This is not our standard, and I can't talk about what happened in great detail because it's a personnel matter and I'm sure you appreciate that. I can tell you this. The person is no longer working with the newspaper. (Audience Applauses)This is a personnel matter and Ryerson has no business appearing at a staged political rally discussing it in any way, shape or form. He did his job. He issued a public apology to Star readers within 24 hours of learning of Biddle's controversial post. He removed the offensive blog posting from the Star's website. And he fired Biddle. He had no business airing the matter at this political rally to score points with certain black leaders. He totally crossed the boundaries separating journalism from politics. By showing up at today's staged event, Ryerson was doing nothing more than lending a hand to the Democrats' efforts to polarize and anger black voters in hopes of increasing their voter turnout next week for Peterson and the Democratic ticket. Ryerson's tenure at the Star has been a complete joke with one personnel problem after another. The newspaper has lost its best journalists over the past several years. Those within the organization who are good are just waiting for a better opportunity to come along.
Take a look in the video at who was there in addition to Peterson and Crawford. There was County Auditor Billie Breaux (D), CCC President Monroe Gray (D) (not at work again), Councilor Joanne Sanders (D), Councilor Paul Bateman (D), Councilor Bill Oliver (D), Councilor Vernon Brown (D), County Treasurer Mike Rodman (D), County Coroner Kenneth Ackles (D), Sen. Glenn Howard (D) and a collection of black ministers and purported community leaders. It sure looked like businessman Bill Mays on the front row as well. Some may recall Biddle earned his enmity after he attacked Mays and other African-American leaders for pursuing the 300 East bar in the Julia Carson Government Center. The irony is that none of these people complained when the Democratic council's legal counsel, Aaron Haith, called Abdul Hakim-Shabazz the grandson of Willie Lynch just weeks ago. Last time I checked, the Democrats still employed Haith. That should tell you something about these people's motivations.
Now think about it, Mr. Ryerson. What the hell were you thinking by showing up at this event? You are an embarrassment to the Gannett newspaper empire. Would someone please show him the door?