Monday, November 9, 2015

Why Not Greensboro Too?

Have you ever pondered the differences between Greensboro and Raleigh? Have you ever wondered why Raleigh, once much smaller than Greensboro, is now larger and more successful with higher employment, higher wages and a higher standard of living?

I'm sure economists can point to lots of reasons as to why Raleigh has constantly outperformed Greensboro in my lifetime of 59 years on this planet and I'll not argue with any of them but I'd like to point you to a publication that has existed in Raleigh for over 30 years that has without a doubt lead the way in keeping Raleigh's local leaders on the straight and narrow.

In this week's edition of Indy Week is a story titled, Live Nation will not tell the city of Raleigh how Walnut Creek performed in 2015—or at least they wouldn't in which they tell their readers how Live Nation is hiding what should be public information from the public.

Now here's what's interesting about that story and how it relates to Greensboro:

Live Nation is owned by the Mafia. Some of you will remember, thirty plus years ago, they were known as Cellar Door and were forced to break up by the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) because they had monopolized the live concert industry. But they simply broke it up into several smaller Mafia owned companies. They have since monopolized it again. Their man in Greensboro is none other than Rocky Scarfone who currently controls bookings throughout Greensboro and the Piedmont Triad.

Rocky and Live Nation book the Greensboro Coliseum as well. But does Eric Ginsburg of Triad City Beat report on this? Hell no, like the rest of Greensboro's mercenary media, Eric and Triad City Beat are bought and paid for.

The same thing is happening here. Even local bands and local club owners are secretly telling me they are being coerced to handle their bookings through Live Nation and Rocky Scarfone. Why aren't these stories being told in Greensboro first?

Could one of the reasons our city lags behind be that our local media is in-fact a bought and paid for mercenary media?