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Paper didn’t do its job on police DWI

Paper didn’t do its job on police DWI

Bill Marincic, Schenectady 

When the May 19 editorial came out about Officer Coppola’s arrest and The Gazette insinuated that something shady was going on, I reached out to one of my good friends in the Schenectady Police Department. Needless to say, this person knows what’s going on and this was his response. Coincidence? Ever wonder why the print news industry is failing? Ever wonder why the president of the United States has coined the phrase “fake news?” Ever wonder why, despite a complete turnover of police officers, The Daily Gazette still claims that the Schenectady Police Department is corrupt, can’t be trusted, does things “illegal,” as they claim for a recent DWI? Maybe it’s the media that can’t be trusted. Maybe there are reporters who ask questions and don’t report accurately, but rather in a manner that will keep their liberal-agenda-driven editors happy. Maybe the coincidence and common denominator here is the media blasting the police and failing to take that leap of faith to trust them. Couple that with reporters not doing their job thoroughly and editors and managing editors trusting them so much that they decide to write opinions on the matter. Maybe a mistake was made and a group of arrest records didn’t make the media log from the weekend. Maybe a new judge didn’t follow past precedence that the court followed and made her own decision (entirely her choice, but not to be seen as critical of the police department). Maybe the time taken to administer the blood alcohol test wasn’t too long. If a reporter did his homework, he would have called the district attorney and quoted him properly, called the court, called the state, checked with the state police, checked with other agencies, listened to the chief of police when questioned. But no. A reporter and editor, they know it all. We, the public, are expected to believe that. OK, fake news media, OK.

Bill Marincic


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