By: Diane Benjamin
See WGLT’s latest on Sister Cities/Tari Renner: http://wglt.org/post/caught-middle-sister-cities-chair-defends-programs-work#stream/0
One would think as Public Radio and part of ISU, real journalists would be writing the stories. Evidently not. I hope future employers of journalism students take that into account if their degree is from ISU!
The story has problems determining fact from fiction. It claims Margot Ehrlich was an official delegate on the trip to Japan. Hint WGLT: Just because Tari says it, it doesn’t make it true.
How did Margot get that position? Sleeping with the mayor?
Was anybody else allowed to apply for the job? (Japan, not sleeping with the mayor)
If Margot was “official”, why did she pay for the trip 3 weeks later and before anybody knew the City paid for the ticket?
Was Tari an “official delegate” too? Why didn’t he pay for his ticket if that’s what official delegates do?
The Sister Cities guy claims everybody paid for their trips. WGLT didn’t ask is they “donated” money to the tax-deductible Sister Cities Committee and plan to take a tax deduction for that donation. Inquiring minds really want to know!
So many questions!
So little journalism!
I wonder if this is the WGLT motto?
Listen to the interview. A few more details were filled in. Yes, some people took an additional tour. A total of 32 were on the trip, but not all went on the tour.