Where is the journalistic integrity at the Dundalk Eagle?
Fluff reporting does a disservice to readers.
When I first saw the headline in this week’s edition the Dundalk Eagle concerning violence in Baltimore County Public Schools, my first thought was, “Here we go again–another piece of fluff by a reporter who fails to do his/her homework.”
As the publisher The Baltimore Post, the one thing I demand from anyone working for this site is to be professional and thorough.
This is not the first time that the Post has challenged the Dundalk Eagle over its reporting, – or lack thereof – regarding numerous articles.
The most recent and memorable example of the Eagle’s lame attempt to garnish the facts reported to them is found in our coverage of the Dundalk High School principal and the circumstances surrounding that event.
For those that need to be reminded of what took place, please read the below links to review our coverage of the incident. Also, please take note of the number of readers these articles on school violence have attracted. Here is the list of the coverage from the Post regarding school violence, all written prior to any statements being made by any politicians:
Meanwhile, here is the Eagle’s take on the same topic:
(Publisher’s Note: the Post deleted the name of the principal out of concern for her privacy.)
Dundalk High principal out for personal reasons
By Bill Gates firstname.lastname@example.org
Dundalk High School principal XXXX is on leave for personal reasons, according to a Baltimore County Public Schools spokesman.
Sources within in the school said XXXX is going on leave to take care of an ill family member. School officials could not confirm this, out of respect for XXXX privacy.
“She will be back,” school spokesman Mychael Dickerson said. “She’s still the principal of the school.”
Larissa Santos will be acting principal of Dundalk High until XXXX return.
The fact is, the principal never returned to Dundalk High School, not even for the graduation ceremony. That speaks volumes as to what took place involving this incident.
The Post is looking into other issues that may have contributed to the removal of said principal.
The Post received a lot of push back on the articles. As the publisher of the Post, I made the choice to stand by our story. As you will see in this link, our reporting was correct.
Now here’s a quote from the Eagle that sticks in my craw:
“Councilman Todd Crandell (R-7), state Sen. Johnny Ray Sailing (R-6) and Dels. Bob Long, Ric Metzgar and Robin Cranmer (all R—6) are demanding that the school board take action to address the issue. The group released a press release last week detailing what they believe should be the course of action moving forward, which includes engaging young minds both in and outside of school and enforcing strict consequences when violent incidents occur.”
You see, folks, there is an old expression that goes, “You talk the talk, but can you walk the walk? In plain language, words are cheap and mean nothing if action is not taken.
To again show how lame the Eagle’s reporting is, I would ask Ms. Mccaslin (the reporter) to please show me anywhere in the media where Councilman Todd Crandell addresses the BCPS violence issue prior to the pols’ joint press release. If you look below, you will see request for a response from Councilman Crandell, but there was no response.
Both Delegates Bob Long and Ric Metzgar did respond to a phone call; however, I asked them to forward me a press release that the Post would publish. After the phone call, there was no further response.
State legislators should address this issue of school violence in the General Assembly in Annapolis. The violence in question is not limited to the east side of Baltimore County. At the very least, legislators in other districts should be involved in dealing with this serious and devastating problem that impacts our children.
Another issue that concerns me is why they did not pursue the lack of response from the Baltimore County Police Department regarding the serious assault that took place on the school bus in 2016, as evidenced in the video we published.
The following response from Mychael Dickerson will make your head spin because it’s so absurd:
“I‘ve heard about [the increase] from a few folks,” said BCPS spokesman Mychael Dickerson. “I believe a lot of this is being brought up by social media and people sharing videos, but many of those that I’ve seen have been old, old videos.”
Dickerson went on to claim that of the videos he had not previously seen, many of these new videos were recorded in neighborhoods, out of the jurisdiction of the school board.”
Sorry Mr. Dickerson, but all the videos that appeared in The Baltimore Post occurred in the BCPS “jurisdiction,” and they are not “old, old videos.” One more thing, Mr. Dickerson: count the numbers and tell me if that’s what you call “a few folks?” If it is, then I think you need to go back to school and learn math.
In closing, there may be a reason for the lack of response from our politicians. The Post has been critical of these specific pols’ and their crony capitalism. If this issue involved Trade Point Atlantic, you can bet this would garner more than a press release. This may explain why they chose a reporter who takes dictation rather than ask tough questions.
If you want to keep reading fluff and propaganda, then you can fly (low) with the Eagle. You won’t find that type of reporting here in The Baltimore Post.