The past month has seen the curtain slowly lifting on a shadowy group of political operatives; for years they worked to advance Beth Mason's political career and destroy Dawn Zimmer's allies or anyone deemed a "threat." Their tactics were ruthless.
The first step was identifying "threats." If you used a screen name on Hoboken411; your private registration info (name, IP, email address) was shared. Then the opposition research began.
Our property tax records, political contributions, financial disclosure forms, property records, bankruptcies, foreclosures, legal filings were dug up. Some of us were photographed and/or filmed. Vicious smear articles would sprout like stink-weed on the pages of Hoboken411. Once laundered there, the smears were peddled to The Hoboken Reporter and other Mason-friendly press.
For years, this shadowy group effectively controlled political messaging in Hoboken. Until Hoboken Journal, MSV and GA happened. It is my opinion and belief that losing control of online political discourse and messaging has (literally) driven them bonkers. That is the only rational explanation for the SLAPP. It was a First Amendment throw-down.
Free internet speech in Hoboken has won.
Emails in the public domain, detail years of efforts to control speech in Hoboken: targeting "threats", opposition research followed by punishing, public evisceration on Hoboken411.
Well, the curtain lifting is Iron. The days of Pravda411 are over.
Not surprising that Beth Mason is doing all she can to bring them back. Get this: the Councilwoman is censoring her Facebook page.
GA was sent screenshots of a Hoboken resident's attempt to contact Mason via Facebook, to query her on matters of public interest and public concern. The conversation started 11 days ago.