Ouch. I won't speak for all the media here, nor will I speak for the reporting of others.
But I believe in transparency.
Since I was handed this story several months ago, we've been working diligently on getting the story on the air. It takes longer than I'd like. Television news is a different beast than Online or print reporting. Yes, we need video. Of houses in question, of people, and of documents. Add to that the time that it takes to pull these records at the hall of records. Then, we have to track down key players and give them a chance to respond. When we go out and do that, we get a small but strident minority who say we're being too agressive and unethical. When I put a story on the air, I stand behind my work. I can't go on the air with a story without backing it up with documents and multiple sources. And many sources on this story were reluctant or otherwise unwilling to come forward. I talked with scores of members of the real estate industry who knew about the transactions that we reported in July, but were unwilling to discuss them on camera or even mention David Crisp Or Carl Cole.
Friday, September 14, 2007
Posted by Bakersfield Bubble at 8:37 AM