|Hallandale Beach - City officials spent tax funds last month for a mailing urging merchants to advertise in the South Florida Sun-Times, a privately owned weekly newspaper.|
The mass mailing was part of an ongoing effort to help the paper survive the recession, in exchange for stories that "promote the city," Mayor Joy Cooper said.
"If they go out of business, we would have to run our own paper," said Cooper, who has a weekly column in the paper that covers Hallandale Beach and Hollywood.
But one commissioner said that government should not be in the business of bailing out a private newspaper, and that the Sun-Times has become a city propaganda tool and mayoral bully pulpit.
"There is no opportunity for anyone in the public to ask questions or challenge what the city purports as facts," Commissioner Keith London said.
Being this is South Florida, take stock in who knows who in both offices and you will find friends helping each other out..