by Elliott Stonecipher
A few days ago, in an article I wrote entitled, “What We Don’t Know Haunts Mayoral Election,” I stressed the unique responsibility of our local news media in presenting to us important facts about candidates seeking election as Mayor of Shreveport. I expressed my central point this way:
“It is axiomatic that voters cannot know what we cannot know. That is what the news media is tasked by community contract to do: find the facts and truth in matters of consequence, give it to us, and let us decide what to do with and about it. Who we elect to be our next mayor is of urgent consequence. Our city’s long stay in governmental and political purgatory is now primed to roll-over into the only thing worse.”
In its 10:00 PM newscast last evening, KTBS Television presented an excellent example of the journalism to which I referred. The subject news segment – assembled by the team of Elsa Gillis, Laura Ashley Overdyke, T.W. Starr and possibly others – is entitled, “Inconsistencies Merit Further Questions for Shreveport Mayoral Candidate Victoria Provenza.”
Each viewer of the piece must and will judge its merits and meaning. Personally, I congratulate and thank KTBS for its work, regardless of which candidate is the subject.
I, too, urge the station to complete this work. KTBS and other news media have previously provided coverage of candidate and State Representative Patrick Williams’ “double-dipping” in reimbursements of job-related expenses. We now look forward to such effort by the station and/or other news media concerning the leading candidate, Ollie Tyler.
Elliott Stonecipher’s reports and commentaries are written strictly in the public interest, with no compensation of any kind solicited or accepted. Appropriate credit to Mr. Stonecipher in the sharing – unedited only, please – of his work is appreciated.
NOTE FROM FORWARD-NOW.COM: We have not taken, nor will we endorse a candidate in the mayor’s race. We have tried to encourage fair investigation of evidence that will tell voters important information that impacts the election. We DO RESERVE THE RIGHT to chose which stories will be published. We leave it to readers to evaluate the value of the information made available. Only when you do not vote will we be critical of your decisions, and too many eligible voters do not exercise their right to vote and then complain about the results of the election.