We’ve seen our local government spend upwards of $900,000 ”freshening up” the office spaces for senior county employees during a difficult recession. We’ve seen local elected officials buying campaign advertisements with taxpayer dollars. What we hadn’t seen, until now, was local government censoring opposing viewpoints in the local mainstream media. Really, is there any low Prince William County government would not sink to? It’s rather hard to tell.
David Montgomery is the director of the Prince William Symphony, an entity that is on the “outs” with the government boards that dispense taxpayer dollars to favored non-profits involved in the arts. Other entities, primarily the Manassas Ballet has managed to secure the lion’s share of public funding and given that the leadership of the Manassas Ballet is also an elected official it’s not all that hard to imagine how that happened. The Prince William Symphony ended up with nothing and is having a bit of a challenge surviving solely on private contributions, but they’re still around and do a few concerts from time to time.
Montgomery has gotten fed up with this state of affairs, and with all the public relations skills of a wounded badger has bombarded anyone who will listen with occasional bursts of disgust at how corrupt this system is. Recently he shot the News & Messenger an editorial and quite surprisingly they ran it. I had gotten a copy of this with a request to run it as a guest post, but I decided against it figuring it would probably do the cause of the Prince William Symphony more harm than good. I like what Montgomery is trying to do, but cringe at how he sometimes decides to do it.
So the News & Messenger ran it for some reason. It’s somewhat disturbing to think that my editorial filter could possibly be more selective than theirs, but maybe it was a slow day for them. Montgomery’s diatribe lands on insidenova.com. And then it disappears.
Apparently, Jason Grant at the Communications Department of the county had a chat with the editors of the News & Messenger about this opinion piece. As unfathomable as it might be to consider that a news organization supposedly committing “journalism” would comply with such a request, it’s stunning to think that a representative of a local government would actually make it. Prince William County government has gotten so far out of control under its current leadership it is becoming extremely difficult to make any qualitative distinctions between it and the Chinese Communist Party.
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