Sure. Sheriff Glenn Smith died. Just not before another inmate suicide. Texas media alluded to “Racial Strife” but there was zero mention of misogyny, Media has a long, well-documented history of making their misogyny invisible. So I always look for what’s not there. Such as No Blue checkmarks for potent Women. Such as Black Women. Such as local fire-brand, Propane Jane.
Or the equally smart and savvy, “Emrazz.” Neither have Blue Checks. See how Twitter, with it’s 6,000 mostly “bro” employees, works? But I digress.
When I first called the City Desk at the Houston Chronicle, it was to alert The Chronicle of to push back at Sheriff’ Smith’s laughable, “Independent Investigation” the editor asked where I was calling from. (This was after I showed him the Conflict).
I answered “San Diego” and he immediately challenged me with, “How does someone in San Diego know this?” (Again, this was after whirling him around the documented online conflict).
I answered, “Have you heard of the Internet?” The Houston Chronicle did not report the conflict. Because often media renders Misogyny, invisible. Media is proficient at invisible misogyny.
But I also contacted Keith Garvin, so he could amend his report. Bupkis. So, lovely Black Women — Do not depend on Black Male Journalists. So I called all major Texas media outlets.
Not a single one responded. This is what Texas Misogyny and Racism looks like.
Meanwhile, Judge Dun is all but advertising his conflicts.
Quick! Someone call Waller County DA Elton Mathis and explain to him the meaning of the word, “Independent.” Then ask him to inform Sheriff Glenn Smith. Then: Start over! The latest screams Conflict of Interest. Or would had the reporter done any kind of checking. Really. Any kind at all.
Normally we don’t call out really bad reporting, but the Sandra Bland case is too important leave unaddressed. Sadly, this post stars Houston’s KPRC anchor, Keith Garvin who interviewed attorney Paul Looney about Waller County’s already problematic Sheriff, Glenn Smith.
Sheriff Smith supposedly called for an independent investigation into the death of Sandra Bland, but hired Looney & Conrad, the firm in which Waller County Judge Trey Duhon is officially, “Of Counsel.” (This is on top of Elton’s calling for an Independent investigation and the Chronicle’s report on that involving Lewis M. White and Darrell W. Jordan two other attorneys.)
No seriously. I am not making this up. Back to the problematic Sheriff and his choice pick. We’ll let a competent reporter ask Judge “I run the county” Duhon why he didn’t advise Sheriff Smith he was “Of Counsel” to Looney & Conrad and how employing the firm would be a clear, Conflict of Interest.
Also, is the firm getting paid for this investigation? If so, how much? Please note in Looney & Conrad’s June 1, 2015, announcement of bringing Judge Duhon in as “Of Counsel” an announcement includes the fact that:
Looney & Conrad are not certified in any area of practice by the State of Texas.
Click below for the televised interview. This rather significant fact was completely missing from Keith Garvin’s report.
One picture is worth a thousand words
Note the change in the Facebook Cover photo of Looney and Conrad – Clues, anyone?
Yes, I did call the station to inform them of their miss. Am waiting to hear back.
Just kidding! No breaths are being held.
But seriously, folks. Step up your game.