The Patch; a community online newspaper.
There is a local Patch in almost every community and the difference between printed newspaper and The Patch is the Patch is free (for now!), and offers a friendly vibe – often focusing on local businesses and people in your community.
I live in an area of Bucks County, Pa that is swarming with OBAMA bumper stickers (and an increasing number of boarded up businesses). After appearing on the cover of Bucks Magazine noted for being a spirited red lioness in a sea of blue sheep, Sarah Larson, editor of the Doylestown Patch contacted me and asked me to consider submitting stories on The Patch in order to give voice to “the other side.”
In a day and age where liberal propaganda flows from Time Magazine, to the Main Stream News, to the New York Times, it gave me hope that perhaps there were still journalists and editors who actually follow the principles of journalism— truthfulness, accuracy, objectivity, impartiality, fairness and public accountability.
I published a few controversial posts (controversial only because my voice is different from those that surround me) and, of course, was hammered with rude comments. Do the rude comments bother me? Nah. I believe in the Constitution - Free Speech. You have a right to think I’m an idiot and you have a right to call me an idiot. Those who scream for moderated comments are, in actuality, asking for limits on free speech. Those who throw around the term “Political Correctness” like Obama throws money at Green Energy pals (that usually go bankrupt), use their self-righteous complaints to camouflage their spineless, weak-mind, humorless, self-absorbed persona. They can’t handle adversity and they disrespect freedom of others.
Sarah Larson left the Patch in March of 2013 and James Boyle took over as editor. On the question and answer bio page, answers the question ““How would you describe your political beliefs?”
“My liberal beliefs are pretty well known to the people around me. The common mantra is that liberals only want more government. My take is that I don’t want more, I just want the government we have to work properly. Government and the private sector need to maintain a good balance, because the country cannot succeed without either side functioning properly. That being said, I don’t filter everything I see to fit within that philosophy. I love a good debate and never enter into one thinking I know everything there is to know about any certain topic.”
“Are you registered with a certain party?”
“I am a registered Democrat.””
I recently wrote a blog for The Doylestown Patch about the disappearance of the language “right to possess firearms” on government documents and though it was posted, it was buried. Like I said, usually my political posts were featured when Sarah Larson was the editor; a gesture that the Patch was trying to give equal voice to political beliefs.
The featured blogs since I posted my blog about the disappearance of right to possess arms;
Republican Governor Corbett was slammed in this blog post for making a flub in 2012 and the Liberal Advocate Author Eric Boehm wrote: “GOP candidates’ tendency to flub, gaff and flail their way through.”
Let us not forget, Eric, that Obama stated he was tired from visiting the 57 states. Or: “No, no. I have been practicing…I bowled a 129. It’s like — it was like Special Olympics, or something.” –making an off-hand joke during an appearance on “The Tonight Show.” – Or how about the Cambridge police acting “stupidly.” OR: “On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes — and I see many of them in the audience here today.”
And Biden? Well, there’s at least a week worth’s of blogs.
Other stories “featured” in the Patch: $729,900 Home in Fox Hunt Estates Among Weekend Open Houses , The Philadelphia 76ers Are One Sorry Franchise , Autism Fundraiser, Women Who Rock and the Pajama Game This Weekend
I noticed a few typos and contacted Mr. Boyle on 4/13/13. No response. I sent him a new email on 4/14/2013 – no response.
Miss Larson was always quick to respond to me, which, perhaps, I didn’t appreciate as much as I should have, I simply thought speedy response was part of the job as editor.
James Boyle is going to be added to my Whoron list – because, unfortunately, he’s proven he fits the weasel, hypcorite, moron definition.
Weasel: Using the Patch to promote his liberal ideals.
Hypocrite: The Patch states “We hope that the knowledge that your (Mr. Boyles) beliefs are on the record will cause you (Mr. Boyle) to be ever mindful to write, report and edit in a fair, balanced way.
Moron: Willfully ignoring a different point of view. (I thought Liberals were the “tolerant” party?)
Thank you, Liberals, for trying to bury and ignore those who offer an individual voice; it only re-affirms that ethics in journalism is dead, the erosion of our Constitutional right to freedom of speech, and it propels spirited individuals like myself to exercise my Independence, exercise my voice on a daily basis.
You will not silence my spirit.
update: after posting this, Mr. Boyle finally responded to my email and stated: “The typos are fixed.”
This tells me one of two things:
A) He was finally compelled to respond because of this article (and/or tweet) – OR -
B) He hasn’t yet read my blog and if that is the case – the fact he could only bring himself to write 4 words (not even a Sincerely, Best, or any closing remark) is further proof that Boyle is prejudiced due to my Independent nature and ability to think outside the collective liberal brain.