Winston Churchill once said, “A lie can travel halfway around the world before the truth has time to put its pants on.”

This was the case last week when a Post and Courier reporter wrote a story about the press conference at Shem Creek. While people have become used to the shading, slanting, and embellishing of stories in The Post and Courier, this time they were untruthful. It chose to tell its readership that I had been “aggressive” and had “got up in” someone’s “business.” Even though the newspaper was provided video evidence and statements to the contrary it persisted in columns written by Brian Hicks and Frank Wooten who, by the way, were not there.

It should also be mentioned that channels 2, 4, 5 and The Post and Courier had photographers on site and could not produce a picture of this alleged altercation nor did local television produce a story with such allegations. This all made a good story but is an absolute falsehood. It would do well for the entire Post and Courier staff to remember, “Thou shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”

Joe Bustos

Mount Pleasant Town Council

King Street

Mount Pleasant