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Tim Croes Of “The Braysider” Again, Within The Year, Has A Conflict Of Interest. Will They Disclose This Time?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.managingconflictsofinteresta

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Just Some Related Posts:
>> Some atrocious news coverage … — June 30, 2013.
>> ‘The Braysider’ shamelessly stays silent on May 13 meeting
>> — May 23, 2013.

>> ‘The Baysider’ stays silent on key School Board meeting – May 3, 2013.
>> ‘The Braysider’ refuses to confess conflict of interest — May 9, 2013.
>> ‘The Baysider’ Tim Croses’ undisclosed conflict of interest with ACS
>>– May 3, 2013.

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From May 3, 2013. That was then and I am now talking April 17, 2014. Click to access May 3 post IF you can't remember.

From May 3, 2013. That was then and I am now talking April 17, 2014.

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To me the issue always has been and always will be one of DISCLOSURE.

If they disclose I have no problem.

But the problem is that they, pathetic as they innately are, refuse to disclose breaching every ethical standard in the book. But then again, I am not sure of any book on ethics that will suggest that it is clever for an editor to brag, in print, as he did on November 29, 2012, that he was speeding along at 90 mph because he was in a hurry.

Not sure whether other than me cares. So this could be a non-issue.

Alton seems to be at peace. All strife but bad memories from the past. So ‘conflict of interest’ might not matter.

From Andrew Harvey's WordPress blog. Click to ENLARGE.

From Andrew Harvey’s WordPress blog. Click to ENLARGE.

“The Braysider” Sanctimonious, Disingenuous Editorial About Bullying Did Not Impress Me!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Just Some Related Posts:
>> Some atrocious news coverage … — June 30, 2013.
>> ‘The Braysider’ shamelessly stays silent on May 13 meeting
>> — May 23, 2013.

>> ‘The Baysider’ stays silent on key School Board meeting – May 3, 2013.
>> ‘The Braysider’ refuses to confess conflict of interest — May 9, 2013.
>> ‘The Baysider’ Tim Croses’ undisclosed conflict of interest with ACS
>>– May 3, 2013.

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This week’s, viz. October 24, 2013, ‘Editorial’ in the Alton ‘The Braysider’ did not impress me. Actually made me mad. Hence this post.

There has been some MAJOR bullying incidents at Alton Central School (ACS) this year — some of it covered to an extent at the Board Meetings. I wrote about these incidents and what was happening at the Board Meeting. Even TODAY there are people reading my posts on these bullying related matters at ACS. There was also a 3rd-party bullying investigation at ACS that took place this Summer and I suspect it costs Alton Taxpayers at least $6,000. I asked about this at a School Board meeting just to get it on the record.

During all this time, ‘The Braysider’, with its CONFLICT OF INTEREST with ACS, and essentially the paid mouthpiece of ACS, stayed mum about bullying.

So to now see an Editorial about bullying makes me MAD — especially because it says NOTHING about what has been going on at ACS in terms of the issues. Just the steps being taken.

Then there is the bit when ‘he’ starts to tell PARENTS what to do! Give me a bloody break.

Who on the writing staff at ‘The Braysider’ has any (legitimate) children? So what expertise do they have about parenthood? Plus this from the guy that boasted in PRINT that he drives around at 90 miles per hour!

So, I was not impressed.

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‘The Braysider’, Gauche By Nature, Shameless By Design, Refuses To Confess Conflict Of Interest, But Continues To Bray.

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Related Posts:
>> Subterfuge ‘The Braysider’ makes pitch for more $$$ — May 5, 2013.
>> ‘The Baysider’ Tim Croses’ undisclosed conflict of interest with ACS
>>May 3, 2013.

>> ‘The Baysider’ stays silent on key Board Of Health & Alton Central
>>  School (ACS) Board 
‘special’ meeting — May 2, 2013.
>> Code of ethics for professional journalists — May 3, 2013.
>> “Always do right” … — May 4, 2013.

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This is what they said about the pivotal meeting that they chose NOT to cover. Basically they are still dragging their feet on covering it. Always disingenuous excuses. They are so gauche it is embarrassing if not for the fact that it is so sad.

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Alton Schools’ Hitherto Subterfuge Newspaper, ‘The Braysider’, Again Brays Shamelessly To Appropriate More Alton Taxpayer Dollars!

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Related Posts:
>> ‘The Baysider’ Tim Croses’ undisclosed conflict of interest with ACS
>>May 3, 2013.

>> ‘The Baysider’ stays silent on key Board Of Health & Alton Central
>>  School (ACS) Board 
‘special’ meeting — May 2, 2013.
>> Code of ethics for professional journalists — May 3, 2013.
>> “Always do right” … — May 4, 2013.

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Click to ENLARGE. That is what I thought of that shameless braying now that we ALL know the undisclosed conflicts of interest.

Click to ENLARGE. That is what I thought of that shameless braying now that we ALL know the undisclosed conflicts of interest.

I was not amused by this so called ‘advertorial‘ from the minute I read it in the May 2, 2013 propaganda piece, especially because I was still fuming that they chose, for what is now very obvious were political, self-serving means, not to cover what was a pivotal Alton Board of Health vs. Alton Central School Board special meeting on April 29. Then thanks to School Board member, the ever vigilant Mr. Steve Miller, the TAX PAYERS FRIEND, who left a comment on this blog, we discover, and get confirmation from the Superintendent, that ‘The Braysider’ reporter works for ACS — though that has never been disclosed. Let me, as a professional journalist myself, and one with considerably more international recognition, prestige and credibility than those that work for this local rag, get one thing clear. I, nor anybody else in Alton, has any issue about the damn reporter working for the school. That was never the issue. That is fine. The issue was the lack of DISCLOSURE. Full disclosure is a part and parcel of responsible public reporting.

