Friday, August 15, 2008

FREEDOM COMMUNICATIONS DECLARES ITSELF HOPELESS AND THROWS IN THE TOWEL, WHILE ACCEPTING INCOMPENCE IS ALL THEIR EDITORS HAVE TO OFFER

The following is an e-mail I sent Jonathan Segal, President of Freedom Communications Newspapers Division.

Jon,

I deeply and profoundly care about my community. The Founding Fathers knew and understood a competent press is essential to our freedoms. I do not understand Freedom's near psychotic obsession with only hiring the bottom of the barrel when it comes to reporters and editors.

Here is the story

http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/willacy_89152___article.html/convicted_judge.html

Here is the problem - "The felony conviction will lead the state to remove Barnhart from office pending his appeal to the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.."

How can a reporter not know that an appeal of a State District Court conviction goes to a state appellate court, and not a federal appellate court? How did the editor let this slip? How is a story about the criminal conviction of a state district court judge not checked for accuracy?

Jon, Freedom either needs to hire competent editors and reporters or face the reality its operations in the LRGV are dead. Please stop with the pretending and face the reality that Freedom's News services in the LRGV is run by a bunch middle school aspiring journalists.

I can tell you - it is nearly a sure thing that each and every story coming out of a court has mistakes. This level of incompetence is a major lawsuit waiting to happen.

Further, I receive my Sunday paper between 10:30 and 11:00 a.m. During the week I receive my paper between 8:30 and 9:00 a.m. Every day the paper goes right into the recycle bin. Who is going to wait until 11 a.m to read their paper? By 8:30 a.m. during the week most people are gone and off to work. If the paper cannot be delivered in time to read it before going to work, what is the point of subscribing to the paper?

This is a fundamental failure of management, which goes directly to your office. When are you going to get that the managment of your papers in the LRGV bring new meaning to the concept of incompetence?

Bobby Wightman-Cervantes

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Brownsville = Vanity Fair

Anonymous said...

Barrnhart was a County Judge not a State District Court Judge.

BobbyWC said...

I should have read the article more carefully - I was so frustrated with the appeal mistake I never really read who he was.

I do believe 710 radio repeatedly referred to his as a district court judge - which I found odd every time I heard it because I thought Lopez handled Willacy COunty .

but nice catch.

My bad

Thank You

Bobby WC

BobbyWC said...

I should have read the article more carefully - I was so frustrated with the appeal mistake I never really read who he was.

I do believe 710 radio repeatedly referred to his as a district court judge - which I found odd every time I heard it because I thought Lopez handled Willacy COunty .

but nice catch.

My bad

Thank You

Bobby WC