Thursday, August 03, 2006

Message for Journalists

A writer for the New Times Broward-Palm Beach, an alternative weekly, blogs about the media in South Florida (Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach). In that region, just like in the Rio Grande Valley, a lot of corruption takes place. Also like in South Texas, those bastards keep getting away with it.

At the end of this post on local corruption, the writer has a message for his fellow reporters, one that every journalist should hear:
I want every reporter who reads this thing to make a vow today to uncover some corruption this year. Go all the way. Don’t just touch it and say you’re finished. Close the fucking deal. And then fight for it against the sap-headed editor who quit living years ago and doesn’t want to actually feel anything like adrenaline touch his or her tepid bloodstream. It’s time to wake up.
Community watchdog groups and a few local bloggers try to keep an eye on public officials who are up to no good, but think how much more gets done when someone (that is, a reporter) gets paid to root out corruption full-time.

That's why I'm glad the Valley has its own alternative weekly, The Paper of South Texas (which I freelance for). That's one more guardian looking out for taxpayers. Let's hope other RGV reporters wake up and heed this call to uncover corruption in their own backyard.

25 Comments:

Blogger Cut Throat said...

Can anyone tell me why Richard Cortez in conjunction with Rene Guerra destroyed Ric Godinez on a supposed Politiquera scandal? Elvira Rios the Godmother of politiquera's was working and even partied at Rene Guerra's vicory party. How can Rene Guerra use the same politiquera's for his own race that he indicted? He was even ousted by a mole in a bustdown with famed Comm. Sylvia Handy for ten thousand dollars to hire her politiqueras. What happened to all of that anyway? It was like the scandal was created for the sole purpose of getting Richard "Republican" Cortez elected. And now he is there he is endorsing "Do Nothing Perry" and praising "War Destractor Bush" Isn't this the same guy that was the deciding vote on a smoking ban ordinance for the city of McAllen? I wonder how many children and citizens of this city will acquire lung cancer because of this man's failed leadership? We were all fooled to believe that this man would be elected for the people when he was elected to erase some zeros and get Montalvo consruction some more of our tax dollars. It's time that we woke up people and get these generals of greed and corruption out of office and out of our lives.

2:57 PM  
Blogger Alcatraz said...

People with writing skills of the sort this bloke so cavalierly brings here dseserve to be publicly whipped!

4:26 PM  
Blogger Alcatraz said...

Opps. I was biting my girlfriend's luscious tit as I typed that last post. That should have been "deserve."

4:27 PM  
Blogger The Spotlight said...

great post mack!

8:27 PM  
Blogger Cut Throat said...

Hey Alcatraz, why not debate the subject matter of the post and not the grammer in our comments? Are you that depressed a person to have to disect our grievences against these politicos than reply. Need a hug?

8:49 AM  
Blogger Rico Politico said...

Mack, that's a great challenge but it shouldn't be reserved just to journalist but to bloggers and people in general that know corruption exists in their community.

9:15 AM  
Blogger Alcatraz said...

Cut Throat, lad,

...I can't get past the awful writing. It's hard to understand what this first poster is trying to say. I see the typing and then instantly picture a one-legged retard trying like Hell to get on down the road, as Gov. Rick might say.

You spelled "grammar" incorrectly. Your "dissect" is a murder. And it's "grievances" that you wished to write.

Analogy: Have you ever been with a semi-attractive ditz in the middle of the night. You say, to her: "Wanna go to the backseat?" And she replies, "No, I want to stay here with you."

It's more than annoying, this unique style of South Texas writing. And the kicker, to me, is this: Some people even go to San Antonio to "educate" themselves!

1:39 PM  
Blogger JoeJalea said...

I agree with Alcatraz. Most RGV blogs are pitiful when it comes to the writing.

My 2nd peeve: All of these Blogs steal from other sites!

Mack harrison of this site stole from a Florida alternative paper (story about how reporters need to be more hard-nosed) and then sat back and watched his fellow RGV bloggers cpongratulate him for posting a story that needed to be told.

Perhaps it did. But Harrison should have penned his own original story. Any monkey can take somebody else's words. That's not journalism. That's electronic paste-up, a miscreant's work.

1:58 PM  
Blogger Shaine Mata said...

brave words coming from a blogless chap.

7:31 PM  
Blogger JoeJalea said...

And now, Miguel, here comes a sap fully believing the idea that handling a Blog is any sort of accomplishment....look around, Bozo, there are some 18 million Blogs in Texas alone. "Blogless," he throw out. Blogless? If that isn't out-and-out juvenile excretia, well, I don't know S*H*I*T...BTW, is that a shirt or some rural shower curtain you're wearing? Baffling, indeed...

7:51 PM  
Blogger Shaine Mata said...

Yes, that's a very thoughtful comeback.

I invite you to do better than Mack. Show us how it's done as you are obviously an expert.

11:31 PM  
Blogger JoeJalea said...

Shaine, lad,

You write: "...show us how it's done."

That right there is the rub, son. No one "has" to show you how it's done. You should know how to do it yourself! Mack is no genius. From what I've seen his skill lies in stealing posts from other sites and then re-working them to suit his own, which, really, is no art, but more of a whiney technician's exercise in copying & pasting.

I've yet to see an original blog in S. Texas, other than ElRocinante.com, which has captured a true niche and which stays true to its style. All these others are posers, wannabes - cheap imitations of Kool-Aid.

Indeed, it is you who is Blogless, as you'd said earlier. In he final analysis, you, sir, are alone with your medocrity. By choice, I presume...

3:55 AM  
Blogger JoeJalea said...

