Last Saturday was scorching hot and I felt like it was going to be a slow news day. No accidents and it seemed like no one was out doing questionable decisions. Boy, Oh boy was I wrong. I didn’t even need to leave the house for the news to come pouring in.
Let me give you some background. I had already dealt with the sister of the suspected murderer of my cousin Valeria all week. Apparently, she takes offense that I keep calling him the sole suspect of Valeria’s murder. There’s only one problem with her disgust for the title given to Ismael Mares, it’s the truth. He IS the sole suspect in the murder of Valeria Salinas.
Then oddly enough I get a comment from, heaven help me, a man that’s supposed to be in jail. The guy felt the need to tell me that my news is old and “he’s almost out.” While his arrest was quite some time ago the headline was about his sentence that was set, on June 6th. Not quite sure how that was old news.
Oh, but it gets better, a couple of hours later a 17-year-old was so offended that we wrote about her arrest that felt entitled to report it to Facebook. Now please explain to me why a truth and factual article is harassment. Everyone has made a questionable choice in their life. It isn’t about judging but informing the public of an arrest is not harassment.
By Monday of this week El Tejano received more comments from people angry that we feature those arrested in articles. I’m not quite sure when the reporter became the perpetrator and the arrested the victim, but I can assure you one thing, journalism is not a crime.