13. Retaining as its Opinion and Fishing Editor the addled JAMES SUTTON, who insults activists and reformers, scribbling editorials without solid research, as when he attacked St. Augustine's beloved reform Mayor Nancy Shaver based on one call with City Commission NANCY SIKES-KLINE, whom he only identified as his ex-girlfriend later, after I sent him an e-mail, confusing an e-mailwith a blog post and attacking me as a "conspiracy theorist." SUTTON's arrest after druvubg under the influence of Ambien and alcohol got the usual St. Johns County coverup treatment, evidently resulting in SUTTON'S refusing to run any guest columns critical of Sheriff DAVID SHOAR (on the baseless basis that the Record could be "sued" for printing an opinion about a public figure. SUTTON's mentor was Flagler College Vice President and former St. Augustine Record owner A.H. "Hoppy" Tebeult, who would trash an entire month's Flagler College Gargoyle. SUTTON apparently never read New York Times v. Sullivan. No class. No courage. He needs to go. Now.
I've had some 70 columns and letters printed in our hometown paper (all unpaid). I treasure having a hometown paper. But the controlling MORRIS family once gave instructions not to print my views, and that fatwa is still given effect too often on the editorial and news pages of the WRecKOrd.
October 2, 2017 -- let's call it Liberation Day. Liberation from a newspaper that empowers KKK hates, John Birch Society and the repulsive rebarbative retromingent Republican political machine of corrupt St. Johns County Sheriff DAVID SHOAR f/k/a "HOAR," a place where fourteen of fifteen City and County Commissioners are registered Republicans.
The MORRIS family ruined the Record. Reading long-ago articles in our St. Augustine Historical Society Research Library reveals that even twenty years ago, The Record was still investigating wrongdoing, as when journalist Margo Pope exposed Sunshine violations.
The greedy MORRIS family turned the Record into a third-rate newspaper. This empowered one party misrule and dull Republicans and developers' corruption, misfeasance, malfeasance, nonfeasance, waste, fraud, abuse, flummery, dupery and nincompoopery.
The seedy segregationists sold the Record to a railroad, which sold it and the Times-Union to MORRIS COMMUNICATIONS for $200,000,000 in 1982. In 2017, 35 years later, GateHouse bought the Record, T-U and nine (9) other MORRIS papers for only $120,000,000.
Unlike other Southern newspapers, which have covered the news they did not cover -- like Marilyn Thompson at the Lexington, Ky. Herald-Leader -- the Record never atoned for its segregationist past.
Look at the numbers. MORRIS bought the Record and T-U for $200 million in 1992. Now they're selling those two papers, and nine others, for $120 million in 2017, 35 years later.
It at best facetious for some dupey MORRIS family member loser to pretend to have hung the moon to emit happy horse poop about how the sale was "strategic." It was a fire sale, avoiding bankruptcy for the second time since 2011.
It's done it often, most recently buying the Gainesville Sun and Daytona Beach News-Journal. Much of its marketing and editing is centralized, in liberal Austin, Texas.
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