I love the first line of this piece in yesterday's Buffalo News: USA Niagara, a development corporation dedicated to growth and renewal of the tourism industry in Niagara Falls, authorized two major funding agreements Tuesday to stimulate economic development here.
And so the death of good journalism continues. I mean, seriously, "a development corporation dedicated to growth and renewal of the tourism industry in Niagara Falls"? Says who, the press person for USA Niagara? It certainly wasn't written by anyone who's had any knowledge, experience or understanding of the role of USA Niagara in this community.
In fact, the only thing USA Niagara has been "dedicated" to is making godawful numbers of empty promises to develop property and ultimately failing miserably.
And Niagara USA Chairman and Chief Propaganda Minister Dennis Mullen has the audacity to stroll into town, offer up $55k, and proclaim Niagara Falls a "worldwide stage". No shit, genius - have you just come to the reality that the city draws 11 million visitors every year? Do us all a favor: save your rhetoric for someone who gives a shit or come to Niagara Falls with something substantive to help the city's economic development efforts.
As for Richard Baldwin, the writer of this puff piece straight out of USA Niagara's press office, try asking some hard questions of USA Niagara's Mullen next time he comes into town. Otherwise, don't waste our time.