Monday, December 15, 2014

Media Outlets Acting The Same As Before

It's amazing how some people can change the world around us.  Via Texas Monthly, November 1984:
The News was barely a month old when, with the help of a maverick taxpayers’ group that the Times had ignored, it broke a story about serious discrepancies in the accounts of the city street department. Two weeks later it revealed that the street department, which possessed just 86 vehicles, had listed payments for 686 batteries. The effect was like seeing the emperor’s new clothes; as soon as the youngster talked, no one else could ignore the facts—not even the Times. Once aroused from complacency, the daily had no trouble scooping its semiweekly competitor on street department corruption stories. But while the Times stuck by Martin, the News attacked the mayor in front-page editorials. In late October Martin announced that he would not seek reelection. It had taken Tony Sanchez fewer than twenty issues to bring down the machine.
For all the props that Aldo Tatangelo gets in being a reformer in Laredo in the late 1970s, little is said about Lawrence Berry, The Laredo News, and Tony Sanchez. 

In 2009, when the story of Abraham Martinez (hospital CEO) broke, the Laredo Times and KGNS didn't speak about it.  Both media outlets relied on advertising money from Laredo Medical Center, so it makes sense that they wouldn't bring up their clients' dirty laundry.  It's disconcerting to see history repeating itself.    

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