Even on this blog, when I talk about financial matters, I always make a point to disclose, very clearly, whether I have a stake in any of the ‘products’ I am writing about. That is because I cut my journalistic teeth on major, worldwide publications such as: ‘Data Communications‘, ‘Network World‘, ‘LAN Times‘ and ‘Business Communications Review‘.

And before anybody else starts trying to clamber up their high-horse trying to say that I am trying to make a mountain out of a molehill, I have an e-mail, sent to me last Friday, from the so called editor saying: I do realize there probably should have been a statement on that, as we had when Tim’s neighbors were involved in a case. That is my mistake, I will freely admit that‘.

Well lets see if he has the kahunas if not the integrity to admit to this in public. Friday’s e-mail exchange was in no way privileged. So I will have no compunction in publicizing it all.

What got me about this ‘advertorial‘, disguised as an ‘editorial’, was that the writer is not an Alton tax payer. As far as I know he pays no property tax anywhere in NH, or for that matter anywhere in the known Universe. But, he thinks it is ‘OK’ to talk about MORE spending without disclosing his nefarious conflicts of interests.

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At this point let me AGAIN remind you that this was the aging, mid-30s guy who PUBLICLY BOASTED, in print, that he was speeding at 90 mph. I, as a parent, flagged this. I was shocked. But, none of YOU did anything. I guess you don’t care. Shame on YOU. He could have easily killed one of MY kids! 90 mph is criminal speeding.

This is a man that spends much of his time with teenagers, many just getting behind the wheel of car. And he boasts that it is ‘OK’ to drive at 90 mph! Yes, I know that he is like the pope. He does not feel that he has to answer to anyone on Earth. This is now becoming very clear. You can see the pattern. Do 90 mph and boast about it in print. Omit his conflicts of interest and think that Alton tax payers deserve to be duped because they are not as smart as him. We have had Presidents like that and lots of popes. So, I ask YOU. Are YOU going to have YOUR VOICE heard?

There is more. The reporter who felt that it was perfectly permissible not to disclose his germane, blatant conflict of interest is an assistant baseball coach at Brewster. Well, in my book that is not cricket. Sports is all about learning values. And those values are not that of breaking the law, i.e., criminal speeding at 90 mph, or violation of professional ethics, i.e., non-disclosure of crucial conflicts of interests.

Yes, I am riled. Yes, we feel violated! Why, because we had treated these two as friends. So there is an element of personal betrayal here. But, that is fine. C’est la vie. It is the duping of my fellow Alton citizens, specially the tax payers that irks me.

OK. I feel much better now. Time to celebrate. I just completed the process to publish my 1st print book in 18 months. Yes, I published a bunch of Kindle ebooks, but since I am very old-fashioned I don’t really think of those as bona fide books, though everybody tells me that they are the future. I like printed books.

The Quote Of The Day ….

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I wrote a monthly column for ‘Network World‘ for many, many years. Since we, as columnists, had sway over much of the industry, the editor of ‘Network World‘ would often send us reminders, via e-mails, of our duty first and foremost to ourselves as professional journalists, to our readers, to the industry and then to the Newspaper. Often, it would be just this one line from Mark Twain. I was not familiar with it prior to getting the first e-mail with it as the subject line.

I loved it, albeit next to my creed:
If you lose all your wealth, you have lost nothing at all. If you lose your health, you have lost something. If you lose your credibility, you have lost everything‘.


Click to access via Google Books. Yes, you can find lots and lots of my columns there. I am kind of glad that Google has done this because I gave up keeping piles of my clipping when it reached about 4 feet.

Click to access via Google Books. Yes, you can find lots and lots of my columns there. I am kind of glad that Google has done this because I gave up keeping piles of my clipping when it reached about 4 feet.



Professional Journalists Do Have A Code Of Ethics That Admonishes Conflicts Of Interest.

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Related Posts:
>> ‘The Baysider’ Tim Croses undisclosed conflict of interest with ACS
>>May 3, 2013.

>> ‘The Baysider’ Stays Silent On Key Board Of Health & Alton Central
>> School (ACS) Board 
‘Special’ Meeting — May 2, 2013.


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Alton Central Superintendent Mr. Lander Confirms That ‘The Baysider’ Alton Reporter ‘Tim Croes’ Has Served As A Substitute Teacher During This School Year.

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Related Post:
>> ‘The Baysider’ Stays Silent On Key Board Of Health & Alton Central School (ACS) Board
>> ‘Special’ Meeting — May 2, 2013.


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This came about by this comment left yesterday afternoon by ACS School Board member Steve Miller.

Remember that in yesterday’s post I said that there are concerned taxpayers in Alton that openly refer to ‘The Baysider‘ as the Alton Central School (ACS) Official Newspaper. This definitely adds credence to that claim, especially in light of what has been a very contentious year between the taxpayers and the ‘school’ because of the bond issue.

Full disclosure is said to be the norm in U.S. journalism.

There are many things that can be said about this, but for now I will just stick with two: conflict of interest and credibility.

Yes, over the last 15 minutes I have had e-mail exchanges with both Josh Spaulding and Tim. Yes, I have asked Josh to resign. That is what I would have done if I was in his unfortunate shoes.

Credibility.