It is hypocrisy at its most poignant form.
When the ballpark controversy was at its height of controversy, several community members filed numerous open records requests with the city asking for documentation about the process that drove the ballpark. Among them was Stephanie Townsend Allala who spent a considerable amount of money to litigate the city into forcing it to release public records.
Townsend Allala spent her own money to force city transparency.
There was one news outlet that was notoriously silent on the city’s refusal to be transparent and even went so far as to be hostile towards Townsend Allala’s quest for government transparency. That was Bob Moore’s El Paso Times. Not only did the local newspaper not support Townsend Allala in her quest to force the city to release public records, but the paper never made an attempt to investigate with the same furor the ballpark as it has Larry Romero.
Imagine, for a moment, what the outcome may have been had Bob Moore allowed his staff the same leeway to file numerous open records requests and investigate as he has with Larry Romero. At the very least, the $22 million loss to the taxpayers would have been avoided and at best the ballpark would have been properly vetted by the taxpayers.
Instead, the outcome we have today is that the El Paso Times was paid by the City for a building many feel would not have been sold as it was and at the price that was paid for it. Do any of you really believe that is a coincidence?
Ask yourself this, what is the difference between Larry Romero and the ballpark processes? Both are controversial. Yet, the furor in filing open records requests searching for information on Larry Romero is much more intense then what the paper did for the ballpark. Why is that?
You may have noticed that absent from the picture I have been sharing of Cortney Niland, Susie Byrd, Ann Morgan Lilly, Michiel Noe and Steve Ortega all wearing ball caps at city hall is the El Paso Times. Although absent, the El Paso Times was instrumental in imposing the ballpark on the community. The paper is now leading the charge to distract you from asking the important question; who among Cortney Niland, Susie Byrd, Ann Morgan Lilly, Michiel Noe and Steve Ortega, directed or had a conversation with Joyce Wilson about delaying the sales of the bonds for the ballpark.
That is the $22 million question that the El Paso Times is helping to cover up.
As we continue to sit on the sidelines with the ongoing soap opera, designed to keep you distracted from the important question, keep an eye out for the notorious players and how they are manipulating you into ignoring the important questions.
Also, keep in mind what it means when someone is threatened with being “Luther Jonesed” in the future. Larry Romero needs to be investigated but he is just a pawn in a larger game, a sacrificial lamb to keep you from asking too many questions that the real corrupters don’t want you asking.