Worcester Superintendent Maureen Binienda is a a great lady, and does a tremendous job running New England’s second largest school district. She was also my principal at South High School, and I saw first hand how much she truly cared about all students at Worcester’s most diverse high school. So I commented on the Turtlegram and Gazette’s Facebook page to share my thoughts on this matter of public concern yesterday, after Spanky McFarlane used his platform to race bait as usual:
The comment got a bunch of likes as clearly many in the community agreed with it. I went to go leave another comment today after the published an article about the same topic, but found out that I was blocked from commenting:
Just to review, the newspaper of record in Worcester County has blocked a citizen because their opinion supporting the Superintendent on a matter of public concern was not an opinion the newspaper itself agreed with. Remember this the next time they complain that President Trump is a threat to free speech. And please, whatever you do, DO NOT flood their comments section with #FreeClarence or flood their Facebook page with negative reviews.
If they want to ban Clarence from their page that’s their prerogative. But it’s their reasoning for doing so that should be alarming to people. This is a contentious issue in Worcester right now, and it’s clear that the Telegram is taking steps to ban support for Binienda. They are using their platform to control the conversation and silence dissenting opinions. They’re not the government so it’s not a First Amendment violation. But they don’t get masquerade as an independent newspaper when they take actions like that.
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