Hangtown Rebukes Mt Democrat's Reporting, Public Agrees
A post on a Facebook site called Hangtown lambaste the news story's unverified, anonymous source that implied that the theft of the Hangman was a "publicity Stunt." Over 100 people "Liked" the comment within hours.
Cris Alarcon, Placerville Newswire, July 31, 2012
Referring to the story titled Hangtown dummy stolen, returned the post read, "Shame on you Mt. Democrat and 'unnamed merchant' for suggesting this was staged. If you personally knew the Taylors, you would know that never in a million years would they pull a stunt like this. This is not the first time the dummy has been stolen, and while some may think pranks are funny, this was no laughing matter to the Taylors. The front door was broken into, and damage was done to the building, something Sue and Tim would never do. They cherish these buildings and have beautiful plans to restore the Herrick and Hangman Tree Buildings. I 'speculate' you are one of the same merchants who wanted the buildings torn down in the first place. You need to have some respect for the Taylors and maybe you will someday when the buildings are finished, and thriving businesses again in our community."
This comment invoked an outpouring of dissatisfaction with the local paper's reporting.
Terry Ridner wrote, "this is why I don't read the Democrap, they'd sell more papers if they'd put out some real news." Tami Casper added, "That's why I don't read the Mt. Democrat. Shame, shame, shame!!!" Domini Yeske wrote, "Hmmmm... I have always called it the Mtn 'Enquirer'...just sayin. Most peeps here understand that,although it doesn't make their statements right."
Valerie Misch said, "I'd be questioning the 'anonymous business person."
Cierra Dawn Baumunk wrote that she thought the article was slander. Chris Mills thought, "Mt. Demo always gets it wrong."
Pat Parker expressed it this way, "This article reminds me of the way the sleazy tabloids are written. I think the writer is trying to make a hit with the in that the Taylors were behind the dummy napping. He is a new writer and he is trying to make an impression on his boss."
Jeanne Falkenstein asked "This is news?? A crime reporter is to report the facts ~~ not opinions. Opinions are called an editorial. The unnamed merchant needs to grow up and stop complaining or fess up and add his name."
Joan Wilkerson Cook asked, "Suppose it could be the same 'unnamed merchant' who moved to town and objected to being across the street from a hanging dummy? Note the article was penned by a 2012 addition to the Mt. Demo staff ..." "I stopped taking the paper for 9 months and was talked into a new, 1/2 price subscription. Wonder how much refund I can get?