Troy St. George, editor of the Port St. Lucie News, has been called out by other news outlets in the area for what they perceive as too much about the 21 year-old Texas native.
A recent study of the newspaper’s articles found that nearly 56% of the news content over the past three months featured Gomez in some way or another. The “Wizards of Waverly Place” star was mentioned in articles ranging from local high school wrestling to an editorial about recently-embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s drug use and alleged hooker patronage.
But the editor deflected accusations that he was focusing too much on the talented singer/actress. “That’s ridiculous,” St. George said. “I mean, what would you have me do? Fill the entire paper with stories about Obamacare? Or downer pieces about natural disasters? Or worse, sports? Come on!”
St. George said he was merely featuring news that was pertinent to his readers. He said the local residents had often written him letters asking for more positive news and stories about the good things celebrities did, “like break up with that snot-nosed, no-talent Justin Bieber” and “release songs that have a catchy vibe and are easy to listen to, like ‘Slow Down.'”
St. George said he didn’t have any copies any more of letters like that, nor did those types of letters make their way into the Letters to the Editor section of his newspaper, “but I got them. Believe me.”
St. George also defended the collage of Gomez pictures and posters that took up nearly two full walls in his office. “My, um, daughter did that. She put that up last weekend.”
When reminded that St. George was childless, he quickly backtracked. “I mean my niece. My niece put these wonderful pictures up. I have a meeting to go to. You need to go.”