Conclusion for July: there are now at least 70 million blogs in existence with 63 million blogs having been created on 8 leading blog hosting sites that host 1 million or more blogs alone.

It is estimated that as many as 50 million of these are in the USA.

So, now do you think you have something "unique" to offer?

Not quite...

4:15 AM  
Blogger Earn My Vote said...

I will try my best.

10:10 AM  
Blogger The Spotlight said...

Mack has plenty of original opinion pieces. He did excellent work at The Monitor, too. El Rocinante also posts from other blogs and takes commentary from The Herald. How is that different?

1:00 PM  
Blogger pugsley dibrute said...

Gentlemen, lets not lose our true focus, that is to weed out or at least expose these charlatans as to who and what they are. As an insider in city gubmint, in a large police department, I know corruption up close and personal. All of us ,site owners, bloggers cub reporters and insiders need to show who the crooked are amongst us! These things will not see the light of day in the msm. Lets have at it! ( My 2 cents. )

2:27 PM  
Blogger JoeJalea said...

The beauty of the Internet (by way of these Blogs) is that it provides a forum for original thought. I say, take the opportunity and venture into "reality." Post original tinking, not simply re-barf the words of other writers elsewhere.

When Mack Harrison stole that article from the Florida alternative, he was taking the easy way out. He was endorsing the words of another writer, true. But he threw it onto his web site as if he was the originator. He credited the writer and his publication, but it was still an appropriation.

Why can't Valley writers dare to come up with their own stories? Why surf the web until you find something well-written, and then float it on your site.

ElRocinante does it on occasion. But, by and large, it cuts the swath. RGVMack "tops-off" his postings; that is, he takes material from somewhere else and then simply writes an intro paragraph or two. The result is an article, sure, only it is not all his. That is fraud. He is faking his way to credibility.

Can't a Rio Grande Valley reporter put his noggin to work and come up with a report on exactly how the media fails border citizens?

I could do it, with ease...

3:19 PM  
Blogger JoeJalea said...

Oops...that should have read: "Post original thinking..."

I was fondling my girlfriend's tits while typing. I'm sure you understand.

3:21 PM  
Blogger Truth Be Told said...

I am all for a free press that strives to keep a check on corruption from penetrating our government system. However, I do not agree with smearing a persons name for the purpose of satisfying a personal agenda. I believe The Paper has lost sight of this goal when they reported on the situation in La Joya ISD, regarding the superintendent.

If this publication is all for rooting out corrupted officials, then why would they publicly endorse a political slate that itself has been corrupt. Corrupt in a sense that they are “toying” with peoples jobs-their life, a means of supporting their children- to satisfy a political agenda. Apparently though, this publication seems to ignore these types of actions since they (USA) have impressive resumes, “While education and experience don’t automatically equal honesty and frugality The Paper is impressed with the resumes of Garza-Uresti, Salinas and Alaniz”(emphasis mine). Even when this board admits to its true intentions when stating, “It’s political, I’m not going to lie,” and follows up on these intentions when reassigning seven other administrators, this publication is surprisingly silent. Where is the story in bringing to light the corrupt politicians who are making room for their own people to fill these vacant spots? As in the case of the superintendent, these people were reassigned with no stated reason, other than the “it’s political” statement made in reference to Mrs. Leo.

Instead, this publication continues its attack on what it deems political opposition, since they did endorse the team that was running against a party supported by her husband, by printing false statements. This is seen in one of their editorials, in describing her ascent to the top position in the district, “She managed to do this without a doctoral degree and allegedly without the required superintendent’s certification bestowed by the Texas Education Agency to deserving applicants.” A PhD was never a requirement for that position in La Joya ISD, and the proper certification needed for the job was there as well and recognized by the state. Those are erroneous statements and might even be considered libelous. Furthermore, the use of the word “allegedly” is not the first time words like this are used in this publications printings. As bloggers, do we not constantly try to provide facts to justify our statements? When did it become acceptable to print information based on hearsay and not concrete evidence?

I’m glad the valley has its own alternative weekly as well, I just hope that it would use more caution before they print inaccuracies and try to provide a little bit more fair and balanced reporting.

1:24 PM  
Blogger Strange Bedfellows said...

Alcatraz, I read your novel as I was standing in line at half-priced books. You sir, are no novelist, so please do us the favor and wither away peacefully.

10:02 AM  
Blogger Alcatraz said...

Sorry to unmask you as a Liar, but Half-Price Books does not sell my novel. Anything else, miscreant?

12:43 PM  
Blogger pugsley dibrute said...

Lets stick to exposing corruption. Like why would an outgoing police chief in a large valley city would be building a 4K sq, foot home in a gated community , next to big time drug dealers? As pay back? AS being next his his true pals? Is the protection racket that profitable? Expose THAT crap!

6:43 AM  
Blogger JoeJalea said...

Riom Grande Valley reporters are not skillful enough to expose corruption. Really, they believe that merely by bringing the tinist turd to life that they've done their job. But apart from that, it is the media ownership that puts the clamps on investigative reporting. Freedom Newspapers, owner of the tree RGV dailies, has a monooply, and overseers of the company's journalism see no reason why they should augment staff or chase the real stories. They have their advertising base no matter what they publish, so why shake the trees? It is a tremendous disservice, but there it is...

10:44 AM  
Blogger Strange Bedfellows said...

I never said I bought your book at half-priced books. I said I was reading it while in line at the store. Nice job of making that connnection, miscreant.

3:07 PM  
Blogger Mack Harrison said...

Alcatraz, Strange Bedfellows, you two take it outside.

5:12 PM  

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