July 29, 2004 – Attorney General Iver Stridiron had a sharp warning for the territory on Wednesday, and it didn't have to do with homeland security or the current crime rate.
"One of the greatest threats to the Virgin Islands," he told the Senate Finance Committee, "is talk radio."
He made the comment during the Justice Department's fiscal year 2005 budget hearing in defense of his own participation on talk-radio shows and in response to an issue raised by Sen. Ronald Russell.
"It is a perception in the community that you are doing public relations for the governor that you spend too much time with issues not under your purview," Russell told Stridiron.
"I don't think so," the attorney general responded. "That is completely false." He added that other talk-show callers "lie, they are malicious and they can say anything without fear of repercussions. It's viciousness." If he lets such callers' remarks go unchallenged, he said, "then I am buying into that culture."
He added: "Occasionally, very occasionally, I'll correct a lie or a misconception."
As far as he is concerned, Stridiron added, "We should have more comments from commissioners or senators. People express the big lie." For officials to expose misinformation, he said, "it's not public relations; it's looking out for the people of this territory for those of us who love this community."
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