I've got a problem with Tom Cristy. You know Tom, he hosts Legislative Journal on LCTV. For us political junkies, his show is sometimes entertaining, sometimes volatile and sometimes worth changing the channel. But that's not where my problem with Christy surfaces.
In his recent GNN column about his FAIR Government group, he made the statement that "since FAIR is non-political, non-editorial and educational in nature, it has no concern with who the particular players are". What complete and utter bullshit.
Firstly, Tom Christy is a die-hard Democrat. He worked for the New York State Assembly for, I believe, 12 years under the Democratic Majority. While he sits there railing elected officials for their actions, he conveniently forgets to mention that for 12 years, he sucked off the public teat. Tom, you had 12 years to make a difference, and did nothing to make New York State a better place to live and work. You were a political appointee. I guess while you're getting that paycheck from the taxpayers of this state, the dysfunction is okay. Amazingly hypocritical.
Secondly, in regards to FAIR being "non-political" and "non-editorial", I cannot even begin to comprehend how he could make such a statement. He has become so overtly political, alienating anyone and everyone along the way, that he is having serious trouble getting guests on his show. County Manager Greg Lewis, possibly the least political person in Niagara County's government, will not go on Christy's show. By the way, Christy recently stated that Lewis is no longer welcome on his show, insinuating that he, Christy, made the decision. That is an absolute lie. Lewis informed Christy that he will no longer appear on the show via email. I am attempting to get a copy of that email.
His personal attack on a county legislator's father was disgraceful. Apparently management at LCTV agreed, because after the fiasco aired live, it never aired again.
Lastly, I would like to know how the hell this guy can have three hours every Thursday on LCTV, in addition to the numerous reruns all week, to push HIS agenda. In case you did not know it, LCTV is funded by a portion of the cable bill of City and Town of Lockport residents. Yes, if you live in the city or the town, YOU are paying for this blatantly biased pitchman to throw out his personal agenda.
Maybe this is within the rights of LCTV to allow this, maybe it's not. Next week, I will be contacting Town of Lockport Supervisor Marc Smith and Lockport Mayor Michael Tucker to get a copy of their agreement with LCTV. We are going to find out exactly how that portion of my cable bill that funds LCTV is supposed to be allocated.
For the record, LCTV as a whole is a phenomenal organization. They offer an amazingly diverse slate of programming, 95% of which is beneficial to the community. But giving one person three hours a week to pitch his personal agenda crosses the line of serving the community, and it needs to be addressed.