Has the NJ Herald become part of the story?

The New Jersey Herald has become a very dodgy newspaper.  It suppresses stories as a favor to major advertisers, as in the case of the Sussex Community College, and directly steps into campaigns to rearrange the "balance" or place a "thumb on the scale." 

The Herald doesn't follow a story, it sets a narrative and then writes the story to fit -- even if it's like putting a square peg into a round hole.  To ensure that its reporters stick to the narrative, it plays them off against each other for plum assignments.  The goal is to please the boss and you do that by screwing whoever he happens to have a hard on for.  And you can always tell who the boss has a hard on for. 

Lately, the man the Herald dreams about screwing is Senator Steve Oroho.  And not just because he's the only legislator in Sussex County who doesn't have a business that advertises with the Herald.  The Herald wants to be a political party boss, wants to pick winners and losers in politics, wants its butt kissed by candidates and office holders.

The Herald likes drama -- and when there is no drama they assign a reporter to manufacture it.  And that means stepping directly into campaigns and taking part, favoring one side over another. 

Here are a few instances when a Herald reporter has directly got involved in a political campaign, looking to destroy one side in favor of another.  It is a simple story -- one that can be told in just three text messages:

(1) Hey guys, I'm writing such slanted shit on behalf of your campaign, that if I keep it up, somebody is going to notice.

------ SMS ------

From: XXXXXXXXXX

Received: Apr 14, 2015 4:21 PM

I need to talk to you about XXXXXXXXXXXX. Simply put, there's no way I can retain my credibility as a journalist if I don't, in some way, address XXXXXX's reasons for voting to do the original solar project in 2011 without seeking voter approval then. If I don't, people will come to see me as a shill for the XXXXXXXXX campaign, and I can't have that happen.

(2) Hey guys, the candidates' debate is coming up.  How about it if the Herald lets your campaign choose which questions we ask your opponents?

------ SMS ------

From: XXXXXXXXXX

Received: May 18, 2015 4:11 PM

BTW, we're still trying to come up with a specific question for XXXXXXXX and XXXXXXXX. The list if questions is being finalized tonight. If you have any suggestions, I'm all ears.

(3) Hey guys, I know the primary is over, but shouldn't we totally destroy your opponent so that he can't try a comeback in 2016?

------ SMS ------

From: XXXXXXXXXX

Received: Aug 1, 2015 1:21 PM

Do you know anything about a sexual harassment lawsuit or some such thing being filed against XXXXXXXXXX several years ago back when he was XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX?...XXXXX had mentioned something about it to me a while back, said she believes it was settled. I'd sure love to get my hands on it, though.

This is not journalism.  It is waging a political campaign.

Leaked Emails: Politico’s Ken Vogel Filed Story with DNC Before His Own Editors.  Like Hillary and the DNC, Sussex County has its own media corruption problem.