By Royce DeBow: A challenge to the media
As you have probably noticed, there have been letters in recent issues of area newspapers concerning Delavan liberal Democrat Ryan Schroeder. There appears to be two camps of writers; those who believe Ryan Schroeder is honest, intelligent, capable, etc., and those who believe Ryan Schroeder has violated campaign law, committed more than count of malfeasance while holding public office, and generally exhibited a willingness to lie about his record as a public official as well as his opponents' in order to curry favor with voters.
As a presumably responsible party with regard to informing the public, I believe it is in your interest, that of your publisher and readers to not only report the truth when it is apparent, but pursue the truth with it becomes clouded with personal and political agendas. Since politicians and candidates may have their own version of the truth, it seems that the media is the entity most likely to hold responsibility for ascertaining and then reporting the actual truth.
I propose that reporters (and/or) editors of area newspapers who cover Delavan or Walworth County, act as arbiter between the two pervasive viewpoints concerning liberal Democrat Ryan Schroeder. As someone representing the large group of individuals who believe that Schroeder is wholly a fraud in the persona he and supporters have constructed to advance his political career, I offer and in fact challenge area media as well as Schroeder supporters to meet with those representatives from the group of people who believe Schroeder has lied, broken the law, etc. Such a meeting would likely lead to egg on someone's face. Schroeder supporters should jump at the chance to prove wrong area conservatives who have criticized their golden boy. My guess is they will cower from the opportunity. If that is the case, you have to ask yourself why?
If you are contacted by Schroeder supporters asking you to stop publishing letters from those who criticize Schroeder, I invite you to make the offer outlined above. If they insist you confirm statements made in such letters, then I would expect whatever standards may be applied to those who criticize Schroeder, be applied to those who defend and market Schroeder.
If Schroeder supporters won't meet with the media and opponents simultaneously to answer charges made, I would suggest that they are afraid we have proof of Schroeder's misdeeds and know that if pressed, they will lose in the court of public opinion. It seems their constant push of liberal Democrat Ryan Schroeder for various offices, is predicated on absolutely no challenges from within their party as well as complete avoidance of directly confronting those charges made to date.
My hope is that the media will engage on the Schroeder scandals and help inform the public once and for all, about the truth regarding Ryan Schroeder and his political and campaigning 'career'.
(The author is an aide to 32nd District Assemblyman Thomas Lothian)