SBYNEWS Blog Attacks Ocean City

Posted on April 9, 2010

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Update 04-11-2010: In apparent response to our Friday post, JoeAlbero.com’s OC Blog has changed its name to OCMD Locals News Blog (its url remains the same), and has revised its self-description to read as follows:

HELLO AND WELCOME TO THE LOCALS NEWS BLOG FOR OCEAN CITY, MD. THIS SITE IS OPINIONATED ONLY AND DOES NOT REPRESENT THE VIEWS OF THE BLOG OR SITE OWNER. THIS SITE IS MILDLY MODERATED AND ALL IP ADDRESSES ARE LOGGED. IF YOU DO NOT LIKE THE OPINIONS EXPRESSED FEEL FREE TO LEAVE IMMEDIATELY. IF YOU CHOOSE TO STAY REALIZE THAT NOT ALL STORIES ARE VERIFIED AT FIRST BUT WE DO TRY TO POST THE TRUTH WHEN WE CAN. THIS IS A BLOG AND WE ARE NOT PROFESSIONALS.”

OCMD Locals News Blog has moderated its attitude toward the resort, and explained itself in a post on Saturday, 04-10-2010, under a title that begins: “We Love Ocean City, Maryland:  We Also Love the Truth!” I understand where they’re coming from, and I look forward to reading more of their salty brand of free speech.  — BJH

(End of  Update. Maryland On My Mind’s post of Friday, 04-09-2910, follows.)

A so-called Ocean City blog has been conducting a vicious attack on Ocean City businesses this week, posting numerous allegations and pictures regarding underage drinking, and more. The blog repeatedly ridicules Ocean City’s image as a “family resort.”

The blog in question appears to be new, with archives going back only until February. If it continues in this direction, it could be a PR nightmare for Ocean City.  I’ll investigate further.

Here’s how JoeAlbero.com’s OC Blog describes itself:

“HELLO AND WELCOME TO JOEALBERO.COM’S BLOG FOR THE LITTLE DYSFUNCTIONAL ISLAND WE CALL OCEAN CITY, MARYLAND. THIS SITE IS OPINIONATED ONLY AND DOES NOT REPRESENT THE VIEWS OF THE BLOG OR SITE OWNER. THIS SITE IS MILDLY MODERATED AND ALL IP ADDRESSES ARE LOGGED. IF YOU DO NOT LIKE THE OPINIONS EXPRESSED FEEL FREE TO LEAVE IMMEDIATELY. IF YOU CHOOSE TO STAY REALIZE THAT NOT ALL STORIES ARE VERIFIED AT FIRST BUT WE DO TRY TO POST THE TRUTH WHEN WE CAN. OC’S INSIDE POOP!”

The blog calls itself JoeAlbero.com’s OC Blog. But it’s real internet url (address) is http://sbynews-oceancity.blogspot.com. SBYNEWS is a free-wheeling but legitimate Web news site covering Salisbury news.

I will withhold judgment on JoeAlbero’s OC Blog and its allegations and photos. I don’t like its tone. It may be doing raw and amateurish investigative reporting, which might serve a purpose, or it may be nothing more than scurrilous slander.

I’ll be looking at the blog more thoroughly and giving you my opinion, and I hope that Ocean City’s two weekly newspapers will do the same.

I realize that by reporting on JoeAlbero.com’s OC Blog, I will unintentionally be giving it access to more readers. But it is always a mistake to ignore attacks of this kind.

— Bernie (John) Hayden

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