Apparently Tom Leighton is upset that "Wilkes-Barre" was portrayed as a town with a struggling economy. Um, wait? Am I missing something here? WILKES-BARRE DOES HAVE A STRUGGLING ECONOMY. The jobs market in this area sucks, the pay is way below the national average. Wally world and other national chains are pushing the Mom and Pops stores out of business. People are living way beyond their means in our area. Do I really need to list more examples? Downtown Wilkes-Barre is starting to come back to life, don’t get me wrong, but that does not exactly equal economic stability.
Irony. We has it.
I’m curious now, what did GMA say about Wilkes-Barre? If someone has a link to this article or a video please send it to me. Not like I’ll be able to watch it without it rebuffering 85 thousand times. Yes kiddies; In addition to a struggling economy, we also have shitty internet connections here in Wilkes-Barre too.
Wilkes-Barre Takes Issue with Network News Portrayal
April 2, 2008 04:55 PM
April 2, 2008 05:05 PM
By Sarah Buynovsky
Wilkes-Barre took center stage Tuesday as it played host to two presidential candidates but the 15 minutes of fame may have cast an unflattering light on the Diamond City.
People in Wilkes-Barre said they are upset with one network news story that made the city look bad. Now they want to set the facts straight.
Reporter David Wright of ABC News was following Senators Clinton and Obama as they campaigned in Wilkes-Barre.
City officials said Wright was all wrong about the way he described the Wilkes-Barre.
"This used to be coal mining country but the mines are now shut down. The economy is a mess," Wright said in his story that ran on Good Morning American Wednesday morning.
That report has Wilkes-Barre’s mayor upset.
"You know the old coal town story, that’s the past. There’s so much good going on in the city of Wilkes-Barre and NEPA that we’re building on the economy. The economy in Wilkes-Barre is very strong," countered Mayor Tom Leighton.
The network news story showed a building which looks like it’s falling down. From the front it’s clear to see it is the Hotel Sterling in Wilkes-Barre, which city officials said is being renovated.
"That’s ultimately a $40 million project that’s located just across the street from a $25 million project on the riverfront, so obviously they did not do their homework," Leighton added.
The city’s mayor isn’t the only one upset with the story.
Many people said, yes, there are rundown areas in the city, but there’s a lot of new development, too.
"I don’t see it as being that where the economy isn’t doing so good. I see us as rebuilding around here," said Wilkes University student Danielle Hritzak.
"I don’t know if they didn’t research or if they just wanted to show it as a one-sided kind of thing. I don’t know. It’s not really fair," said Alyssa Benner of Wilkes-Barre.
A representative from ABC News said the story was based on facts from the bureau of labor statistics that show Wilkes-Barre has a higher than average unemployment rate. ABC also said the people the network crew interviewed in Wilkes-Barre agree the city is struggling.