The Rye Record's GOP Ties Concern Dem Leaders

The Rye Sound Shore Review covers democratic concerns that The Rye Record is slanted in favor the local Republican party.

Heading into what Rye Democrats consider a pivotal election in 2013, in which the mayoral and three council terms will be up, Dem party leaders are claiming The Rye Record’s ties to the Republican party are affecting the political climate, according to The Sound Shore Review's Christian Falcone.

The Rye Record is owned and published by Robin Jovanovich, who is married to Rye City councilman Peter Jovanovich. Mrs. Jovanovich also often serves as a reporter and editor.

Mr. Jovanovich, a Republican, ran for City Council in 2005 and again in 2009, successful in the latter election. He is up for reelection in 2013.

Falcone's article quotes a former democratic Rye City Councilwoman and former Record employee Paula Gamache and democratic leaders giving examples where The Record omitted stories on issues where GOP leadership could be questioned, where the Jovanovich family held a fundraiser at their home that was then reported on in the paper; where GOP candidates used The Rye Record’s office to make campaign calls; and instances where Mrs. Jovanovich refused to abstain from conducting interviews with candidates running against her husband when requested to do so by democratic leaders.

Falcone reports that Dem leaders are calling for The Rye Record to clearly define its role in politics and government. Democratic Party Chair Rod Brown also said he wants Mrs. Jovanovich to either decide not to favor Republicans or stay out of editorial positions during elections and city affair coverage. 

Read Falcone's full story here

Do you think The Rye Record is slanted in favor of the local Republican party? If so, does this concern you? 

Paul Tillotson September 28, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Media ownership has always carried political advantage - one of the characteristics of the capitalist economy. This is not a matter for concern if transparent. Also, given the current performance of the Republican Party on the national stage with such a stellar cast containing Romney, Akin & Gingrich, it would seem that it needs all the help (however small) it can get !
RyeDad February 23, 2013 at 05:31 PM
Bob Zahm September 25, 2013 at 09:27 AM
Nice to see that the rival local paper is reporting on concerns. Guess you do that when you have to fill a print edition each week. Also, gives the Rye Soundshore (or whatever there name is this week) a chance to shoot at a rival. Too bad there's no real issue here. But there does seem to be more than a bit of jealousy. Of course, if someone felt really strongly about the coverage or the issue, they might try submitting a well written Opinion Piece to The Record. Bet they'd run it.


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