Anne Mooney is confused. The usage of “transparent” relevant to Winter Park Voice is:
a transparent process, activity, or organization does not try to keep anything secret
Anne claims in a recent funding solicitation that “WPV is the only transparent news source covering Winter Park issues from City Hall in real time.” She later notes proudly in bold text that “WPV was set up as a for-profit corporation specifically to ensure the confidentiality of all contributors, and is therefore not a tax-deductible entity.”
Please understand. Winter Park Voice is Anne Mooney’s perspective under cloak of volunteer civic journalism. It is not “news” and it is not transparent. If she truly wished to be “transparent” in her “service” to Winter Park she would require full donor disclosure as well as verify and publish the identity of commentators.
As it is, Anne Mooney engages in abject hypocrisy, claiming to provide a volunteer journalistic service to the people of Winter Park while advocating for policies and causes Anne Mooney and her friends and contributors wish to draw attention to.
Those wishing to support a political voice pretending to provide a public service are welcome to do so. But, understand that Anne’s policy preferences and causes, what she chooses to write and how she presents what she writes about, is sourced in her own views and in part influenced by donors and therefore political interests. Anne declines to disclose donors to the detriment of the transparency she falsely claims to uphold.
All citizens interested in Winter Park issues should first read the City Commission Agenda Packets, staff reports, and other information on the city web site to become informed. Our taxes pay for professional staff to analyze and document relevant facts, and to make recommendations our elected commission members rely upon to make important judgments.
The city web site is a robust and deep source of information relevant to the issues we face and city staff is in my experience always ready to answer your questions. This is where you can become informed. You paid for it already and you know the information is sourced and compiled by people with a duty of integrity and objectivity in support of your elected city commission. Anne Mooney? Not so much.
Regards, Pete Weldon