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Local radio mixes commentary with hard news

By   /   November 2, 2012  /   1 Comment

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Morongo Basin, CA – It’s no secret that the local radio station is 100 percent behind Measure U.

Management at the station is running three duplicated side-by-side advertisements promoting Measure U. That is the station’s right to run advertisements as they see fit.

However, that is not what this short blog is complaining about. It’s about manifestly insulting residents whom attend town council meeting in Yucca Valley to raise their concerns on important and controversial issues. That is the American way, and what is expected from the electorate.

Consequently, the so-called Award-Winning radio station fell short of professional journalism and their obligation to the community.

Under the header YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETING ROUTINE LAST NIGHT, the station digressed because it disagrees with the content of what some community folks had to say during this meeting.

It branded the speakers at the meeting as “the usual cast of comment characters” – rather than report on news content in a responsible manner.

I have a BA in Government/Journalism – not a big deal; it won’t even get you a cup of coffee at the local coffee shop — and I know cheesy news reporting when I read it.

This is not the first time the station has skirted its responsibility to the community with bias reporting.

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Branson Hunter

(This story was posted by Cactus Thorn contributor Branson Hunter)

"The ends do not justify the means." If you use illegal mean to accomplish a legal and even desirable result, the good result does not make the bad means you used justifiable.

1 Comment

  1. I did not attend that meeting. Any citizen that attends a Town Council meeting and waits for the end to speak at the meeting should not be chastised by the local “Community Radio Station” for speaking three minutes during the Public Comment period, in my opinion.

    According to the printed version of that “news” segment, it does not appear that the Managing News Editor,Tami Roleff, chastised the public speaker. I did not listen to the news reports that day either.

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