endorsements for the incumbents was published, the editor of the West Valley View wrote a half page article explaining the endorsement process. Why did he feel it necessary to defend the endorsement process? Could he have a guilty conscience? Probably not! His explanation had nothing to do with what he told the challenging candidate. More likely the article was damage control in case the candidate shared his conversation with anyone.

    My vote has already been cast for the people who will serve honorably, put the work in necessary and get Goodyear back on the right track to growth and prosperity. Sean Rassas, Bill Antonucci, Jon Bohm and Wendy Freeman are the right people for the job.

    They all have phones. Call them. Get the truth. I did. Sara didn’t.

    Dear Readers. I did NOT write this. I do not know Clay Moore but he sure speaks eloquently. Thank you, Clay for your well thought out and constructive post.

    • Mr Moore:
      Lets be frank, the mayor resigned so he could collect his HUGE commission from CTCA. Now he is behind the scenes trying to push his agenda through with candidates he has hand picked. People probably weren’t as angry about Antoniak because he decided to stay out of the political game until the EX mayor began pushing his agenda using questionable business favors with the CTCA.

      Seems like the public safety unions can not get anywhere near a deal like an $85million tax break/corporate welfare handout out the CTCA received so what is everyone afraid of? This is not the east coast and they have no collective bargaining or any influence whatsoever.

      Might the other unions be involved because certain candidates, Rassas and Freeman, have publicly spoken out AGAINST public safety? Could they be worried that cuts could endanger their fellow firefighters or thier own families living in Goodyear? Much like the military that I was a part of I know the public safety community is very tight knit and word of mouth about anti public safety candidates like Rassas and Freeman probably spread fast.

      • Mr. Williams:
        You know not what you speak. I very proudly spoke out against the boycott, not public safety. You can twist the truth as you see fit, but you are doing Howard’s readers a disservice with your mis- statements about what I spoke out about. My statements were made at the podium at a June 2010 council meeting, and I stand by them. Please go back and watch the video and explain to me how I spoke out against public safety unless public safety equates to boycotting businesses. If you have the guts, why don’t you give me a call at 623.326.6741, but please identify yourself as the firefighter or police officer that you are and not your fake name on here.
        Respectfully, Wendy H. Freeman

      • Mrs Freeman:
        It was actually July 12th…and I believe you questioned whether or not you would be followed home or pulled over by police for speaking out.
        That sounds like anti public safety to me.

        Here is a quote from the notes:

        “She is concerned that citizen’s who signed the petition will be retaliated against by members of the Goodyear Police and Fire Departments. She feels the public is due an apology by police and fire union leaders and makes this statement publicly in front of the City Council, City Manager and citizens of Goodyear in hopes that she isn’t targeted for retaliation or harassment by either the Goodyear Police or Fire Departments.”

        You directly question the integrity of the public safety members.

        You go on to compare your son’s uniform allowance to the PD allowance. You never mention that your son also has 100% medical paid and 100% housing as a military member.

        You also call the public safety unions “thugs.”

        Sounds like anti public safety to me.

  6. Well you can twist the truth as you see fit, but I was working in a police department when you were probably still in diapers, and I stand by my comments. Might one consider you anti-business for being part of a boycott against them? As I said Mike, give me a call because I do not wish to have a running dialog with you on Howard’s blog. I don’t have the kind of time you seem to have to spend my day blogging.

  7. Here, so the other people can see that I am not “twisting the truth” they can watch for themselves…about the 4 minute mark you come in.

    http://goodyear.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=8&clip_id=1661

    • Hopefully, it will show the thumbs up I received from several people in the audience as I went back to my seat!

      Thanks for digging the video up. I never got to watch it, lol.

  8. My bet is that “Mike Williams” is one of the 2 short statured goodyear police union guys. Not too hard to figure out which one. I am sure his superiors will be interested with his involvmenet in a local election.
    I think the police union wants Georgia Lord so they can keep doing whatever they want. By whats in the paper, the department has some issues and other candidates getting elected might mean that they have to start taking accountability,

    • MikeWilliams could be a cop but I think he is a little too incoherent for most cops. I think it’s Bobbie what’s his name the incoherent guy from Pebble Creek. So in my opinion, he’s not even worth replying to.

  9. To the Citizens of Goodyear

    With all the chatter going on please do not forget the common denominator that links all the decisions that has placed Goodyear in what howards group calls bankruptcy. there is no ‘group’ here. I write this blog on my own Cavanaugh has been in office longer than anyone on council and has benefitted the most financially from his position. Having the ability to vote on spending Goodyears money to fund projects that he will directly benefit financally. I wrote last year in the AZ Republic that we should vote EVERYBODY off city council. Make sure you have your facts straight. Now we have 4 puppets with no experience seeking the highest office in the city. Who will show Rassas how to run a city if he has the highest seat in the city. A new position requires learning the ropes and making mistakes well are you willing to pay the price for the learning. You sound like the WVScrew. Were Steve Jobs, Bill Gates or Warren Buffet CEOs before they were CEOs? No. In private business it happens all the time. It is more common in the public sector that there are professional politicians who have never had another significant job in their lives (aka, Barack Obama and Georgia Lord) who then become responsible for spending millions of our tax dollars Why do you think Cavanaugh wants 4 people in with 0 none no experience. He will be running the show in the background. You are making my case. That is exactly why we need new people. The current and former ones screwed up. I don’t think there will be any Cavanaugh influence on the people I have recommended including Roger Matlin. But NONE of them will be patsies for John Fischbach. That is why they have my recommendation, plus the fact that the incumbents would not be leaders and come out against the public safety boycotts. He makes money and we are left footing the bill. He lives in a 1.2 million dollar home that is maybe worth $400,000 in todays market . Do you actually think that deal with CTCA started right after Cavanaugh left office. I don’t think so. he only quit after he new the sale was goin to go through. You are entitled to your opinion, I think he has little to no influence going forward.

  10. Howard all three you mentioned were founders. Wrong. Warren Buffett never founded anything. He bought an old shirt company and then he started buying insurance companies. Get your facts straight. When it came time to turn over the ceo position Gates hired from within. And the guy was never a CEO before, was he? You make my point. This is getting tiresome.
    When Steve Jobs came back to Apple he took now two leaves for medical, guess what the acting ceo is from within.
    Warren Buffett they are looking at two top people fromBH to fill his spot. See the article this week in the business section of MSN.
    In all three cases the founder of the company turned them over to people who had experience, none turned them over to people who had never been at the top ranks of the company.

  11. Hello. I did not see a comment on here that corrects some assumptions the WestValleyScrew would hold their correction until after the election. To keep things as fair as possible, they did print their correction in the very next issue of the paper, which came out before election day. They did not actually call it a ‘correction’ though, they called it a ‘clarification’. Not very responsible wouldn’t you agree? And I think it came out the day of or the day before voting ended.

    Howard, what school budgets are you looking into? I’m very interest in the Agua Fria schools because I have two children in attendance now. Any preview on what you’re cooking up?

    Thanks!

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