From Delegate Smigiel’s Official Blog —
On Aug. 9, 2010 I wrote a response to the outrageous article appearing in the Cecil Guardian. It appeared here under the title Journalism 101.
Shortly after having written the Article, Journalism 101, I received a visit from the Publisher/Owner of the Cecil Guardian, Mr. De Freitas who was responding to a phone call I had made asking why I had not been notified before the story about Commissioner candidate Ted Kolodzey’s ranting about Senator Pipkin and I wanting to destroy the County was published.
Mr. De Freitas began his conversation with me by trying to justify his article by hiding behind the fact that “it is what Kolodzey actually said”. I responded that it does not matter what Kolodzey said, the ethical and professional obligation of his paper is to call the parties involved in a story. I told him that both he and his reporter had an ethical obligation to give the Senator and myself a chance to respond to the spurious allegations. It should be the policy of any newspaper, to call a public official, for comment, who is being accused of being out to destroy the government they have been elected to represent.