In 2010, the small city of Bell, CA was front page news nationwide. Over 17 years, the city manager and other municipal officials bilked tax payers out of millions of dollars. The LA Times won a Pulitzer for reporting on this story but it had paid no routine attention to this “cesspool of corruption” during the many years the fraud was active.
Deadbeats, the September 12 episode of WNYC’s series ON THE MEDIA (available by podcast) examines the failure of journalists to hold the powerful accountable.
The entire program is worthy of your time because the same decline in beat reporting has occurred here. If, as some of us suspect, high level political and commercial corruption exists in British Columbia, it is a safe bet that the corporate media has no ability or interest in reporting the stories.
The following is an introduction to the ON THE MEDIA report.
Gadget Google – Lecteur multimédia de Google – http://www.liens-du-vin.ch/google-audio_player-script.htm