By: Diane Benjamin
Even the Pantagraph doesn’t convict people in the court of public opinion! WGLT does.
Two days ago they did a story about Carlock’s Mayor: Carlock Mayor Arrested Not Charged Domestic Dispute
No Charges Were Filed. The police should consider themselves lucky the mayor didn’t sue them for false arrest.
Even Ryan Denham, a normally competent reporter, quoted a McLean County State’s Attorney:
It was not clear beyond a reasonable doubt who was the primary aggressor in the case, Koll added.
So why the hit piece three months after it happened? Obviously somebody out to “get” Jeremiah Houston tipped off WGLT. Denham fell for it!
The story includes a cute disclaimer about holding elected officials to a higher standard. Since no charges were filed and the State’s Attorney’s office said they couldn’t ascertain what happened, why did WGLT feel the need to smear Houston? He didn’t even see a judge.
This reminds me of NPR reporting on Russian Collusion. Two years of Trump is guilty until he wasn’t. Then they accused Trump of obstructing an investigation into a crime that never existed. Brilliant reporting. WGLT is an NPR affiliate.
A call was made to the police from outside the Houston house. Neither Houston or his wife called the police for help. Did that caller tip off WGLT?
This story proves journalism has died at WGLT. Ryan is usually much better than this.