Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Tomorrow's News Today II

A preview of tomorrow's print column:

I do not know who the Penn Delco school district will hire to replace outgoing solicitor Mark Sereni but I have a suggestion:


After Sereni's expulsion last week, three of the seven board members voted not to advertise for a new solicitor.

Initially, some people thought this was nothing but a surly protest vote. But it has since occurred to me maybe they're on to something.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

For God's sake, Gil, will you leave this man alone? What is your problem with this guy? You really decided to slander a nice guy and people are getting tired of it.

Why don't you get yourself a woman? This obsession isn't normal.

October 2, 2007 at 11:16 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

isn't it enough for you that you got the guy fired with your slander?

October 2, 2007 at 12:06 PM 
Anonymous BJ said...

Anonymous -
Good investigative journalism - in which journalists investigate and expose unethical, immoral and illegal behavior by individuals, businesses and government agencies - can be complicated and time-consuming. I would expect a subject like this would take several articles over several months to cover thoroughly.

Investigative journalism is inherently confrontational; when conducted correctly, it can draw attention to problems that need to be addressed. I'm sorry you take offense to the information Gil has shared.

October 2, 2007 at 12:23 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow...someone just doesn't like Gil or is way too sensitive. How in those few words do you know the whole article is about Sereni. Based on what I read and how I interpreted the beginning of the article, I did not see as a slam against Sereni but more likely heading towards a slam against the school board or members of the school board for their votes. Yes he mentions Sereni but in the context about a subsequent vote at the last meeting on finding his replacement. Unless you have seen the rest of the article, I just don't see how you can think it is all about Sereni. But then again, that is JMO.

October 2, 2007 at 12:48 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too find Gil's comments very interesting. I too question why three members of the school board voted the way they did. Was it for legal reasons? Did they know something the rest didn't? There are many many questions unanswered when it comes to this situation stay tuned people. I feel there is a lot more to come. Gotta be a REAL GOOD REASON why someone would put theirself in this kind of a predicament for a part-time job. If all else fails maybe that petition will come into play!!!! The people may have the final word on all this craziness. Stay tuned there's sure to be more fireworks!!!!! JMO

October 2, 2007 at 1:32 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess Gil is no longer allowed to use Mark Sereni's name in any future articles. The mere mention of this man's name brings out people jumping on Gil saying he's obsessed with him and they feel the need to defend Sereni. All I saw in the brief bit of the upcoming article was the man's name and nothing about any alledged wrongdoing or his service to the school board. Maybe others need to wait until the whole story is in print before commenting the contents of an unseen article.

October 2, 2007 at 3:10 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please, people, have you not read how Gil Spencer has slandered Mark Sereni for MONTHS..writing defamatory BS with NO FACTS and smearing Mark until until he got him FIRED???

Gil I hope he sues the pants off you, as long as I don't have to see it.

October 2, 2007 at 3:44 PM 
Anonymous bj's kidding, right? said...

bj: Are you kidding? You are confusing investigative journalists - which Gil is not - with OPINION COLUMNISTS - which is all Gil is.

October 2, 2007 at 4:03 PM 
Anonymous SOS DD said...

Something tells me that if Gil had legitimately slandered, or in this case made libelous claims about Mark Sereni he would have been sued months ago.

I think anyone who has followed this knows Mark Sereni would have no problem filing a lawsuit against someone who defamed him. This is the same guy who filed a lawsuit against 3 anonymous posters on a community forum right?

October 2, 2007 at 4:29 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Mark Sereni feels Gil's columns are slanderous then Mark can sue Gil and the Daily Times for slander. I truly believe if Sereni brought that lawsuit against the Daily Times and Gil, it would appear in the paper very quickly with Gil's "spin" on it. So far, I have not seen any mention of a lawsuit aimed at the Daily Times or Gil for his opinion pieces regarding Sereni. If Gil is so slanderous with his comments, I would have to believe Sereni would have filed that lawsuit many months ago when he filed the lawsuit against 3 bloggers (John Doe 1-3).

Also, keep in mind, the burden of proof of slander or libel is on the person presenting the lawsuit. That person would need to prove the words written/said about him cost him current clients and earnings. So far to my knowledge he was only dimissed by the Penn-Delco school board and not fired by any other clients based on Gil's columns. His dismissal was prompted more by the petition than anything in my opinion. If he was dismissed by the Penn-Delco school board solely on what is written in Gil's columns then shame on the school board. Especially for someone who had worked for the school district for 17 years.

