Media Starts And Fans East Haven, Conn. Taco Dinner Flames

With everything that is going on in the world today, the news media is making a huge thing out of a taco dinner comment, made by East Haven, Conn. Mayor, Joseph Maturo: Click Here

I suppose that this is what happens when news sources have the need to fill up around the clock news slots. And it sure must be hard on them to find something to take the heat off of the current White House administration. But starting a fire and then fanning the flames, creating news, instead of just reporting, is simply bad journalism.

East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo, Jr. is a life long resident of East Haven, Connecticut. He is a Vietnam vet, who received three Medals of Merit serving for seventeen years in the East Haven Fire Department and only resigned, due to a work related injury. Mayor Maturo is a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America, the American Legion and the East Haven Lions Club. He served on the Public Relations Committee of the Special Olympics World Games, when they were held in New Haven and has even served as a substitute teacher in East Haven Public schools. And of course, the major has a public office history, as well.

Mayor Maturo, simply put, has not lived the type of life of a person who would want to bring havoc on his own community. Clearly the mayor is a man who loves his country and community, not a man who would seek to tear it up and cause division. But we cannot say the same for the media today. The media will do almost anything for a story; even create one out of nothing.

While being questioned about four police officers, who have been accused of treating local East Haven Latinos poorly, a news reporter asked a rather odd question to the mayor. The news reporter asked the mayor what he planned to do for Latinos that night, to which the Mayor responded that he would eat a taco dinner. Three things came to my mind, when I heard the mayor's response. 1) He clearly has no problem with eating Latino food. 2) He would break bread with them. 3) That reporter's question was stupid!  

Seriously, it was a stupid question that the mayor was presented with, after clearly what would have been a long and trying day. What was he to say he would do that night? Take them all out for a night on the town, to make it up to them? The reporter should have asked the mayor if he had any thoughts for the future, on how to heal things with the town's Latino community. The reporter could have even followed up with asking the better question. But he saw something that he could build off of and chose that instead. Once again, the media has only made things worse. I guess it's all in a day's work.

It seems so obvious to me that the mayor’s comment said how he felt about the reporter, not the community’s Latinos

Debra J.M. Smith 01-25-12


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