A Skaneateles resident has created a documentary film that criticizes the Syracuse Post-Standard. The film, titled “The Post Standard and the Reader,” will be shown at Skaneateles High School on Saturday, April 27, at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Joe Vecchio, a self-employed auto mechanic and volunteer fire fighter at the Borodino Fire Department, said the film – his third – is in response to public criticism of the former daily newspaper, which eliminated home delivery of four daily editions earlier this year.
“I don’t criticize any of their reporters,” he said. “I go after the boss.”
The movie, which Vecchio described as “C-SPAN meets Spinal Tap,” targets Steven Rogers, the publisher of the Post-Standard, and Mike Connor, the vice president of content for Syracuse Media Group.
Connor will resign from his position on May 24 after 37 years in the news business, the Post-Standard reported on March 27.
Vecchio uses each of the 20 chapters in the movie to prove a point he wants to make about the newspaper.
“Many of my chapters in this film question the policy efficiency of the management at the Post-Standard when it comes to energy, environment and things like that,” he said. Vecchio said many of the newspaper’s articles fail to present the whole story, especially those that report on energy.
Vecchio’s goal, and motivation for creating the film, is “to improve the quality and efficiency of news,” and “help the publisher of the Post-Standard do a more efficient job.”
“Automobiles could be more efficient, Exxon could be more efficient, the liberal media could be more efficient,” he said.
Vecchio said anyone who cares about his or her carbon dioxide footprint, or who cares about making his or her children more intelligent, should see the film. He also suggested in an email to the Skaneateles Press that anyone who works for the Post-Standard bring a First Amendment lawyer.
“I hope they sue me,” Vecchio said, “because they won’t win.”
Cheryl Seligman is an editorial intern at Eagle Newspapers. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.