One more thing, just because Mark Sereni's name is mentioned in an article by Gil, it does not mean it is about him. I have to agree with the previous posters that from what little of the article is printed how can you know it is all about Mark Sereni and any bad things he may have or have not done. I may be proven wrong when the remainder of Gil's article appears but so far all I see is Mark's name being referenced and nothing about him.

October 2, 2007 at 4:32 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, the firing was more fueled by the petition than by Gil? And who continuously fueled the fire under that petition? And antagonized the school board until they turned on Sereni? In my view, the people behind that petition and Gil Spencer acted together to bring this man down. And they got him fired.

October 2, 2007 at 4:54 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gil, It sounds like the same person wrote many of the comments against you... Stand strong, Gil you are doing a great job keeping us informed.. Thanks

October 2, 2007 at 4:57 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wouldn't let Gil off the hook so quickly by saying that he wasn't slanderous just because he hasn't been sued yet.

If, as you say, a person has to have lost earnings or clients to sue for slander, and if, as you say, the school district is the only client Sereni lost (albeit a big one!) how could he have sued months ago? Wouldn't this be the appropriate time?

October 2, 2007 at 5:00 PM 
Anonymous BJ said...

I was not kidding.

October 2, 2007 at 5:12 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous2 said...

Anonymous said:

Wouldn't this be the appropriate time?

Anonymous2 says: Are you trying to tell us something? A shot across the bow perhaps?

October 2, 2007 at 5:26 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, bj, I don't think you are alone in the misimpression that opinion columnists like Gil Spencer are actual reporters. But to mistake him for an investigative reporter is quite a stretch!

He doesn't report facts. He doesn't disclose sources. He just writes whatever he thinks about people or is told by his sources and some people, incredibly, are naive enough to listen to him and believe whatever he says is true.

October 2, 2007 at 5:27 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could it be, that they may consider Mr. Steffy's attorney? Just a thought.

October 2, 2007 at 8:22 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anybody care to describe how it tasted eating their own words this morning when they discovered Gil slimed Mark Sereni again? Gil never fails to disappoint. And he keeps repeating a lie, by saying Sereni threatened to sue the district.

Which he either knows or has every reason to know is a lie. Because his sources are corrupt.

That's a problem.

October 3, 2007 at 10:09 AM 
Anonymous The real slim shady said...

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October 4, 2007 at 1:23 AM 
Anonymous p.o'neill said...

I agree with Slim Shady that Gil should report more on the FBI investigation of our Congressman. As detailed this week in the Washington Times, the FBI is investigating a matter that may ensnare the Sestak campaign.

October 4, 2007 at 7:56 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll read the Inquirer, NY Times or Wash Post for my national news. DT is a LOCAL paper and is charged with reporting LOCAL news.

October 4, 2007 at 12:53 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First let me say, I don't normally agree with Gil's stance (aka spin) in many of his columns. With that said however, how can you be so sure that Mark Sereni did not make the threat that Gil has written about. Were you present at that meeting? If so, put your name out there as a desenting voice with a letter to the editor. Or did someone from that meeting tell you there was no threat? How do you know they weren't lying to you and that they have their own agenda as you say others have? I would have a problem with Gil stating there was a threat if only one source made that comment to him but if multiple sources confirm the alledged threat then the "journalist" had collaberating stories and would be within his journalistic right to print it. If these sources do have an agenda and are using Gil to "do their dirty work" good for them for using him as their patsy. And shame on Gil for being taken in so easliy.

October 4, 2007 at 2:55 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

shame on gil. and them.

October 4, 2007 at 8:41 PM 
Anonymous Insider said............. said...

Listen. And listen good. You may not believe this, but I am telling all of you out there. Leslie is gone. Keith is gone, yet nothing has changed.

The CFO must be removed from his position along with the Director of H.R. He has his nose in everything.

He is a dictator. I know him like I know the back of my hand. He is ruthless.

The residents blast the board, yet the culpit is he who sits there meek and mild. He is running the show.

In the end, you all will see. And as long as the GOP have ties we will have problems.

October 7, 2007 at 8:56 PM 

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