This humor was on display at their May 9 meeting. Supervisor Mark Tanczos, who usually covers developments as an agenda item, announced, "We have no development in Hanover Township."
That resulted in some laughter.
It also resulted in this wisecrack from Supervisor Jack Nagle.
"Look at the bright side," he said, "We don't have a hole in the ground."
Nagle was referring to Pawlowski's hole. His comment brought more laughter, mostly at him, as Manager Jay Finnigan buried his head in his hands.
As a person who was actually there, and who attends their meetings regularly, the Supervisors were laughing mostly at themselves and Nagle, as they always do. Nagle is often on the receiving end.
Andrew McGill is a Morning Call reporter. Hanover Township is not his beat. I did not see him at that meeting, and have learned he was not there. But nearly two weeks later, when it was no longer topical, McGill posted a blog about it at Valley 610, including a 19-second audio clip from the meeting. He fails to credit this blog, which is the only place where anyone could have learned about what actually happened.
Almost immediately after publishing that little audio excerpt, numerous comments began to appear on this Morning Call blog, which is not exactly known for interactivity. In a matter of 24 hours, there were 26 comments, trashing the Hanover Township Board of Supervisors. They even included a link to my picture of Finnigan.
Very obviously, this was a set up. Instead of actually reporting the news or something that he witnessed, McGill (or the editor who assigned him this task) appears to be playing to the unions. They jump right in with comments about the gazillions jobs.
McGill, knowingly or unknowingly,distorts some humor to make Hanover Township Supervisors look like callous bastards who are laughing at Allentown. A Pro-NIZ blogger, who also failed to appear at this meeting, brays "Hanover Township Assholes Have a Good Laugh About Screwing Allentown." Another absentee and anonymous blogger snarls, "Hanover Township and Bernie Laugh About Causing Trouble for Allentown."
I get attacked, too, naturally. One commenter states I'm lucky that "all of these union construction guys aren't the thugs he calls them or he'd most likely get his pathetically smug smile smacked right off his face."
That was probably posted by a thug.
I can understand Bill White or Paul Carpenter taking pro-NIZ positions. They're columnists, and even I would rather read their pro-NIZ views than yet another story about riding a motorcycle sans helmet.
Also, I am a bottom-feeding blogger and freely admit my bias. But what happens when the supposedly objective gatekeepers distort what happened at a meeting to promote a political agenda?
Fortunately, they no longer are the gatekeepers, although they still like to look down their noses at us.
That's why they usually get zero comments.
Updated 11:30 AM: A Morning Call reporter whom I know and trust acknowledges that Andrew McGill failed to attend the meeting. Freelancer Tony Nauroth, however, was there, and I saw him myself. Nauroth wrote no story, but told McGill about the incident, and he was merely following up on that information. I still have lots of questions, but will drop it.