Sunday, January 08, 2012

If not cronyism and complicity, then what?

I was asked yesterday at Conspiracy Brews, why I think the Journal is not investigating and reporting upon the ethics and accountability scandal in the leadership of the APS.

My answer; conspiracy.

I can tell, people are finding the pill hard to swallow;
a conspiracy of community leaders including the leadership of
APS, the Journal, and member news agencies of the
New Mexico Broadcasters Association KRQE, KOAT, KOB.

You decide.

My credibility doesn't play; I am not asking to be believed.

I'm saying look at the facts and try to imagine any good and ethical alternative explanation of what looks, walks and quacks like a conspiracy.

My allegation is that they won't tell the truth about;

  • their relentless denial of due process for the Citizens Advisory Council on Communication petition, and
  • the Caswell Report, and all (ethically redacted) public records of investigations into public corruption in the leadership of the APS and their publicly funded private police force, and
  • their denial of due process to hundreds of whistle blower complaints against senior administrators and board members, and
  • their abdication as senior role models of the APS Student Standards of Conduct, the Pillars of Character Counts! and,
  • (in the words of School Board President Paula Maes), their expressed intention to obstruct the commission of "... any audit that individually identifies ..." corrupt or incompetent senior administrators or board members.
I accuse APS Supt Winston Brooks, Journal Managing Editor Kent Walz, and School Board enforcer Marty Esquivel of lacking the character and the courage to communicate openly and honestly about the standards and accountability crisis in the leadership of the APS.

The Walz, Esquivel, Brooks axis and the NM FOG "Hero of Transparency" Award, link, ties the knot pretty squarely.

All any of them has to do to prove my accusation unfounded, is to actually do what they're supposed to by doing anyway.

Winston Brooks, seen here, arresting peaceful protestors at a community input meeting, can surrender an ethically redacted copy of the Caswell Report and the public record of investigations into felony criminal misconduct involving APS senior administrators and board members.

Kent Walz can tell his readers that he asked Brooks for the records with the intention of publishing them, and Brooks refused to surrender them.

Walz knows about the corruption; the Journal broke the story, link; he's had his nose rubbed in it more times than a puppy with a weak bladder.

He's between a rock and a hard place, they all are. How can they report credibly on corruption and incompetence in the leadership of the APS, without first reporting credibly on their failure to do so heretofore?

Marty Esquivel can explain to students, why they are expected to "model and promote the Pillars of Character Counts!", and
he is not.

Every other board member and senior administrator can immediately exonerate themselves of allegations of complicity or complacency in the ethics and accountability scandal in the leadership of the APS, by simply stating their intention to be held honestly accountable to the same standards of conduct that they establish and enforce up students.

All they have to do is step up as a role model;
something they're supposed to be doing anyway.

When the question is;
will you tell the truth? about the public interests
and your public service
any answer except yes,
means no.

photos and frame grab Mark Bralley

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