I have to say, Gerry has had a history of shooting off a little too quick and then having to apologize, but he was making his point as an individual, and most of us got that this was just his way.
Now that he is taking a political position, he feels he needs to shut down his soap box. Personally, I don’t think he needs to, but its probably the best thing for him. He now needs to put his focus on the duty he has taken on.
The Lowell Sun, however, took the opportunity to drag out, in its Sunday political gossip column, all sorts of old quotes from years of Nutter’s posting on the web.
The editorial staff at the Sun now takes the opportunity to attack him once more in an editorial. So be it.
The new media.. be it Facebook pages or individual blogs such as this one, have forced the old media (be it broadcast news or printed papers) to change their methods.
No longer can the main stream media decide what is a story, and crush what they don’t want talked about. Now they have to report the news or look foolish when the blogs take on a story, or it grows on its own via twitter or facebook.
In response to today’s editorial, Nutter is smart enough to note a mistake the Sun made in their attack on Tom Byrne upon his passing.
Its not only the bloggers who make mistakes..
I have no issues with your opposition to my selection. You have that right and I’ve voiced my objection to some of your stories in the past.
I take exception only to the comment of misogynistic conduct – one comment in August 2011 qualifies? Given the number of talented female staff that has left the Lowell Sun since Mr. Campanini has been in charge, this is the proverbial pot calling the kettle black.
Who was a stronger advocate for the Greater Lowell Technical High School Superintendent than I? When the Assistant City Clerk was being treated poorly who was her strongest advocate? When a city councilor’s daughter was the subject of a paperwork snafu, who is the only one who wrote about what I considered her shameful treatment? Oh wait, facts get in the way of editorial positions.
Your reporter/ news story also omitted a fact I supplied the reporter – beside the fact I had no idea to whom I made that ill-advised comment since I allowed people to post under fake names – that same poster on Left in Lowell stated weeks later: Even Gerry Nutter had the fortitude to say he was wrong. He actually has more integrity than any of you. Think long and hard about that.
That same person appeared on Saturday Morning Live with me on several occasions after that and never once mentioned she was the person to whom I had apologized or that she felt I owed her another apology. Councilor Elliott is the person who exposed her. I never knew who she was.
If you had said masochistic qualities I’d have no objection and, given the way this thing has played out, you would have been spot on!
Didn’t it ever occur to anyone over there to ask me why, after spending 3.5 years being critical of the administration and elected officials, I would put myself in a position where I was willingly subjecting myself to a public whipping? People knew weeks ago I had applied and not once did anyone from the SUN bother to ask why I would willingly put myself in a position to be publicly chastised and embarrassed. It certainly isn’t for the stipend!
Do you really think I am so naïve that I didn’t expect most of what I heard? I stated the councilors had every right to object and to their feelings, and I knew you and others would take your pound of flesh. Didn’t that ever once cross your mind and make you wonder if you should at the very least ask me why I was interested in serving?
The fact is we need to improve on several things in the Election Office, especially signage and changing locations to comply with the law, and we need to insure everyone is given a level playing field. I’ve done Customer Service for more than 20 years and think I have the skills to contribute to the city in a more positive way than blogging. So I knowingly applied and didn’t expect to get selected, but decided I wanted to try to help in a positive way and, once selected, I expected the beating.
For 47.5 years, except for the occasional phone call into a WCAP show or speaking at a neighborhood committee meeting, no one knew or cared what I said. I never really understood why anyone cared what I said when I started blogging either, except that it gave a working class guy’s point of view.
The one negative thing that I and many of us will never forget about the SUN is the cruel and tasteless attack on Tom Byrne when he passed. It took a lot of pressure by elected and former elected officials to get you to do the right thing and apologize, and even then you used a lot of what I had already written in your make-up piece. (With my permission and gratitude). It was still too little too late and caused someone Tom cared for and someone who cared for him a great deal to not be welcomed at his wake or funeral.
Yet you say “known for putting his foot in his mouth so often he probably uses a shoehorn for a toothbrush.” I cited one incident where the Sun erred greatly when I could have cited many. I’m at least man enough to admit my mistakes.
Regardless, I wish the paper success. We agree to disagree on many things but there is a need for a local newspaper and as I said on my post that LIL and Dick Howe posted the Sun has talented people.
Good Luck and God Bless.
As to me, I work to get along with the Sun. I always try to link back to them on quotes and stories, and I don’t hesitate to forward a tip or story to the local reporter when I can.
I also have no intention of going for an elected office, but you have to wonder whether you could trust the paper not to go digging through historical archives looking for anything they could to go after me, just to create some controversy to sell papers.
But of course, if you go over to the Lowell Pollard Library, you can read the papers from the 40′s and 50′s and find quotes from back then that would not be appropriate today.
As they say, its all part of the game.
Gerry will still be with us on Saturday mornings on 980 WCAP from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Tune in and continue to hear his opinion on local politics.