The Bucks County Courier-Times has sunken so low that they are trolling the Twitter feeds of the children of Congressmen whose politics they disagree with to fill the front page of their “newspaper.”
In a story that TMZ.com would likely have rejected as irrelevant and unnecessary, Courier-Times columnist Kate Fratti picked through 19-year old Maggie Fitzpatrick’s Twitter feed for trash to splash across the “newspaper’s” front page. $1.75 will not only get you yesterday’s news that you already read on the Internet, but also a vicious smear surrounding the private life of a college student.
Mission accomplished, Fratti. Maggie Fitzpatrick was so cowed and embarrassed that she deleted her Twitter feed. Three cheers for freedom of expression! Fratti used hers to intimidate Fitzpatrick away from being able to use hers.
That’ll teach you to have a pro-life dad, Maggie.
If Malia and Sasha Obama were the target of bitter Fratti’s vicious smear, she wouldn’t have a job this morning, and neither would far left Courier-Times editor Pat Walker. But the Courier-Times “only” attacked the daughter of a Republican congressman, so it’s totally OK. Or something.
Better get to typing, Fratti. Fitzpatrick’s got 5 more kids to intimidate into submission. Maybe you’ll attack Fitzpatrick’s kids so much that he’ll decide public service isn’t worth it and leave Congress. I suppose that’s ultimately the point.
Comments on the online version of the article, a good number of which have since been deleted by the Courier-Times, show that readers from all over the political spectrum are outraged at the invasion of this teenaged girl’s private life.
Fratti offers a razor thin excuse for why it was OK for her to run a front page print article smearing a teenaged girl, citing a piece on a self-described DC gossip blog as her justification.
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