Free Speech, part deux
In reply to the Friday editorial, Horse Sense: “Lane Bajardi – You’re a sham,” we posed a query to the Mason Campaign on the use of the Councilwoman’s camera in the City Council Chamber. Thom Ammirato, Communications Consultant in a statement indicated, “Sometimes the First Amendment has to supersede people’s comfort. I am sure as long as the cameras were not an intrusion — no one would have a problem.”
We contacted the Zimmer Campaign as the Acting Mayor was the recipient of the commercial camerawork and invited comment and they declined. No other campaign was queried but if they offer a statement, we’ll update.
Talking Ed Note: We remain steadfast in our stated concern on the public interest with filming in City Council chambers for strictly commercial purposes in a political campaign. If the feed provided by the City of Hoboken was used, it would be no issue, as every person and/or campaign has equal access.
We thank the Beth Mason campaign for offering its perspective in the exchange.