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Resnek’s lying resonates with WBZ’s Nightside

  On WBZ News radio’s 1030 AM Nightside with Dan Rea, the longtime local journalist featured Boston Magazine’sstaff writer Gretchen Voss whose February edition cover story, “The Mayor, The Muckraker, and the Bombshell”, about the ongoing lawsuit by Mayor Carlo DeMaria against the Everett Leader Herald’s corrupt publisher Joshua Resnek and owner Matthew Philbin, started off the weekly nighttime show. The host, along with Voss, noted that the corrupt Everett Leader Herald publisher Joshua Resnek had crossed every line of journalistic integrity and legality while publishing horrific stories and editorials about Mayor Carlo DeMaria described by Rea as “fake news”. Voss, who said she knew of Resnek as a contributor at one of her first newspaper jobs at The Imposter Bostonian, agreed with Rea that she never saw a case as blatant as this – where Resnek knowingly printed lies and mistruths in order to justify the means of destroying the mayor’s chance at reelection in 2021. “If this was a prize fight it would be a TKO,” stated the host, when referring to the mayor’s defamation lawsuit against Resnek and Philbin. The story, which began in the Everett Advocate when the lawsuit began in 2021 beginning with Resnek’s depositions where he admits to printing lies and fabricating interviews and notes, has taken a life of its own both regionally and nationally, when the NY Post published their story on the lawsuit last week. During last night’s radio interview with the Boston Magazine scribe, callers from Everett offered their point of view, with callers agreeing that Resnek and Philbin were out to destroy the mayor and his family, calling their actions “despicable” to “criminal” as they published “lie after lie” for years without any regard to the mayor’s family and reputation. Voss also pointed out Resnek’s attempt to wave aside the lawsuit, stating that the newspaper has insurance. But given that the insurance company is seeking dismissal of the newspaper’s $1 million libel and slander policy from the court over Resnek’s admission to writing lies about the mayor, the city solicitor, asst. city solicitor and chief financial officer, one has to wonder how Resnek’s arrogance is faring now. One caller form Everett asked “how anyone could possibly read that disgraceful rag now?” Great question. “It’s time to lock the doors,” said another caller. Voss stated that Philbin has been personally funding the newspaper for years, and that the paper has been bleeding funds for quite some time. “The clock is ticking” on the newspaper. The last caller pretty much summed up what we’ve known all along when he thanked the writer for the article and for “exposing Resnek for the fraud that he is.” We couldn’t agree more. – JDM

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