Update: Johnny O shuts out constituent input during town hall
Posted by Buzz Beeler @BeelerBuzz on 11th November 2021
Who holds a town hall that supposedly wants input but limits constituent participation? The ’emperor’ himself. (Photo Credit: The Baltimore Post)

On Wednesday, we posted a breaking story about a town hall that was supposed to get constituent input into how the county will spend ARPA funds.

As we pointed out, the news story about that town hall appeared less than 3.5 hours before the event started. That is significant because of this little ditty, courtesy of the WJZ story:

Residents who wish to provide input can sign up and register by emailing townhall@baltimorecountymd.gov

Really? Residents were going to have the chance to sign up in just a few hours? Anyone who believes the Baltimore County Government moves that quickly is welcome to contact us about a bridge we have for sale.

But that’s not the worst of this, folks.

The town hall was held over Facebook live, which immediately limited participation to those residents who have Facebook accounts.

Once again, so much for transparency.

Just for grins and giggles, we’re going to check the definition of that word.

Transparency, capacity of outsiders to obtain valid and timely information about the activities of government or private organizations.

Yep, the definition hasn’t changed. The only thing that has changed is Johnny O going against his promise to make his administration more transparent. He’s made some phony gestures of transparency, but all it takes is a little logic to see past those smokescreens.

In a final slap in the face, we can’t even share a link to the Facebook Live video because it wasn’t posted to the county’s social media page following the town hall. Granted, the county offices were closed for Veterans Day, but one would have to think posting the video could have been done shortly after the event ended.

Could someone have wanted the video edited/altered?

We will have to see what ends up being shared with the public.

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