Tuesday, January 28, 2014

It's Time to Deflate the Ego of Dave Bangert

 Welcome to the first edition of The Lafayette Citizen Journal.  We're citizen journalists who desire for our voices to be heard in the Lafayette area.  We're a small group of ordinary people from all walks of life and varying political philosophies.

We don't always agree on every issue, but we do have one thing in common.  We believe the  Gannett-owned Journal and Courier has become a political tool for left-wing extremism.  We believe the destructive politics masquerading as news stories are hurting our community.

Mitch Daniels
For months readers were fed a steady diet of negative stories about Purdue President Mitch Daniels.  There appeared to be a nefarious, underlying agenda for the Ditch Mitch zealots at play, which was to run the former governor out-of-town on a rail, but not before he was tarred and feathered for his conservative sins. 

One could almost sense the urgency of Journal and Courier columnist Dave Bangert to make a name for himself in bringing down the governor-turned-university-president. Bangert became a sycophant for the small, but vocal gang of anti-Mitch enthusiasts.

The coffee shop and office chatter throughout the Greater Lafayette area was abuzz with outrage over the biased reporting.  The local newspaper became an embarrassment to many in the community.

The JC Online trolls were out in full force spewing vitriol.  The regulars were ready, willing, and able to insult, ridicule, and belittle anyone who dared offer an opposing viewpoint in the comment section.  Eliminate the opposition.  Create the false appearance of a concurring majority.  Those were obvious goals of a Bangert-led uprising against one of Indiana's most popular governors.

What Bangert and others weren't counting on, though, was that most people weren't buying the snake oil they were selling.  Most locals were proud of the fact that a popular former governor was selected to lead Purdue University, the crown jewel of our community and largest employer in the area. 

The witchhunt of Mitch Daniels backfired as readers began to cancel subscriptions to the newspaper.  Bangert, the wanna-be-hero, became a heel to many in the community. 

Seriously, Dave Bangert's ego continues to drive away readers, which is why some of us have formed a loose knit coalition to counter the hyperbole coming from his poison pen. 

We're offering the community an alternative to biased reporting and where opinion is often times disguised as front page news.  We will pre-screen comments to eliminate trolls.  Our readers will not be subjected to hate-filled attacks by trolls that routinely run readers off the JC Online forum.

What can you expect?  You can expect behind-the-scenes news and commentary that generally goes unreported.  Sometimes misdeeds are hidden behind government bureacracy and privacy walls, whether it be at the courthouse, police station, or behind closed doors at Child Protection Services.  We know people who want to tell their stories but are in fear of reprisals and retribution.  We promise to keep your personal information private and safe. 

These are the same reasons that our authors will remain anonymous, much like Founders Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay did when they penned the famous Federalist Papers in an attempt to influence the public to ratify the United States Constitution.  We want to speak freely without fear of reprisal or intimidation.

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