Farrar stood up, but got it wrong

Matt Westerhold
Mar 23, 2010

First off, I think it's important to mention Sandusky city commissioner Julie Farrar showed courage in addressing the IMA group on Tuesday.

But ... she was so wrong on nearly every point she made.

Mrs. Farrar obviously was mis-led by the person who told her that I, and/or members of the Register staff secretly recorded a conversation with her. That would be an ethical breach for a journalist.

 

If the person who told "all of the commissioners" about a secretly recorded conversation really wanted to know if it was accurate, all that person had to do was call reporter Jennifer Grathwol. Or call city editor Cheryl Welch. Or call me.

Or call police Chief Kim Nuesse, for that matter. There was no need to hire a Lakewood law firm to answer that question.

But the person who told her the conversation had been secretly recorded obviously was seeking support for a "witch hunt." The Nuesse integrity probe launched by city manager Matt Kline has nothing to do with seeking truth and everything to do with a self-serving agenda.

The Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance did a huge public service to the community by hosting Tuesday's press conference. The IMA offered a great lesson to everyone about what it means to be civically responsible.

And one more thing: City commissioner Dan Kaman showed courage several weeks ago when he called for Nuesse to be returned to her job.

Comments

Anonymous

Julie is a good puppet. She says what she is told, belieives it to be true and follows directions well. Only problem is, the puppeteers threw Kline to the wolves but never told "I SUPPORT MATT KLINE 100%" Farrar

Anonymous

Matt there you go again, saying the investigation was unjust. Prove it!!! You cannot criticize and expect to be supported without proof!! Matt Kline is proof of that, he has not given evidence of an investigation being necessary yet you Westerhold haven't given evidence of it not being necessary. Once again, I want proof from either/both sides to support the babbling.

Anonymous

Westerhold, you are truly annoying with all your crap! So sad that you think you know it all just by what Nuesse has told you. H-E-L-L-O - is anybody home?

Anonymous

I hope matt is fired because he knows that he recorded those conversations, its impoosible to prove but he knows it

Anonymous

A snake, truly a snake.

Anonymous

After reading this editorial I had to really laugh at all the denials. Of course I believe what Ms. Farrar said at the meeting. Mr. Westerhold, you have proved over and over your lack of respect for the city commissioners and you have shown your almost obsessive support for Chief Nuesse. It is blatant that you will go to whatever extremes necessary to lead register readers to believe what you want. You know the old saying Mr. Westerhold, "You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time." Consider me one less fool...

Anonymous

Sandusky, we have newspaper staff that is interested in free speech. So what if Matt is wrong or right..he has the right to say it. And, so do we because, what really matters is we (citizens) finally have a forum. For many years area citizens had no forum to be heard. Thank you SR for this forum!

Anonymous

Yes you Matt, who spelled "ethics" for you, you have never written an article yet based on anything ethical. You spew venom. Were you sexually abused as a child? Where does your anger come from? Are you mad at everyone who does not wink at you, smile and act like they have the hots for you? Maybe you should go to see a psychiatrist for your deep rooted problems. How many words can you type per minute one handed Matt? Afterall, you are just a Weinerholder, right? You sounded like a Loud Mouth Dork on the Viedo.

Anonymous

I would say it is time again to cancel a subscription to the Sandusky Register. I for one have had enough of Westerhold and his bull. He is so sickening to read that I can not give another cent to what used to be a half way decent paper until the put him on staff. Maybe if enough people will follow my lead, we can get a real editor and a new story occasionally so that we don't have to read about the POOR KIM NUESSE SHOW everyday. The sooner we see headlines "EX-CHIEF NUESSE FIRED" the better. Sandusky can then get back together and move on without her aggravation.

Anonymous

Oh Matt, I was thinking about leaving you alone, but then I read your latest "Blog" and I am starting to think that you actually believe the things you write. Matt Kline had a complaint from the department as a whole, whether written or not, IT WAS A COMPLAINT. Answer Julie's question Matt, what would have happened had Mr. Kline not taken this complaint serously, the way your buddy Kimmie has taken EVERY complaint against officers too seriously? Why is it that she is the ONLY one who can do such a thing and it all be ok? So you say that Mr. Kline is a "Bad Man" because he is doing his job? How can you say that??? I have no doubt that you recorded the commissioners, it is the ONLY way that you would have gotten any of the information before anyone else did. Just admit it Matt, you saw a "Damsel in Distress" and thought you could further your career by bashing the City Governement and the Officers. Everyone knows it, yet you try and continue to convince us otherwise.....you have hitched your wagon to the wrong person and when this all comes out and it is found that you have no morals, I hope and pray you are released. In fact maybe I'll get a group of local ministers together and call for YOUR job.....

Anonymous

Also, you did get SPANKED by Julie Farrar!! I LOVED the tone of your voice when you cried about false information........if nothing else Matt, you are entertaining....

