Let me explain this for you. I understand you're doing the bidding for Meola and crew. That's obvious. I also understand you're doing your own backtracking because you ran the full press release before the press conference even happened. That was your journalistic mistake. Don't try defending Meola though in order to cover your own butt.
As for the website. First, it is about a PUBLIC FIGURE. By extension, Ashley is a public figure as a former candidate, committee member AND the subject of the affair. Ashley Dupree couldn't claim damages when she became infamous in the Spitzer scandal because, like here, the allegations were TRUE. And she was a subject of the scandal.
Second, nowhere on the website or press release does it claim any wrongdoing by the UPD. If anything, the UPD has confirmed everything he said. They confirmed there was a domestic dispute, but they say he didn't press charges. Neither did Kriten Longo. They confirm that he did contact them regarding the theft of money, but they claim it wasn't criminal because they were married. The original claims that it was a joint account were not true. It was not a joint account. But the real thing is that he was told by her that Meola had her back and was threatened that he would lose his job. You will get those text messages, too. So, nothing about the website is very scandalous or false. The scandalous part is the actions in which Frank Meola, the Council President and City Chairman, engaged in himself. All are true.
Forget criminal charges, he doesn't even have a civil claim because the allegation are TRUE.
Look back at how many times you have reported on sex scandals and other stuff. Now you suddenly want to protect a man that is a convicted felon and has been caught cheating on his wife while in office? Sick.
And you ask if it's a news story?!?! Well, you ran with a story about Zecca the day before the election and posted a phone call that had very little to do with Zecca. Does that mean Zecca should file criminal charges against you for cyber bullying? Nothing in Washburn's claims had any proof. Here you have actual PROOF beyond a reasonable doubt and you play dumb. Get a grip. You are only hurting Meola the more you talk about it.
Funny part is that you are defending him more than his own family, half of which are livid at him. Keep up the good work.