A group of approximately 50 demonstrators congregated in front of The Great Neck Record’s offices on Cutter Mill Road in Great Neck on Sunday morning, April 28, to protest what they claimed was the paper’s decades of slanted coverage and dissemination of left wing propaganda. The Record is a weekly that allegedly covers all events in Great Neck. Its competitor, the Great Neck News, offers a much more balanced approach.
The catalyst for the rally was what organizer Jeffrey Wiesenfeld, a Great Neck resident and Manhattan business executive, as well as the president of the Israel Independence Fund, called “the disgraceful false reporting” of the Anton Newspaper chain’s GN Record, and its editor, Wendy Kreitzman, of anti-jihad activist Pamela Geller’s appearance at the Great Neck Chabad on April 14.
Wiesenfeld spearheaded the protest with Dr. Paul Brody for two reasons: “It is one thing for a newspaper to have an editorial point of view that I find abhorrent—bad enough, but perfectly American. It is not permissible to ignore reality and publish a false accounting of a widely attended event the way the GN Record did—while photos in other publications prove the exact opposite of your statements…speaking of ‘sparse attendance’ and the like. This is the role of a newspaper in some totalitarian society, not America. In that regard, Wendy Kreitzman must be replaced because she has proven herself unfit as a legitimate, unbiased, ‘fair and balanced’ journalist. There is no longer anything published under her imprimatur that is credible.”
Ronnie Gavarian, a North Hempstead resident, read a letter she wrote to Angela Anton, publisher of the GN Record, decrying the lack of balance in Kreitzman’s coverage of Geller’s appearance at the GN Chabad.
Robert Germino, a former U.S. Marine Captain and former candidate from Glen Cove for both NY State Assembly as well as for the Nassau County Legislature, read a statement attesting to the shabby coverage he received as a candidate, calling it the “blatant media bias by Ms. Anton’s newspapers,” which he compared to Pravda (a former USSR newspaper). He said he would “stand with our friends in Great Neck by not buying [Anton’s] papers…or an ad in any of them.”
Joe D’Uva of Islip said he was there “to support freedom of speech, Pamela Geller, and the U.S. Constitution.” v