The City of Newark, a long-time Jersey political toilet, never ceases to amaze.
In an effort to improve its
justifiably lousy unfortunate, negative image, the City Council of Newark recently approved a $100,000 no bid deal with a â€œnewspaper,â€ entitled The Newark Weekly News to print â€œonly good newsâ€ about the City Council and the City itself. Apparently, City officials will provide information to the â€œnewspaper,â€ which will then use the information to create a â€œnewsâ€ story.
I suppose that using tax dollars to fund a local or state public relations campaign (e.g. to promote tourism) is not unusual, but using tax dollars to pay for what a Rutgers Journalism Professor called â€œfake newsâ€ is quite another.
Perhaps most telling about the state of affairs in Newark is that the City Council made a deal with a â€œnewspaperâ€ with an editor who is apparently is confused by homophones. The headline story of two days ago dealt with the death of long-time Councilman Donald Tucker. The headline read:
NEWARKâ€™S LOSS LEAVES GAPING POLITICAL WHOLE
I presume that a GAPING POLITICAL WHOLE is something different than a GAPING POLITICAL HALF.
Note: In the event that the â€œnewspaperâ€ has since corrected its headline, you can see a screenshot of the original, courtesy of John Shabel at The Jersey Side.