Anonymous

Kaman got nothing right. He just sat there pouting. He's knows that he has to one day step up and say "I made a mistake". I trusted that darn Mike Will and he buried one in me when he went against me and picked Nuesse. She actually thought she got the job because someone wanted her. Kaman was too embarassed to tell anyone. Go on Dan tell everyone how Mike got you-OUCH!!

Anonymous

For all of you nay-sayers regarding the Register and their choice for editor, stop complaining and put it in writing to the owners/publishers and bring about a change. If there are really that many unhappy subscribers, show it by your cancellations or give this hatefulness a rest.

Most of you just want to vent and you have to have a target or you're not going to be able to sleep at night.

Whether any of you posters want to admit it or not, you are addicted to the power and sense of entitlement you get when you are bashing someone else.

Form a committee and make some changes or put your name on your complaints and do something positive for your city.

I am, yours truly, shurly write.

Anonymous

To Mark "The Nerd on Third" - I know you read all these posts about your little "I could not possibly be wrong blond/fake/religious/" pal. YOU ARE A NOBODY, THAT IS WHY NO ONE INCLUDING THE COMMISSIONERS GIVES A RODENTS BEHIND ABOUT YOU OR YOUR PATHETIC OPINION. You do not know Nuesse, have not worked with her or for her, and are absolutely clueless about what she is really like outside of her little smiles to you and Sue. You and Sue both appear to be educated, but you have been duped, suckered, snookered, and I am sure laughed at by Nuesse.

Anonymous

Good to bed dufus, it has been put in writing on these blogs. If the editors can't figure out what Westerhold is doing to their paper, I hope they go broke. He is obsessed with her, it is very obvious. If he has a wife, she should be concerned too.

Anonymous

Julie, Don't let the Register Video get you down. The Sail Inn Gang!

Anonymous

Shooting from the hip is not a good idea when the city commission is on the ropes....this ain't no school bored meeting where the public must place a request in writing a week in advance before being allowed to speak in public! Julie is out of her league on the city commission.

Anonymous

I'd like to know why D.Icsman was not there for the meet and greet.Where is the video of the law director?

Anonymous

Mr. Westerhold,

Whatever happened to journalists not being a part of the story?

I guess that wasn't in any of the classes for your online degree. You are supposed to be managing the newsroom? You can't even keep your composure in a public meeting being recorded by your own staff. The fact you put it online for people to see only shows your arrogance is only outweighed by your ignorance.

You want to answer questions, Mr. Westerhold?

How about telling readers about alerting McClung before your reporters talk to him for a story? Brandi Barhite can confirm this. Give her a call. How about changing reporter's stories after consulting McClung and/or Matthews? Jacob Lammers can confirm this. Give him a call. Someone even accused you of accepting tickets to an Indians playoff game (tickets selling for 100s, if not 1,000s of dollars) from Davis-Besse. Copy Desk Chief Mike Schaeffer can confirm this. Again, give him a call.

Can we please have a blog concerning these accusations? Of course not, too many people on staff know all this is true.

Until you can do your own job with even an ounce of integrity or, gasp, ethics, you have no room criticize others on how they do theirs. You will continue to do it, but nobody will believe you because you have become Elsematt.

You, sir, are a joke! Please, keep proving it to everyone. Eventually, the owners of that paper will see it; can’t hide stupidity under the cloak of your rhetoric forever.

Anonymous

Julie should not have said anything as she wasn't the one being recalled. She should have just sit there and observed because she only made matters worse. Murray and Stahl were being recalled and that is why they showed up. There are always two sides of the story but I felt there were a lot of contradictions to the stories. All the question and answer people should have been hooked up to a lie detector machine. It was a you said, I said.

awesome

I deficate in my pants every time i read one of your blogs! i enjoy them that much! please keep posting

Anonymous

I agree, it is time to cancel the register. Matt, you have no ethics or integrity.

Anonymous

ELSEMATT.....I LOVE IT!!!!

Anonymous

I can't understand why the Sandusky Register would keep him after being so biased (perhaps "puppy love"?) and stirring up sooooo much trouble when he REALLY does not know what is REALLY going on in the Nuesse case.

Anonymous

Let's start a pro Westerhold petition!

Anonymous

The SR keeps Matt because he is good at what he does! He explores controversy and keeps the public dialog running at full steam. I would like to know how many of the "Matt Haters" have degrees in Journalism? If this city could get its act together maybe Matt wouldn't have so much food for fodder.

Matt there are plenty of us that think you are doing a great job!! Keep it up!

Anonymous

Thanks Mom. I love you too.

Anonymous

You are just another one who is going to have egg on their face with Matt in the end. =) I am not so sure about the word "plenty" that thinks he is great. =) Night, Night.

Anonymous

That is toooo funny! Thanx for the laugh ;) You probably hit the nail right on the head, or pretty darn close!

Anonymous

Say goodnight, mommy Westerhold

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