Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Hartzman's prepared statement on John Hammer, Roy Carroll and the Rhino Times, from last night's City Council meeting

"Please remove John Hammer from the press box, as he is not a reporter, but the propaganda arm of Carroll Companies, amongst others.

John doesn't deserve to sit where those in the press are ethically obligated to represent and disseminate some truth.

John Hammer is not a journalist, but Roy Carroll's lobbyist parading as a reporter performing non-random acts of cowardice.

John specializes in unconscionable smear pieces aimed at Roy Carroll's political opponents, while lining his pockets with the political campaign cash of Roy's chosen few.

Last week John wrote a column advocating for private inspectors who wouldn't be subject to open records law to handle Roy's downtown projects while leaving the less connected worse off, potentially saving Roy millions via crony approved shortcuts without public oversight, backed by Jim Barber.

Two weeks ago, John wrote that Roy suggested cutting City Council from nine to seven to get more business people on Council.

Last week he declined to name who's idea it was, and that it is up to Trudy Wade and the other Carroll owned state legislators.

Soon to be Roy Carroll, Koury, Kotis and Melvin backed mayoral candidate Mike Barber said it was a great idea, which was proudly circulated in the Rhino by Roy's yellow boy John.

Please take a seat outside the press box Mr. Hammer, as you have forfeited the right to your title, especially after your factual inexactitudes on Council redistricted election rigging for your benefactors at the expense of Greensboro's taxpayers and our community."