Media Talking Points

The Alliance has been getting its message out recently. And the two major news outlets on the Cape have been reading their talking points.

On Monday it was WXTK. Today it was The Cape Cod Times. It sounds like a coordinated effort. The Alliance has been good lately at getting its message out with its friends. Last week the talking point was the Birds, again. This week it’s the view, again. Want to bet what it is next week?

Earlier this week, Ed Lambert, host of the morning talk show on WXTK took up the charge with, "I don’t want to look at these damn things, and I don’t even live on the water" They’re ugly. They don’t belong on Nantucket Sound. Is that view we want the visitors to see when they come to the Cape?"

That last part got me.

Ever look to the north as you’re crossing the Sagamore bridge. Ever gaze out to the west when you’re at Sandy Neck.  Even going up Route 6 in some spots you can see the smokestack of the Mirant plant.

I guess that’s what we really want the visitors to see as they come to the Cape. And if the tower of the Canal plant isn’t pretty enough, sometimes you get to see the pollution (read poison) coming out of it to remind us that we're asking the visitors to breath in the worse air quality in Massachusetts while on Cape Cod.  (The rest of us choose to breath it in, I guess.)

Today The Cape Cod Times published a fairly amateurish editorial on small clusters of land-based wind turbines. They support them, where "inobtrusive". But who gets to decide where inobtrusive is? Their favorite sacred cow; the Cape Cod Commission. What a surprise.

The Times has gotten good at not mentioning the Alliance in their editorials. They even sneaked in a plug for "No Wind Farm in Nantucket Sound", not quite N-I-M-B-Y, but close enough.

But this piece was a little timid, like it lacked the courage of conviction.  Makes you long for the days of  "one in a series of occassional …" vitriol from the former Editor. Cliff if you’re reading this, we miss you. We really do.   SM

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