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Why journalism doesn't matter ~ E-mail

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ME to Paul Berton 23 July, 2013
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Your editorial, "Why journalism matters", published in The Hamilton Spectator on 19 Jan., 2013, implies journalism matters because journalists hold governments, institutions, organizations and the individuals who form them to account; thus, benefiting society. Assuming this is correct, would it be true that if journalists don't hold these special entities to account, journalism doesn't matter or that journalism matters only to the extent journalists do hold these special entities to account?

You're, apparently, bright, cynical, old enough to have a good deal of experience, young enough to remember the majority of it and in a position where you'd be more aware of current events than most. It seems likely, then, that you'd agree: journalism doesn't matter, very much.

Here's an opportunity, for you, to improve that. I have a story; more correctly, several, closely related stories, which are a tale of epic proportions or, perhaps, of more interest to an editor, a series of articles with local, Provincial, even universal relevance (OK, "universal" may be pushing it a bit) that'd fill a page or two, for the next three or four months.

Allegations, the majority provable beyond doubt and the remainder on balance of probability, include financial extravagance by publicly funded organizations, misuse of funds by employees, incompetence by damned near everyone involved; in some cases, what appears to be malice, as well as public servants using their positions and public funds to carry out personal vendettas and/or agendas.

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Paul Berton to ME 23 July, 2013
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I'm out of the country this week but perhaps you can call or write next week and we can chat. Thanks.

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ME to Paul Berton 24 July, 2013
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Thank you, for the reply. I hope you're out of the country on business and I'm not imposing on a vacation.

I've been in a "homeless shelter" for more than eight months. Since 9:00 PM, Tuesday evening, I've been "on the street". One of my doctors wrote, in December, 2012: "In his current state, it would be very difficult for him to survive on the street." My "state" has deteriorated, since then but it's easier to survive in moderate temperatures so I may still be available next week.

Telephone calls are, usually, problematic as I'm a bit hard of hearing. If I'm able and haven't found another means of dealing with the situation, I'll send you an e-mail message early next week.

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ME to Paul Berton 30 July, 2013
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Hopefully you're back, your trip was successful and you're looking for something to print that matters.

As I mentioned, telephone conversations are, usually, difficult due to hearing loss. E-mail is, somewhat, better but vision loss, peripheral neuritis, arthritis and limited access to the Internet make it less than ideal; not well-suited to long conversations. In person, is my preference; either with yourself or someone able to grasp things quickly and easily as a respiratory condition makes repeating myself and going into long explanations difficult, as well.

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ME to Molly Hayes et al 4 May, 2015
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A few days ago, I read your article: "The grim reality of homelessness", which Amanda DiFalco had posted to Chris Farias' "What's up #HamOnt" site.

Sadly, there's no mention of the grimmest "reality" of homelessness; that being: the "system" is infested with hypocritical, self-serving parasites who, while claiming to "help" and, in many cases, being paid to do so, actually do nothing of any use or, worse, exacerbate problems and exhaust resources, ostensibly, for the benefit of the homeless or otherwise "needy".

In my own experience, this infestation is particularly bad in Hamilton; possibly, exceeded only by bedbugs, as a source of misery. Housing Hamilton is a prime example.

This, certainly, isn't "news", to anyone who's had any contact with the "system", so I have to wonder why the problem isn't acknowledged, much less rectified.

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ME to Molly Hayes et al 16 May, 2015
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Having received not so much as an acknowledgement, from anyone the following message was sent to, I'm curious; doesn't ignoring the problem, in your positions, make you a part of it?

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Paul Berton to ME 16 May, 2015
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I am copying here Jim Poling, our managing editor, as I am out of the office, and will discuss this matter with him today. Sorry for the delay.

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ME to Paul Berton 16 May, 2015
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As a matter of interest, are you referring to the "delay" since my message, to Molly, of 4 May, 2015 or my messages, to you, of 2013?

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Paul Berton to ME 16 May, 2015
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Sorry. Cannot really keep track. As I said, a phone call is best because of the amount of email I get, but I acknowledge that is difficult for you. Jim will try to help.

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ME to Paul Berton 16 May, 2015
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That's odd; I've found it much easier to keep track of e-mail than telephone calls. Oh, well..."à chacun ses goûts".

Anyway, I look forward to hearing from Jim.

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ME to Paul Berton 24 May, 2015
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Any idea when?

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James Poling to ME 25 May, 2015
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It's Jim Poling at The Spectator. Paul says you might have a story to tell. What phone number can I reach you at?

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ME to James Poling 25 May, 2015
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A few, related, stories, some of which you can get an idea of at: http://gyfhas.ca/html/articles.html

Unfortunately, I'm a bit "hard of hearing" and, as a result, telephones do not work well, for me.

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James Poling to ME 26 May, 2015
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Thanks. So I've looked at site. You've had lots of correspondence with Paul B. What are you trying to tell me and how can I be of service?

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ME to James Poling 27 May, 2015
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The site is very incomplete and poorly done as it was, mostly, constructed with a "smartphone", while trying to survive on the street. The few messages I've exchanged with Paul pale in comparison to the number I've "exchanged" with others, in attempting to obtain "help".

What I'm trying to tell you is that the "social safety net", politicians and media refer to so often, consists, in large part, of a bunch of parasites, many of whom lie and ignore laws, siphoning off resources, ostensibly for the "needy", while providing little or no benefit, causing misery and even deaths; much like Ontario liberals. To my knowledge, in Hamilton, these include individuals with:
Good Shepherd Centre
Hamilton City Council
Hamilton Community Legal Clinic
Hamilton Housing
Hamilton Ontario Works
Hamilton Public Health Services
Housing Help Centre
Any of of which make McMaster University's Part-Time Students Association and even Hydro One look like paragons of virtue and service, by comparison.

As to how you can be of service, Joseph Pulitzer put it better and more eloquently than I'm able to: "...always oppose privileged classes and public plunderers, never lack sympathy with the poor, always remain devoted to the public welfare, never be satisfied with merely printing news, always be drastically independent, never be afraid to attack wrong, whether by predatory plutocracy or predatory poverty." ~ Joseph Pulitzer, 1907 retirement address

Who knows? Perhaps, you can make journalism matter to more than McMaster University's part-time students.

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ME to James Poling 5 June, 2015
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I see it's been more than a week since I sent the following message and I've received no response.

Did you receive the message?

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James Poling to ME 5 June, 2015
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Yes I received the message. Not sure what kind of response you are expecting.

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ME to James Poling 5 June, 2015
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Actually, the response or rather lack of response is, pretty much, what I was expecting.

Presumably, you know that you ought to be questioning the "allegations", I've made, "in the public interest".

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