The SEARCH for TRUTH, THE GRANGER MEMO, plus, TOUCHDOWN, PPD OFFICER SOURCE, SCORES FOR WE THE PEOPLE in STEROIDsGATE
BY DAN VALENTI
ADD 2, April 18, 2011: A call is placed.
(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE) — We can share this brief update. The Planet called Chief Wynn this afternoon. His secretary did not pick up nor did the chief, so the call kicked into voice mail. I left the message that if Chief Michael Wynn wants to correct any misstatements of facts or help The Planet improve the accuracy of what we are sharing on SteroidsGate and its tributary issues, we would love to get this information.
The issue is transparency, for the police and The Planet as well. We are not hiding anything nor trying to “uncover” anything. We are simply responding to information from various sources that is coming our way. The sources are real. The information they provide is, also. We don’t claim it is the entire story. We don’t favor any agenda other than the truth.
The truth does not fear the light. It welcomes the light and retreats from the darkness. The Boring Broadsheet will not present the truth, as is its first responsibility as a source of mainstream journalism, and they can live with their conscience and declining circulation. We can live with our conscience and our growing circulation.
The Planet has no dog in this fight. We simply go where the evidence leads us. If SteroidsGate begins and ends with one police officer and one state trooper, no one will be more grateful than us. We do remind our readers that there are at least two investigation ongoing, one local by a law enforcement agency not the PPD that Chief Wynn has not identified, and by the feds connected with the Postal Service and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
ADD 1, April 18, 2011: Memo on the Loose
(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, APRIL, 18, 2011) — Let The Planet be clear. We have not solicited sources from the PPD other than official calls, mostly to Chief Wynn. Our informants are coming to us. We are about free speech and sharing of information and opinion, checked out as best we can. This is cyberjournalism. While it undergoes the vetting of print (as The Planet conducts it, anyhow), cyberspace is more of a frontier and badlands. That is the delicate balance that makes this medium so dynamic.
FROM CAPT. DAVID GRANGER
Typically I would not comment in a department e-mail regarding what is posted on Blogs or in the paper, but the person or persons behind the various unauthorized releases of information, particularly to Valenti, deserve comment and the officers of this department deserve to have their command staff defend them.
First when someone tells the truth it is never an issue or a problem, no matter if the truth is good or bad for the individual or the department. I have always supported what is fair, right and proper and encourage any member of the department to do the same. If you lie, falsify reports and act improperly you get what is deemed appropriate punishment by the Chief, the City Labor Attorney and the appointing authority. The record of discipline (which has been reviewed by Civil Service) has been fair and consistent over the years and I support this.
But I will never support half truths, distorted facts, made up lies and personal vendettas against individuals and character assassination, particularly when they come from a fellow worker(s) and are portrayed in the manner they have been on Valenti’s blog. (fortunately not many intelligent people read or associate themselves for long with a blog as malicious and self serving as his)
It is unfortunate that officers make mistakes and engage in improper behavior at times but officers are human beings and just like all human beings they make mistakes and engage in improper behavior at times. This is not an excuse but the reality of the world we live in. Society is imperfect at times, officers come from society, so therefore officers will be imperfect at times.The real problem is the behavior that this person or persons are engaging in doesn’t just affect the officer or officers written about, it affects their entire family and the families of all officers. I single out and concentrate on the sworn members of the department because each unauthorized internal release of information has been directed at sworn officers and has been used to paint all officers with the same brush.
Officer Touchdown Scores
Good week,everyone. The sun is shining on The Planet, but doesn’t it always? It is the one place in the known universe where one does not have to light a match to see the sun.
It was a busy week and weekend, with the yardwork getting done, the flora and fauna abloom, and sources within the Pittsfield Police Department speaking up and out. Sources aren’t using names, but they are giving information in secret meetings help in vacant parking garages. Don’t you like the “All the Presiden’ts Men” touch?