Lake Shore Hosp Authority's Berry Attacks 1st Amendment & Observer. FL Southern Christian Leadership Conference: "We will stand by you."
Posted September 10, 2012 06:45 am | (3 comments)
COLUMBIA COUNTY, FL – Recently, the Columbia County Observer, the online news source of Columbia County, North Central Florida and Florida news, came under attack by the Lake Shore Hospital Authority's General Manager, Jackson P. Berry, a quintessential public figure, former head of the republican party, Jeb Bush appointee to the Lake Shore Hosp Auth Board and its past chairman, and present LSHA General Manager. Zurich Insurance, the global insurance carrier, denied Mr. Berry liability insurance and Mr. Berry is threatening a defamation law suit, blaming the Columbia County Observer for his woes. The FL Southern Christian Leadership Conference told the Observer: "We will stand by you."
Where it began
If you care about decency, you should begin reading where the coverage of Jackson P. Berry, the LSHA and Columbia County's good ole boys began; when Jack Berry's racist remarks disgraced all Americans.
If you are contemplating the real reason that Mr. Berry is threatening to sue and at the same time working to have the Columbia County Observer removed from the Internet, this is where it began: Racist Remark Proves Chairman Jack Berry Unfit For Public Office. Then ask yourself this question: Would you insure this public official?
How much does this tell you about Columbia County, Florida, and the governor appointed board that allows Mr. Berry to represent them while he is uninsurable?
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference: "We will stand by you."
On Friday evening, the President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of the state of Florida, Pastor R.L. Gundy told the Observer.
"You are authorized to release a press release from the SCLC state of Florida that states we will not allow any political entity to interfere with the Columbia County Observer releasing information that is the truth about anybody. That violates the first amendment of the Constitution of the United States."
"We will stand by you. We will stand by your report. We will stand by and support you legally and in any way we can."