An offensive entry about President Obama’s young daughter has been removed from Bergen Record humor columnist Bill Ervolino’s blog following complaints that included a homepage editorial yesterday on CLIFFVIEW PILOT . Yet there has been no official word from management about the posting.
“Pressing question of the night: Who would you rather see nude: Barack, Michelle, Malia or Bo?” it read.
As CLIFFVIEW PILOT.COM Publisher/Editor Jerry DeMarco noted in his editorial : Law enforcement authorities in Bergen County are particularly sensitive to issues involving pedophiles — so sensitive that Prosecutor John L. Molinelli has established what is considered the model program in the state (and perhaps throughout the U.S.) in catching perverts, molesters and would-be assailants.Malia and dad
In just the past few years, Molinelli’s investigators have arrested dozens of men who came to Bergen County from all parts of this state, and others, in the hopes of having sex with a 12-year-old girl — just like Malia Obama.
One particularly disturbing piece, by former justice reporter Carolyn Salazar, showed the inner workings of the squad assigned to find and stop pedophiles. The perverted evil that these investigators deal with on a daily basis forces one of them to take a shower soon as she gets home every night.
“It sickens me, really,” Molinelli has said.
Molinelli’s investigators get warrants and seize home computers used for trafficking images of naked boys and girls. But they also pose as kids online and — following strict guidelines — see where the chat goes.
And that’s where intent exposes itself: Before long, meetings are scheduled and arrangements are made. Only it’s not a poor innocent like Malia waiting. It’s a team of detectives.
The predators invariably claim it’s a mistake — only to later join the overwhelming majority (somewhere in the neighborhood of 95 percent) of those charged who take a plea deal, reducing the amount of time they’ll have spend in prison.
And that’s not counting those who slip through the net, who get their clutches on our children and abuse them.
Ervolino pulled the offensive column amid complaints. He then wrote what apparently was to be an apology. But to some eyes, it didn’t read that way.
“Hopefully, the world is a better place now and we can all take a deep breath and move on,” Ervolino wrote in the entry, which has since been removed from his blog.
“I don’t offend you guys very often,” he wrote, “but when I do, I try to apologize. It certainly wasn’t my intent to offend or even to suggest something inappropriate. I listed the names in my question as if it were some kind of dopey personality test. (Maybe TOO dopey, in this case.)”
He then says: “I have a hard time thinking a question would put that kind of thought into anyone’s head if it wasn’t there already.”
Producing the blog has been so stressful for Bill, he revealed that he’s “been struggling with [it] recently to keep up,” especially since someone within the organization’s Digital News Team designed a sleeker, more attractive forum for him to work with.
“Unfortunately, the new format makes it difficult for me to include a lot of the photos and things I used to post: They have to be resized, etc., and it’s often too time consuming for someone who, unfortunately, needs to spend some time with his computer manual,” he wrote in the now-missing entry.
He didn’t explain why he hasn’t received specific, formal training in HTML and other aspects of content management.
But he did share the fact that his dad had been very sick and that he’d been taking AHDH meds to deal with his own physical ailment.
“It’s making me frustrated, angry and moody and I have to discuss that again with my doctor,” Ervolino wrote. “It’s made all of my writing difficult, and I’ve been having a hard time concentrating. (Even writing THIS post is taking forever.)
“Right now, I’m actually wondering if I should go back on it, to alleviate some of these weird ups and downs, but I’ve never been on medication before and I don’t really know the best course of action. As I wrote previously, I felt deeply depressed shortly after New Years when I called the doctor to find out if the Adderall could be the cause. I’m still confused about that, and I’m starting to think I feel even worse without it. This is precisely why I didn’t want to start the medication in the first place, but I read so much about it, and it seemed relatively safe.”
To this point, there’s been no official word from Editor Frank Scandale, or anyone in ownership of North Jersey Media Group.
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