Iain Munro is the news director at KRQE.
He decides, or is the flak catcher for
the person or people who decide,
what truths will and will not be
shared with the people who look to
him and KRQE for their information.
Munro and KRQE have among their many obligations, the obligation to inform the democracy. Their obligation is at once;
- an ethical one, and
- a sacred one, and
- an utterly unenforceable one.
Munro’s motives for the memo (that created the appearance of conflicted interests) are unclear; no one at the station, including Munro, responded to numerous emails and phone calls over the past few weeks seeking comment on this story.The proper response; the only exculpating response; an easy response if they've nothing to hide, is to address the appearance of a conflict of interests by explaining them away. He and they need to own the conflicting interests and offer their assurance that they are resolving the conflicts ethically.
In the absence of any assurance of any kind, and in particular in continued absence of even Munro's open and honest acknowledgement of the conflict, the need for real concern is substantiated.
Munro and KRQE are behaving unethically; clear as the nose on your face. Just like when they covered for KRQE lawyer Marty Esquivel, link, when he squandered the people's trust and treasure in a cost-is-no-object non-viable legal defense.
The only way Munro and KRQE can regain the trust
they have squandered, is to start behaving ethically.
And that's not going to happen any time soon; mark my words.
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