2001-11-03 / Letters

Credibility Is The Issue

Credibility Is The Issue

Dear Editor;

Your editorial on the lack of journalistic ethics displayed by former Wave editor John McLoughlin in his current position as editor of the Forum was right on target. I wonder if he is responsible, at least in part, for the ridiculous "Rockaway Voice" which floated around last week. I would have liked to write a letter to it, but alas, there was nothing in it that indicated who was responsible for producing it. I'd wager big bucks though, that it was produced in the
Forum offices, printed by the same printer, and distributed by the same distributor as the Forum.

One doesn't have to be a rocket scientist to figure out what Ariola and her pals, McLoughlin and Pat Adams, are doing.  In the past, both Adams and Ariola were Stabile staffers. Along with McLoughlin, they have been active Stabile proponents until recently. They were all perfectly content with Stabile it seems until it became clear that he wasn't going to support Ariola as his heir apparent.

In the spring, it looked like there would be a Republican Primary between Ariola, John Macron, and former Noach Dear staffer now Stabile staffer, Alex Lutz. That seems to be about the time McLoughlin left
the Wave and hooked up with Adams at the Forum. The two of them then proceeded to trash Stabile and Lutz's
fiancée, Suzanne Stakofsky, in the Forum. Shortly thereafter, Lutz dropped out of the race. Obvious, at least to me, is that they used a newspaper to accomplish a political end that they felt would somehow benefit their friend, Ariola.

I'm no supporter of Stabile and certainly believe that he is corrupt. I don't fault the Forum for exposing
him. I do, however fault McLoughlin and Adams for not doing it until it served their political purpose. I
find it extremely hard to believe, since they both have been supporters of Stabile since before 1993, and
played important roles in his 1993 and 1997 campaigns, that they were totally unaware of his actions until
now. Just as Ariola apparently ignored his corrupt actions until recently, so did they until it served
their political purpose, not the public good.

In my opinion, the Wave is well rid of McLoughlin. Ariola seems to think she can pop back up after being
among the missing except at election time. From one side of her mouth Ariola tells us she's got experience
and has been fixing our problems as a Council staffer and city employee. From the other side of her mouth
she tells us government has been ignoring Rockaway. Well, which story is it?  She's been part of that government that's been ignoring us and our needs. We should be well rid of her too. In recent weeks, Pat Adams has been heard saying that the Forum was branching out into Rockaway. Is the mysterious Rockaway Voice her trial balloon? If so, we'd be well rid of it too.

MIKE LEPORE


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