By: Diane Benjamin
What relationship should exist between government and media?
We know WGLT employee RC McBride was on the Normal Town Council until he was defeated last April.
We know WGLT employee Mike McCurdy is the chair of the Connect Transit Board and appointed by the Town of Normal.
Does WGLT ever do any negative reporting on the Town of Normal? If they do they are risking this:
If the Town of Normal wasn’t in the entertainment business they wouldn’t have a need to pay media.
Why is Normal paying $1,200 for Uptown Partners holiday marketing? On January 6, 2020 the Town wrote Uptown Partners a check for $10,000. When Pam Reece was asked how much the Uptown businesses contribute to Uptown Partners, she didn’t know.
Is Uptown Partners like Bloomington’s defunct Downtown Business Association? Bloomington taxpayers funded it instead of the downtown businesses.
Follow the money. Don’t expect hard-hitting investigative reporting from WGLT with anything negative about the Town of Normal or Connect Transit. The one exception is reporting on Trustee Stan Nord. WGLT is free (if not encouraged) to do negative stories on Nord.
They obviously have a conflict of interest. Therefore reporting by WGLT should be suspect and not only with regards to Connect Transit and the Town of Normal. They have allowed themselves to be compromised.