Toronto - Mar. 17 2010 - JP Pampena, executive vice president of JP Public Relations and “Man With the Vision” mayoral candidate, accuses some of the media of being biased as demonstrated by their choosing to cover only and only certain “favourite” candidates to the exclusion of all others. According to Mr. Pampena the media continues to provide coverage only of the same old names, giving us the same old spiel and feeding us the same old crap we keep hearing over and over from scores of politicians. Mr. Pampena is calling out the media to stop their hypocrisy and discrimination and open up the floor equitably to other candidates.
These are the same media reporters who on the one hand report that Torontonians are looking for change and “new blood” to lead their city yet they continue to promote the same old boys club of politicians (albeit there is a token female in the mix) that all sound the same and will deliver the same old tired solutions to the issues facing our city.
According to many of his supporters, Mr. Pampena is the most creative and innovative of all the other candidates combined. Although blind, he is a true visionary thinker who without a doubt would be the best man for the job. In fact, according to City Hall they are more than ready for a blind mayor, so Mr. Pampena’s blindness would be no detriment to his ability to effectively run the city. As a successful business man, Mr. Pampena has a corporate “think outside the box” mind and prides himself on having more vision than most sighted people. Most importantly, Mr. Pampena has gone on the record with concrete solutions to many of the issues facing the city unlike many of the other candidates who keep dancing around the issues but yet who offer no answers for those problems despite all the coverage they keep getting.
Mr. Pampena disagrees with all the other candidates with their proposed solutions on many city issues such as bike lanes, privatization of services and management of the city’s finances. And Mr. Pampena is willing to put his solutions to the challenge with all other candidates in a head to head debate.
Mr. Pampena is a focused speaker that does not need a script and who thinks best on his feet. With his background as a PR agent, he has a creative mind, flamboyant personality complete with style and class. As commented by one local radio talk show host who better than a PR agent to best represent the city of Toronto and to bring it back to its world-class status.
But the public may never be made aware of this. Why? Because the media continues to focus on a handful of candidates like a gay ex-MPP who under his watch squandered over a billion dollars of taxpayer money, a councillor who hypocritically supports casinos while running on a crime-fighting binge in his ward, a woman candidate who seems to receive attention only because of her gender and a deputy mayor who will perpetuate the mentality of the current regime . And yet the other 20 plus candidates are totally ignored and shut out of receiving their fair share of media attention.
This is typical of the Canadian media who are a total farce and worse than the politicians they are kissing up to. Take for example one particular talk show host who on his “live drive” show would rather invite a councillor who slandered him for being a “3-time loser” than to welcome and give one of the lesser known mayoral candidates the opportunity on his show to introduce their platform to the voters.
“If the media really wants to do justice to the public and help Torontonians elect the best candidates to lead their city, then they need to step up to the plate and provide the other candidates with equal time and opportunity to express their ideas on how they would lead the city. After all, we just may have the perfect Mayor-in-waiting amongst these other candidates,” states Mr. Pampena.
So if the media doesn’t straighten out their act they may ultimately doom Torontonians to a council made up of the same old players with the same old tired ideas and worse who show total disdain for the people they are meant to serve as demonstrated recently by the likes of Councilor Paula Fletcher, a true Millerite. Therefore, we challenge the media to stop the favouritism and give all candidates equal time so the public can make a more informed choice on election day.
With the myriad of serious issues affecting the city, the last thing Toronto needs right now is the same old, same old type of leadership at the helm.