Michael Gold's Cyber-rag Stepped Way Over the Line
by Felicia Regan
The St. Augustine Record (print edition), August 28, 2016
I am concerned with the increasing use of social media and online “newspapers” to bully private citizens and public officials. In particular, I am addressing the local website “Historic City News” and its affiliated Facebook page.
For years I’ve seen doctored photos of my husband and other city employees, as well as videos and other media used for humiliation. I’ve stayed quiet and “let it go” as he is a public employee and it is the usual eighth-grade level humor that is used on sites such as these.
What I won’t “let go” is a threat. On Aug. 4, Historic City News made the following comment on its Facebook site in response to an article it published “…Thanks John Regan for another example of how totally inept you have become at making decisions. He’s starting to look like Old Yellow to me. Time to put him down, I guess.”
This reference to murder is unconscionable and represents how social media has the potential to become dangerous.
In addition, the editor, Mr Gold, is using his “newspaper “ to endorse this message with his followers.
Hiding behind a computer and spewing volatile material such as this proves how a bully can evolve into something even worse.
Opinion Editor's Note: Felicia Regan is the wife of John Regan, St. Augustine City Manager.
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