innuendo: An indirect or subtle, usually derogatory implication in expression; an insinuation.What a sad day in Gettysburg and its surrounds when the local "smear paper" spreads its stink-ink to include our local Congressman. Writing in today's edition, hatchet specialist Scot Pitzer put every unproven allegation against Dr. John Latschar, Superintendant of the Gettysburg National Military Park, in a front page article. Pitzer managed to disguise it all in an article showing the views of Representative Todd Russell Platts [R 19] on the Inspector General's investigation into some of the allegations made against Latschar and the Park.
This is not the first time Pitzer and the Gettysburg Times have gone the route of a smear and innuendo campaign. Indeed, the Times should not have home delivery, but rather should market itself at the supermarket checkout. A recent front page article on the tree clearing and replanting operations at the Park was headlined to the effect that the NPS was continuing to "Hack" at the trees. Little mention was given to the fact that the National Park Service Plan includes the planting of hundreds of acres of orchards and historic tree lots. The use of the word "hack" [which might more appropriately be used to describe Mr. Pitzer's talents as a reporter] in both the headline and the article intends a negative bias against the Park and the program. This in spite of repeated letters to the "editor" of the Times fully explaining the plan. The anti-tree clearing letters continue to be published, in all likelyhood because they are anti-National Park Service, which fits the apparent agenda of the Times.
Now Pitzer and the Gettysburg Times have extended their smear to Platts by innuendo:
"Platts has represented the 19th District in Congress since 2001. York area developer Robert Kinsley, Chariman of the Gettysburg Foundation Board of Directors and the developer who managed the vistor center project has reportedly funded Platts' past political campaigns. Federal investigators are probing Latschar's relationship with Kinsley."The use of the word "reportedly" shows intentional innuendo of political ethics violations which simply do not exist. This fits entirely with the record of the Gettysburg Times in the last election campaign, where ten times the ink was given to Obama than to McCain, both nationally and locally. No bias there, of course. Of course not. Do ya think?
What a shame for the area to have a newspaper of this low quality. To have a newspaper that publishes all the negatives it can in an obvious effort to destroy people by innuendo rather than facts.
There is an investigation by the Office of Inspector General. Nothing has been released from the investigation. Apparently the Times knows more than the investigation as they have tried and convicted Dr. Latschar of all kinds of crimes. Now they have spread their innuendo to include both Bob Kinsley, and Congressman Todd Platts.
What they fail to grasp at whatever stands for leadership at the Times is they cannot continue to survive by publishing innuendo. We have predicted before that the life of the Times was limited. This might well be their death knell. If they are trying to portray the paper as a crusading journal they are failing miserably. If Pitzer sees himself as a crusading journalist, he is in way over his head.
At this point, the Gettysburg Times should change its name to the Gettysburg "Slimes".
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