Twice in the last week or so the El Paso Times has written/printed/communicated defamatory or misleading content. In both situations you know that Susie and Vero were behind the effort. Which is why I'm claiming the El Paso Times is locally owned and operated - by Susie and Vero.
The first thing they did was hijack a news piece about the EPISD board voting to close Burnet Elementary School in the Northeast. We could get into an argument about the how and why of closing the school, but that's not what we are here to do. The fact is the big headline reads that a school is being closed - nobody is going to think that's a happy/good thing.
So what does Vero and Bird do? Make sure the El Paso Times runs a picture of Dori running an EPSID meeting so that voters will blame her for the closing. The only problem - Dori wasn't there and didn't vote on this item. She had nothing to do with it. That's an underhanded, shitty move.
I beg you to think of yourself for a moment and what they'd do to you if they didn't like you.
The El Paso Times did print a correction, but that's never good enough. Damage was done... not that Vero needed any help because this thing is in the bag, out the door and being loaded into the minivan with the kids. It's just mean for the sake of being mean.
Jim Tolbert and friends were told they did nothing wrong and there'd be no charges from the district attorney associated with their non-illegal (not a word) behavior. Susie and Vero weren't having that one bit and had the El Paso Times convict Tolbert and friends in the court of public opinion without even hinting at the facts that make none of what they did illegal.
The El Paso Times did admit no charges would be filed, but then let some random dude go into a bizarre, idiotic rant about how they were guilty of a crime based on his limited understanding of the facts (and believe me, the guy doesn't know all the ins and outs of the case). The newspaper decided to judge Tolbert and friend guilty as charged based on the words of a guy a who has no position to be finding anyone guilty of anything.
Remember, it's not like these guys went on trial and a jury found them innocent. The DA didn't even have enough evidence of a crime to try and prosecute the case. No charges, no grand juries, no investigations and no trial. That's how a local lawyer who reads this blog put it to me after reading the EP Times defamation job. You could read the humorous tone in his email as he detailed just how many ways Tolbert and friends weren't found to be breaking the rules or the law, but yet the El Paso Times has some asshole on blast with no business trying people for crimes he has no jurisdiction over and finding them guilty.
There was a time when an editor at the El Paso Times might look at a story like that and ask some questions. Like, "who the f*ck is this guy and why does anyone care what he thinks? Do you want to get us sued?" No way in the world an ethical newsroom ever takes that line with this story. The whole world except for one dude finds these people did nothing wrong, but you're going to let this guy talk out of his ass to make a political point for Vero and Susie?
Again, can you imagine if you were a target of their anger. They own a newspaper that can defame you into oblivion without recourse. It's not like Tolbert or his friends will get an attorney and force the paper to make things right... so the trend will continue.
And just for all of you nutty whiners who don't know - the large mitigating factor in this was that members of the public were present. Had there been no members of the public it would have been different, but still likely not illegal.