2001-07-07 / Letters

The Forum Strikes Back

The Forum Strikes Back

Dear Editor;

Reading through the June 30 edition of The Wave, I came across Howard Schwach's Rockaway Short Takes.  The column opens with the old cliche "there is nothing worse than a woman scorned."  Interestingly enough, the column goes on to demonstrate that there is something much worse than a woman scorned; a newspaper so clouded by envy and the absence of objectivity that it seeks to carry false messages to its readership.

The suggestion that political vendetta lies at the foundation of The Forum’s breaking stories concerning the allegations of Councilman Stabile's mishandling of little league and campaign funds is ridiculous.

To presume that my newspaper would engage in some type of attack on Councilman Stabile at the behest of Joann Ariola must be considered as a misguided strike at my personal and journalistic ethic, as well as the
integrity of my newspaper and Forum editor-in chief John McLoughlin.

The Forum is an independent newspaper that is proud to be considered as the responsible voice of the communities that it serves. Our reputation is evidenced not only by the encouragement and support of our readership but also by fellow media at the Daily News, New York Post, Newsday, New York One, 1010 WINS, The Queens Courier, The Richmond Hill Times, The Riverdale Press, and our most direct competitor, The Queens Chronicle.

The insinuation that any outside entity influences our voice is highly
insulting and obviously undeserved. In his coverage of the Stabile situation, Howard Schwach continues to make false statements and represents his views as fact rather than his isolated opinion.

Mr. Schwach also displays inconsistency in his attempts to question the truth and validity of our articles, while at the same time using those very stories as a basis for his own pieces covering the same events. It is indeed very sad to see the respectability of The Wave reach an all time low in such a short amount of time following the untimely death of publisher Leon Locke.

What I formerly viewed as a source of information and events on the peninsula of Rockaway has unfortunately taken to acting more as a rumor mill than a responsible publication.



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