Manufacturing Crisis to Deflect Attention
The bankruptcy testimony and depositions must be exposing Veronica Escobar’s dirty laundry to the public because, like all politicians who are attracting unwanted attention, she is looking to manufacture a crisis to distract you from the children’s hospital testimony. In case you missed it, KVIA ran a news segment on August 30, 2015, about the Confederate flag on a mural at the County Court House. In his piece, Andrew Polk interviewed the muralist, some El Pasoans and Veronica Escobar.
Veronica Escobar stated, in the piece, “I’ve never heard complaints but I’ve actually giving thought to how we deal with it…I think it would be appropriate to have a muralist paint over it.” Pay attention to the part where Veronica Escobar states not having any complaints.
I noticed two important things; the first is that the only individual that seems to be having a problem with the flag is Veronica Escobar. The other individuals interviewed did not have a problem with the flag. They all seem to agree with the muralist, Carlos Callejo’s statement that the flag “gives a historical perspective” to El Paso’s history.
What struck me the most is that I felt that the nexus for this news story was someone pitching an “issue” for KVIA to “expose.” My feeling is that it must have been one Veronica Escobar’s supporters who was looking to manufacture a community issue so that everyone gets distracted while the El Paso Children’s Hospital bankruptcy winds through the court system.
Other than KVIA’s report, I have not heard anyone else bring up the flag on the mural, yet Veronica Escobar has been “giving thought” to how to deal with it. She even admits no one has complained about it.
In other words, instead of dealing with the issues of the children’s hospital and all of the other issues at the County, she trying to create an issue about a flag that occupies less than 1 percent of the whole mural. In other words, she is trying to deflect your attention away from the important things.
The other thing that bothered me is Escobar’s statement that she is thinking about having a “muralist paint over it.”
No one has complained about it, yet Veronica Escobar feels she, alone, should be the one to have a “muralist paint over it.”
Hmmm, it appears now that Veronica Escobar has proclaimed herself the arbiter of El Paso’s acceptable public art. With her history, it should not really surprise anyone.