What had me flabbergasted was not the fact that Bob Moore was trying to create an illusion of having some semblance of journalistic integrity, but rather of having the audacity to write an editorial for no other apparent reason than his master telling him to do so.
Peel away the rhetoric and you can clearly see that Moore’s editorial, about comments made by Armando Rodriguez at a recent Canutillo School Board Meeting, is nothing more than Moore’s temper tantrum and his lack of integrity, personal and journalistic. There is no journalistic value to Moore’s editorial. As a matter of fact, his editorial belongs in a blog post and not in a so-called newspaper; especially coming from a “news professional” that Moore pretends to be.
Bob Moore wrote in his editorial that he wrote it because “credibility is something that both media and public officials need in order to be effective.” (Robert Moore” Canutillo school board member makes false accusation, smears veteran; Moore, Bob; April 5, 2015; El Paso Times)
Moore’s point of contention is that Armando Rodriguez accused a Times’ letter writer, Terrence A. Powers, of being a “fake” person. Terrance wrote a letter to the editor supporting Hunt in the flag debacle. Terrance was also quoted by the newspaper on a story about the flag debacle.
Moore ends his tirade with “making an accusation that someone who has been critical of public officials is ‘fake’ or part of some conspiracy should be based on something more than cursory research.”
Here is the significant issue with Bob Moore’s opinion.
Is it news worthy? Rodriguez is an elected official and like all public officials, he makes statements that are erroneous, incomplete or outright lies. Do Rodriguez’ comments rise to the level of being malicious or criminal?
From the point of view of Powers, he may feel that way but how many private individuals have ever been maligned by politicians in public policy agenda discussions. I bet many of you know of one, two or more. How many times has the local paper taken the time to complete in depth research to correct the record every time a politician mischaracterizes an individual?
More importantly, how many times has the newspaper, itself, under the tutelage of Bob Moore maligned private individuals to further the public policy agendas of various well-connected individuals? My blog is full of examples.
Clearly, there is more to Bob Moore’s tirade. What could it be?
Bob Moore took considerable time to research the existence of Terrence Powers because a politician accused Powers of being nonexistent. Why did Bob Moore do this?
Could it be that Armando Rodriguez’ underlining theme – questioning the integrity of the El Paso Times hit too close to the truth that Bob Moore felt compelled to correct the record. Better yet, did Moore’s editorial have more to do with protecting the reputation of Woody Hunt by supporting the illusion that Hunt does not have useful idiots, including Bob Moore, working to keep Hunt’s public agenda in place?
Whether Armando Rodriguez misspoke about the existence of Terrance Powers or whether he did not do enough due diligence to determine his existence is immaterial because his comments did not rise to the level of being newsworthy.
Liars are notorious for always trying to “correct” the record about the lies. A liar will always give you more information than necessary. There is much literature on why this is so but it all comes down to the fact that a liar is always looking over their shoulder wondering when the truth will come out and thus they over defend their assertions in the hopes that you don’t notice the lies.
Bob Moore knows that many individuals have documented his numerous failures with his own integrity and that of the newspaper he manages. Therefore, it should come as no surprise to you. In writing his editorial, Moore overacted because he knows that he has integrity issues.
Add to that mix that the whole flag debacle has reflected very badly on Woody Hunt and as such, it appears that Hunt has launched a public relations damage control mission. Hunt probably dispatched his useful idiots to help “correct” the public record.
As such, the only conclusion that can be drawn from Bob Moore’s extensive research into the existence of Terrence Powers and the editorial he wrote is that the editorial is part of the continuing work Bob Moore delivers on behalf of the benefactor that keeps his newspaper a float and thus keeps Moore’s paychecks coming. It was probably easy for Bob Moore to write, because he clearly felt the sting of realizing that the community has no trust in him or his newspaper.