• Chris,
    News paper people are suppose to leave their personal opinions out of stories.  What journalism planet...are you on?  I don't care about the meetings.  Just grow up and do real journalism.  And sorry, what Frank wrote, another sick puppie.

    August 8, 2008 at 7:07 p.m.

  • Chatty Katty,

    I'm at a loss to understand the source of your anger against Frank. He's worked at the Advocate and lived in this community for 30 years. He married a wonderful local gal and raised their children here. He's a deeply religious man who cares deeply about photojournalism, his neighbors and his co-workers. Is he a saint? Far from it, but I'm proud to work with and learn from him.

    In terms of seeing the thinking in our meetings, we plan to soon offer live videostreaming of our morning planning meetings. Watch for details of that. There are many angles to any story, particularly a big issue like illegal immigration. We welcome our readers' suggestions and contributions on all topics.

    In the meantime, you and anyone else is welcome to come by to discuss any specific concerns. I'd be happy to set up such a discussion. My direct number is 361-574-1271.

    August 8, 2008 at 11:31 a.m.

  • Need to know....I think your "blighted thinking of what side of need to know" has you wearing blinders.     I have been told that if only we could see how hard the brains ponder at the meetings over the stories for print.  Many times there appears to be little brow sweat or your standards are low.  As for your funnel stories.  The title was inappropriate.  Also the caregivers could have been presented in a much better light with a spread that was totally focused on them and what they do now --with photo shots to support that.  That would have been a great human interest story.
    Instead you want just to feel sorry for the victims and continue to support illegal entry.  Just today your illustrious photo editor Frank Tilley took that posture while trying to sound scholarly and Christianly. Instead it came off like a pompous a**.  His comments give your group no further credit.  Your stories which you say were trying to say affected all -- impacted some who supported illegal trafficking.  I can't stomach such a coward that left people out there and locked the door of the store. You celebrated him? The souls of all murder victims should haunt you forever.
    I find it truly a laughable picture or truth that you call yourselves an ethics board.  Instead I believe the board is there to consider if you will get sued or not. I don't think you consider the public at except for the wow factor, will it arouse enough emotion or such to increase revenue?  Many of your stories that are printed are extremely shallow -- there seems to be no other reason for them -- except to fill space.
    And you call yourselves an ethics board? Is Frank Tilley on it?  If so, it is the lack of ethics board and the Victoria Advocate supports violating laws of the United States.  Even the employees are trying to justify.  And you call the VA a NEWSPAPER?  Instead it appears to nothing but a mere machine for personal events versus true news.  That is why there is so little of true news in your paper?
    Ethics, I am rolling on the floor laughing, and laughing, and laughing and laughing.....

    August 7, 2008 at 9:37 a.m.

  • South Texas Guy,

    In my opinion, your attacks on Mrs. McHaney are misplaced. She is as committed to the well-being of her community as anyone I've met in Victoria. She and others in her family devote much of their time to many community causes.

    She did personally support Deborah Branch in the primary race for district attorney. Our editorial board does not take positions on local races, however, and Mrs. McHaney has never tried to influence news coverage regarding our current district attorney or anyone else, for that matter, in my time as editor.

    When I arrived in April 2007, I spent the first several months trying to get to know various community leaders and their motivations and  their issues. During that time, I met several times with the district attorney and did share quite a few laughs with him and many others. I've tried to make it clear to all community leaders that my door is open at any time.

    During our ethics board meeting Tuesday, the board also discussed how some blur our news coverage with our editorial board's opinions about the "Law and Disorder" controversy and other issues. That's a somewhat unavoidable challenge as long as our board think it's important to take strong stands on a variety of issues. The editorial board has taken strong stands on the ongoing "Law and Disorder" saga.

    If anyone has any specific concerns about news coverage, please call to arrange a discussion. My direct number is 361-574-1271. I hope we'll share a laugh, too.

    August 6, 2008 at 7:19 a.m.

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