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Posted on August 6, 2017
Local public relations expert, Tallahassee Democrat columnist, TV host, former Leon County Commissioner and political consultant, Gary Yordon, took to Facebook to defend his recent Democrat column entitled “We’re meeting our challenges with community pride.”
In the article, Yordon describes an enchanted evening in Cascades Park and writes, “I thought to myself, if I was visiting another city and happened upon this scene, I would think it would be great if we had this in Tallahassee. And then the music played. I’m not sure when we went from a town to a city. But I know it happened. There’s energy in our city now that wasn’t there before.”
Yordon went on to discuss his view of our community’s successes and offered confidence in local leadership to address what challenges remain by writing, “We’ve always met our challenges with a community pride. No reason to think we won’t now.”
Yordon’s view elicited a number of critical comments on Facebook:
Jack Mccarthy: While the swells were sipping their wine and painting idyllic pictures in their heads about Tallahassee becoming all grown up, three more murders took place this weekend alone. You might call it a tale of two Tallahassees. The city is in danger of being Chicago jr. Young people have easy access to guns. This kind of gushing about what a great city this is and the usual pabllum about” our great schools” (and to slober over the Edison of all places) reflects someone who doesn t watch the news and read the paper.
Bryan Cronin: Did you see the FBI?
Lance Harrison: Too bad you didn’t coordinator your article with the police chief who is asking everybody to remain calm after the shootings the last few days.
Jeff Bolling: I truly hope people don’t actually believe this crap. The corruption and crime in this city is beyond belief.
Lance Harrison: I hope people don’t drink this Kool-Aid
However, the comment that caused Mr. Yordon to respond was by former Tallahassee Democrat reporter Chris Timmons who shared the article on Facebook and wrote, “This reads like the establishment defense of itself. It strains credulity.”
“What I wrote isn’t an establishment defense. I don’t now, nor have I ever felt the need to defend whatever it is you define as the establishment. What I wrote is how I feel about where I live. It’s just that simple. Trying to find some deeper or darker meaning for it is a waste of your time. It doesn’t exist.”
The article was featured on the front page of the opinion section of the Sunday’s Tallahassee Democrat print edition. While it is clearly labeled as Yordon’s opinion, the placement enhances the credibility of the article.
In addition, there is no disclosure on the article informing readers that Yordon is currently a vendor for the City of Tallahassee and that he has worked on the political campaigns of current city and county commissioners.