I received this email last night from someone who thinks that Hoboken411 is biased and is unfairly highlighting only certain candidates for the upcoming election on this site.
Has 411 published every piece of campaign information that was sent to me? Yes.
Does any candidate campaign volunteer “work” for Hoboken411? No.
What they think is bias, is just a reflection of how some candidates are more willing than others to have their opinions published on 411. I can only put up what is made available to me by willing volunteers. I did what I believed was a decent job of covering the campaigns and providing an open and informative forum for readers to read and discuss.
See his letter, and my return response below.
I really am disappointed in your web page recently. Especially when Eric Kurta, who is Ron Rosenberg campaign manager is working for your page. One perfect example of how bias your page is getting is the 1, 3 and 4th ward debates. You look at it on channel 78 unedited, Ron Rosenberg, Big developer Pupie raia and dawn all stated that they would regionalize police and fire department on channel 78, but not on your web site. show the debated unedited?????
Also, there are recent entires make on you web page which Eric Kurta admits on the comment section of the 1st ward that he put up.
I always though that your web page was fair and respected, but it apears that certain individuals, who work for you get more play than other because this individual have special interest at heart.
My response to him:
Let me set the record straight.
I put up what people send me. I had received the council TV interviews for each candidate, as well as links for Ron Rosenberg. THERE IS NOTHING ELSE TO PUT UP!
- NO ONE WORKS FOR ME.
- I DO NOT MAKE THE VIDEOS. THEY’RE SUBMITTED BY OTHERS. I DO NOT HAVE THE RESOURCES TO TIVO AND RECORD THEM.
- ALL VIDEOS WERE SUBMITTED VOLUNTARILY WITHOUT DIRECT SOLICITATION BY HOBOKEN411.
- I REPEATEDLY INVITED ALL CANDIDATES TO SUBMIT INFORMATION. IF THEY DO NOT HAVE THE MEANS TO COLLECT AND CREATE VIDEO, THEN I CANNOT POST IT!
If you think that I’m selectively deciding what to publish regarding council candidates, you’re 100% mistaken.
There is nothing else I need to say about this.