April 25, 2015 10:15 pm ET
Could the paper be a crow for the DRC under Rosenberger, or has the Eagle lost an eye?
Photo credit, The Avenue News
First, before I begin my tirade on the new ownership of the Dundalk Eagle (which just lost some of its feathers, in my opinion), I need to say that Mr. Matrazzo deserved better. He gave his life to that paper and, whether you agreed with him or not, the Eagle soared during his tenure.
So, with that out of the way, let me get down to business in pointing out some serious flaws in Mr. Rosenberger’s first foray into the written word in Dundalk.
I read Mr. Rosenberger’s first (and certainly not last) opinion pieces about his new role as General Manager of the Eagle. After some careful analysis, I determined that what I read was most disturbing, to say the least.
Rather than go paragraph-by-paragraph and sentence-by-sentence, I will touch upon some highlights using quotes from Mr. Rosenberger’s column.
First, we have right from the top, that Mr. Rosenberger “started work at the Dundalk Eagle about seven weeks ago.” Is that when the fate of Mr. Matrazzo was sealed?
I’m somewhat perplexed as to why one would think he would come before family in a family-owned business, especially when there are a potential 11 bloodline members of that family in front of him. Go figure.
I love this little ditty: “With a dedicated staff, the Dundalk Eagle (and its sister publication, the Avenue News of Essex) will be a true resource for our community and its unrelenting advocate.”
Not quite sure what that means, but I am pretty sure that the staff has been cut. From what I can tell, John Bailey (former reporter) is now at the Copy Desk, and I don’t see any proofreaders—a critical part of the published word.
Now, as far as I’m concerned, you could have mentioned some of those behind the scenes doing the lion’s share of the work, keeping the paper running at peak efficiency. But, in Mr. Rosenberger’s case – he did not make any such mentions.
What we do get is a lot of (as Bill O’Reilly would say) bloviating minus a proofreader.
Mr. Rosenberger writes, “… read the Eagle with a discerning eye and keep in contact.”
Well, I did the latter and got zippo replies from Mr. Rosenberger when I left a message concerning a comment from top brass on the plight of Mr. Matrazzo. If you don’t mean it, don’t write it—that is not good for business.
Before I take on the issue of Mr. Rosenberger’s biggest gaffe, let me finish with how he finished his piece—writing the old if you want to talk to me, blah blah: “give me your phone number and I’ll get back to you.” If I was holding my breath, I would be—as the song says—A Lighter Shade of Pale.
So, here is a pipe bomb for you. I wonder if Mr. Rosenberger knows that he is involved in a probable conflict of interest.
Let me spell this one out for you, folks.
You see, Mr. Rosenberger is on the board of directors of the DRC. Funny enough, after reading the last several editions of the Eagle, I thought I was reading a community flyer for the DRC.
Just to be clear, I was not the only one to notice this.
I can understand one article on the DRC’s efforts of the Housing Fair and Neighbor Tours, but a whole paper filled with constant articles singing the praises of the DRC is quite obvious overkill to me.
I didn’t know if I was reading an advertisement or a news story.
In my humble opinion, these articles should have been in the form of a paid advertisement like any other organization hawking the sale of homes, especially when our tax dollars are directly involved.
How many homeowners in Dundalk would like some cold hard cash to the tune of $5,000 to $10,000 to fix up their homes or pay their mortgages?
Raise your hand if you want a slice of the pie. OK, hands down now, class…
This is another move by the left to bring more poor residents into an already impoverished community. My best guess is that this statement will garner more negative rhetoric from the mainstream, as well as drive away the type of homeowners the community really needs.
Think of it this way—which school gets more out of its students, Our Lady of Hope (in a very old building) or a brand new high school that failed in its first year to achieve educational goals?
By the way, did I mention that same high school had two of the best principals in the county?
It becomes an impossible task for teachers and administrators to do their jobs without support from the top level, especially when that top level is facing a federal investigation.
If you want the truth, folks, then I suggest that you come here. Or, if you want propaganda, then go ahead and read that other paper—the one that should have thanked Steve Matrazzo for his blood, sweat, and tears.
And that’s the way it is…