From: Dwight Taylor, Community Activist, Gary, Indiana
To: Lisa Shidler, Staff Writer, The Post Tribune Newspaper
Lisa, for you to attend Friday's picket against NIPSCO with Collen Rielly who is the Director of Communications and Public Affiairs for Nisource, the parent company of NIPSCO, and an armed Nisource security officer reveals your loyalty to Nisource. Your so called writing even stipulates that. It also reveals a deficiency of respect you had for the NIPSCO demonstrators.
Once I do what needs to be done to expose you to the people of Northwest Indiana for perpetrating a journalist, your true colors will be revealed. You may have succeeded in writing what you want and how you want to write it in the past, but that is exactly what it is, the past.
There are two local newspapers in Gary, and several more in surrounding communities I will use for a massive distribution of information concerning you, Rich James and the entire Post-Tribune Newspaper.
If you think you are untouchable because you reach a large portion of people, you will see how sadly mistaken you are. I'm certain you are aware I can reach the world with the internet.
This is one battle you will not win. For you to think you can write what you want, and how you want to write it epitomizes your conceited attitude and lack of journalistic skills.
Once I initiate my campaign of exposure, the people will see for themselves simply by making a comparison of the Hammond Times article on the picket and your discussing article.
Your friend Collen was upset with the few phone conversations we had concerning a planned picket against NIPSCO. So what does she do, she calls her friend Lisa and complains. I emailed my press release to you and within four minutes, you called me. No doubt, you was expecting it.
Folks, don't take my word for it. Read Saturday's, January 14, 2006 edition of the Post Tribune Newspaper: "PROTESTERS DENOUNCE RISING HEATING COSTS." www.post-trib.com
Because Collen Reilly wasn't successful in talking me out of conducting the picket, Lisa figured she will assist her friend by not interviewing me at the picket. I guess she really wanted to impress her friend. she didn't even mention my name.
Mr. Dave Menzer of the Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana from Indianapolis was invited by me to attend the picket. Lisa quoted him in three paragraphs. So was every other dignitary in attendance, and several demonstrators.
Now compare that paper with the Saturday January 14, Hammond Times Edition: "FEELING THE HEAT" Mr. Bullock (contact person) and myself (organizer) are quoted in several paragraphs. www.nwitimes.com
I was the lone organizer, with the exception of the distribution of fliers, and Lisa knew it, but she states in her article that "a group local residents spearheaded the protest Friday."
Organizer of the January 13, 2006 Informational Picket against NIPSCO